Principal Scientist-Biologics Potency, Cell Based Sciences, AR&D

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Job Title: Principal Scientist-Biologics Potency, Cell Based Sciences, AR&D
Location: New York, NY, Mid-Atlantic United States,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness

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Our Development team ensure production can be scaled up whilst remaining stable, effective, deliverable and safe. Following formulation, cutting edge computer modelling techniques are used to simulate outcomes and, if successful, PKPD and toxicity studies bring the science one step closer to giving hope to patients.

Our Scientists are our Inventors. We deliver robust scientific data and interpretation that drives the commercialization of breakthrough therapeutics using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and modern equipment. Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people 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 your career.

The Analytical Research and Development, Cell Based Sciences team in Kenilworth, NJ is seeking a motivated scientist with technical expertise in Biologics Potency assays. More specifically, the ideal candidate will be a recognized expert developing mechanism-of-action reflective potency assays for development of therapeutic proteins, monoclonal antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, and/or new modality-based products.

The successful candidate is expected to provide scientific leadership, expertise, and creativity to solve complex project problems across the large molecule portfolio. They will be accountable to inspire and sponsor scientific evaluation and implementation of innovative and disruptive technologies and approaches. Responsibilities include representing the group on product development teams and defining the potency strategy for a portion of our large molecule portfolio, oversight of method development and testing, and scientific mentoring. The candidate will be expected to effectively communicate with stakeholders in partner organization and to management and governance teams.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or related field with a minimum of 8 years of industry experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry.
  • OR M.S. with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry.
  • OR Bachelors with a minimum of 14 years of experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Expertise in cell biology and immunology, with application to solve complex scientific and operational challenges related to designing and developing GxP potency assays to support a variety of large molecule modalities, preferably with experience in Antibody-Drug Conjugates and/or other new modality-based therapy development.
  • Expertise in a variety of functional potency assay technologies, such as cell line engineering to build reporter gene assays, flow cytometry, natural killer (NK) cell assays for cytotoxicity, and/or effector function assays. Strong understanding of binding assays such as immunoassay and surface plasmon resonance is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge and statistical skills for interpretation of potency data in context of broader process and product development.
  • Deep working knowledge of regulatory guidance and quality standards, with experience authoring and reviewing regulatory submissions and responses (biologics license application submission) and interacting with Health Authorities.
  • External scientific engagement that may include a combination of publications, industry white paper contributions, presentations at scientific meetings, membership on (or leading) cross-company working groups or consortia.
  • Ability to excel in a team-based environment, partnering and influencing in a professional and positive manner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:
$129,800.00 - $220,500.00
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Job Post Date: 01/06/23
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