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Associate Principal Scientist, Upstream Process Development Job - United States  

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Posted on : 27 April 2017

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Associate Principal Scientist, Upstream Process Development-BIO004818


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Applications are sought for a leadership opportunity in MRL Vaccine Bioprocess Research and Development. Individual will support Merck’s discovery & development efforts for Vaccine programs at West Point, PA. The incumbent possesses expert knowledge in cell culture/fermentation and broad knowledge of upstream process development. A key element of this assignment is to coordinate multiple program activities with Bioprocess R&D functions, Vaccine Basic Research and various functional groups within Merck.

The successful candidate will have a strong command of fermentation and/or animal cell culture with practical hands-on process development experience. Individual will have excellent scientific understanding of cell biology for vaccine production including cell metabolism, molecular biology and process scale-up.

The successful candidate will also provide technical and scientific leadership and subject matter expertise to all Merck vaccines programs, both in research and development, as well as in manufacturing and life cycle management. Individual is expected to provide technical leadership to various functional and strategic teams engaged in development of the vaccine candidate. The successful candidate will guide and mentor the upstream scientists and engineers, typically focusing on 1-2 programs at a time, while coordinating the overall program activities across much larger multi-functional and cross-divisional teams. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude. Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies. Proven ability to work in hands-on laboratory setting. Excellent organization, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.



- A Master's Degree in Engineering or Biological Sciences with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, OR a Ph.D. in Engineering or Biological Sciences with a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience.


- At least four (4) years of experience in biotechnology-related position (vaccines and/or therapeutic proteins) after graduation.

- Must have strong scientific understanding of fermentation and/or cell culture and experience with aseptic production vaccines or therapeutic proteins.


- Experience in processing of live virus, vaccines, biologics, and cell culture, fermentation equipment.

- Strong understanding of upstream process characterization or expression system development for vaccines and/or biologics.

- Experience working with viral systems within a BSL-2 environment.

- Strong understanding and experience in cGMP manufacturing.

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Job: Bio Process-Ferment/Cell Cultr

Job Title:Assoc Prin. Scientist, Bio Process

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Hazardous Materials: Live Virus

Company Trade Name:Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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