Associate Scientist - Vaccines

West Point, PA, US
May 10 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: BIO005140

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. 


Position Description:


The Department of Vaccine Drug Product Development in Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, PA is seeking a scientist or engineer to join our group.  The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of a team that is focused on the development of vaccine drug products.  The main responsibilities include the design and execution of experiments to evaluate the impact of formulation composition and the manufacturing process on yield and stability of liquid and lyophilized vaccine drug products.


The successful candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced team environment and learn new skills quickly.  The candidate should possess scientific knowledge and/or experience related to parenteral formulation development, biophysical characterization, lyophilization or other drying technologies, and immunology.   Effective communication skills and good documentation practices are essential.  



Position Qualifications:


Education Minimum Requirement:    

  • Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Virology, or related discipline.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience designing, executing, and critically interpreting results from experiments
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Formulation development experience with large molecules for parenteral administration
  • Demonstrated proficiency in aseptic technique
  • General knowledge and/or experience with lyophilization
  • Experience with biophysical characterization
  • Understanding of the drug product manufacturing process
  • Demonstrated technical problem solving abilities

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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Job: Biologics, Vaccines, Analytical Formulat
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Yes
Company Trade Name: Merck

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