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Merck Associate Principal Scientist, Vaccine Process Development and Commercialization (Downstream) in West Point, Pennsylvania

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Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

This role is for a Downstream/ Purification team within the Vaccine Process Development and Commercialization (V-PDC) group which is in our Company's Manufacturing Division. V-PDC focuses on late stage process development, technology transfer, and in-line support of vaccine products. We seek an people-oriented leaders with strong scientific, and technical skills to lead development, and commercialization activities supporting multiple vaccine programs. In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading process development activities to execute large molecule downstream processing, including lab-scale process development, in-process assay support, and process scale-up/scale-down.

  • Leading a matrix team focused on downstream unit operations.

  • Execution of lab scale experiments and authoring associated technical reports and documents.

  • Collaborating with commercial manufacturing teams to support facility start-up activities and provide on-the-floor support for drug substance manufacturing, both within our Company network and at contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs).

  • Leading assignment execution against accelerated, critical-path timelines in a right-first-time manner.

  • Authoring and/or reviewing technical documents to support Process Performance Qualification (PPQ) and licensure.

  • Provide mentorship and technical direction to other members of the team which may include dotted-line reporting relationships.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology

  • Preferred: Master's degree or Ph.D in applicable sciences.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • B.S. with minimum 10 years of experience; M.S. with minimum 8 Years of experience or Ph.D. with 4 years.

  • Large molecule process development or relevant experience, including scaling (up and down), and tech transfer of large molecule drug substance processes.

  • Advanced proficiency with downstream unit operations.

  • Deep understanding and proven execution of chromatography.

  • Hands-on expertise in execution of process development with multiple programs and unit operations across downstream unit operations.

  • Expertise in lab-scale experimental execution, and experience with Design of Experiments (DOE), statistical data analysis, and presentation of results/conclusions.

  • Demonstrated skills as a matrix leader with outstanding communication and people skills.

  • Experience authoring technical documentation to support regulatory submissions.

  • Ability to foster a collaborative work environment focused on mentorship, coaching, and Subject Matter Expert development.

  • Experience with project strategic planning.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong cross-functional background, enabling teams to reach peak performance.

  • Ability to provide scientific mentorship and guidance to technical coworkers and colleagues within and outside our Company

  • Project management experience with the ability to lead teams and drive towards established milestones.

  • Experience with downstream unit operation mathematical modeling, theoretical scaling calculations, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling.

  • Experience with large molecule assay development and/or execution (HPLC, UPLC, MS, SEC).

  • Experience with Quality by Design (QbD), Lean Six Sigma principles, and our Company Production Systems (MPS).

  • Experience supporting/writing regulatory filings (IND, MAA, BLA) and inspections with multiple agencies (FDA, EMA, JNDA, TGA) .

  • Experience with on-the-floor GMP manufacturing support including providing immediate responses on the shop floor to deviations and potential deviations.

  • cGMP experience.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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Requisition ID: R22122