Principal Scientist, Process Chemistry

Rahway, NJ, US
May 16 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005958

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. 

Merck is currently seeking an exceptional chemist for a group leader position within the Process Chemistry Department located at our Rahway, NJ site.  A successful candidate will be joining a group of innovative laboratory scientists with broad deliverables ranging from the design of manufacturing routes for drug candidates to executing and coordinating deliveries of active pharmaceutical ingredient to support the Merck pipeline and products. We are looking for a team player with strong leadership skills and ability and passion for mentoring and working along others in a laboratory setting.  The candidate will work closely within multidisciplinary teams comprised of synthetic organic chemists, engineers, and external research partners (both academic and industrial). A Ph.D. in chemistry or related discipline with a demonstrated ability for taking initiative and innovative problem solving is critical. A successful candidate is expected to apply of cutting edge methodologies into synthetic routes to accelerate deliveries of active pharmaceutical ingredient to support pre-clinical and clinical studies. An established excellent reputation for scientific excellence supported by publications and external presentations is expected.  Candidates must possess strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to drive results as a team leader.


Education Minimum Requirement:    

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry or related discipline

Required Experience and Skills:  

-Minimum 5 years of experience with a proven track record of successful research in process chemistry

-Demonstrated ability to develop talent through good mentoring skills 

-Expertise in organic synthesis, particularly pharmaceutical process chemistry

-Demonstrated ability for taking initiative, creativity and innovation in problem solving

-Productivity and efficiency working in the laboratory

-Strong written and oral communication skills

-Excellent collaboration skills

-Established scientific reputation supported by publications and 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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Employee Status: Regular
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Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: Merck

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