Senior Scientist, Engineering, Process Development

Elkton, VA, US
April 13 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: PRO016401

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 Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 

The position will be a part of the Process Development group within the Technical Operations Department and will be a part of a team that supports various bioprocesses across the plant site including biologics and vaccine manufacturing.  The candidate should have knowledge of microbial fermentation, standard biochemical purification techniques and an ability to quickly adapt and respond to customer needs and challenges. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop and optimize biologics and/or vaccine processes for in-line and network products
  • Support laboratory scale process characterization studies for future products
  • Employ strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Write and review technical documents, including regulatory filings
  • Work both independently and within multidisciplinary teams including scientists, engineers and site leaders. 
  • Produce high quality work against firm deadlines
  • Maintain excellence of compliance with safety and environmental regulations



  • Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a minimum of six (6) years of laboratory and/or industry experience
  • Master of Science degree in a relevant scientific discipline and a minimum of four (4) years of laboratory and/or industry experience 
  • PhD in a relevant scientific discipline (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering)  and laboratory and/or industry experience


  • Experience working with laboratory and/or pilot scale downstream process unit opertions including chromatography (AKTA/Unicorn), filtration, enzymatic digestion and protein crystallization
  • Experience leading technical investigations in manufacturing and/or laboratory settings
  • Experience in the development and scale up of Biologics manufacturing processes
  • Experience authoring and/or reviewing regulatory filings for Biologics and supporting regulatory inspections


  • Experience with process validation (biologics and/or vaccines) and cleaning validation
  • Experience working with Empower, DeltaV, and PI ProcessBook
  • Experience conducting laboratory scale process characterization studies leveraging Design of Experiments (DoE) design
  • Experience trouble shooting technical issues
  • Experience with change control

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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