Associate Principal Scientist - Bioanalytical

West Point, PA, US
February 20 2018
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Requisition ID: PHA001438

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.


Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 


The Department of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism (PPDM) at West Point is seeking an experienced assay development scientist to join the Discovery Bioanalytical group. The primary role of the successful candidate will be to support and contribute to drug discovery teams within the Infectious Disease and Vaccines therapeutic area through development of targeted biochemical, molecular, and cell based assays. The successful candidate will be a scientific leader, with a passion for developing assays, delivering high quality data, and helping teams choose the right assays for data-driven decision making. A record of accomplishment of successful collaboration while working in cross-functional project teams is expected. The successful candidate will also have responsibility for mentoring, scientific supervision, and training scientists, as well as contributing to setting Discovery Bioanalytical strategy.






  • A Ph.D. degree in Biology, Virology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related area with 4+ years of experience, or a MS degree with 8+ years of experience, or a BS degree with 12+ years of experience in the field of relevant experience

  • 4+ years of experience in assay development
  • Strong scientific background in the drug discovery and development process, preferably in areas of infectious diseases and vaccines
  • Strong technical expertise in bioanalytical assay design, development and execution in support of antiviral, antibacterial, and/or vaccine discoveryExpertise in molecular and cell biology with demonstrated ability to achieve results
  • Ability to understand and implement applicable regulations regarding the use of pathogens (e. g. virus, bacteria, fungi), human cell and tissue use, laboratory safety, health physics and chemical hazards in research.
  • Expertise in troubleshooting experimental design, assay development and data analysis
  • Excellent communication, mentoring, influencing and leadership skills

    Experience with immunoassay platforms such as MSD, Luminex, ELISA, AphaLISA is a plusExperience in cell-based functional assays to monitor immunogenicityFamiliar with liquid handlers and other automation platforms for sample preparation and assay processExperience in new assay technology evaluationEstablished external scientific reputation (e.g. publication record, leadership in consortia, external presentations)

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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