Senior Scientist

Las Piedras, PR
March 08 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005844

The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. With a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products, 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. MRL 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.

Right now, we are in the process of assembling our dream team—a group of scientifically diverse individuals inspired to invent in an environment of relentless curiosity and spirited collaboration. The best of the best. Is this you?


This position is responsible for providing scientific and technical expertise within the Analytical Science functions in Analytical Development and Commercialization for Puerto Rico Pharmaceutical Operations, in support of late stage development and launch of new drug products as well as in-line product investigations. This position will provide opportunity to work and collaborate with engineers, scientists and other customers/partners in cross-functional and/or multi-site teams.


The position is based in Merck, Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. Relocation assistance will be considered (US and/or Puerto Rico).








  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry or related area.
  • Five (5) years or more of experience for Ph.D., eight (8) years or more of experience for M.S., in analytical or product development.
  • Two (2) years or more years of experience in analytical method development, mainly chromatography.
  • Experience in analytical development in a pharmaceutical development setting is desirable.
  • Experience with physical characterization methods is a plus.
  • Years of academic setting may be considered.

Other requirements include:


  • In depth scientific understanding of analytical methodology.
  • Hands on experience with analytical instrumentation and troubleshooting.
  • Working knowledge of drug substance and/or drug product testing and/or method development.
  • Working knowledge of GLPs, GMPs and/or ICH or other quality guidelines, preferred.
  • Experience in analytical automation is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of statistics.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish, oral and written).
  • Other Skills: communication, collaboration and project management, and demonstrated problem solving.
  • Computer literate (MS Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, etc.) 


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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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.  For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:  EEOC Poster EEOC GINA Supplement

Job: Chemistry
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
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Company Trade Name: Merck

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