Principal Scientist, Discovery and Translational Bioanalytics

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Job Title: Principal Scientist, Discovery and Translational Bioanalytics
Location: Philadelphia, PA,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Salary: Competetive
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Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team push the boundaries of global healthcare through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine.

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Principal Scientist, a director level position, to join the Discovery and Translational team within the department of Preclinical Development-Bioanalytical (PCD-BA) to support vaccine immunogenicity bioanalytical strategy, assay development, and preclinical and clinical studies. Successful candidates should have extensive experience in the development, optimization, and implementation of vaccine immunogenicity assays capable of meeting clinical exploratory assay requirements. The candidate should be current on state-of-the art bioanalytical assay technologies and champion the evaluation of new equipment, technologies and optimization of assay and data processes. Providing leadership and mentorship to junior staff, building relationships with stakeholders, and providing expert technical representation on multidisciplinary teams will be expected. Candidates without all qualifications will be reviewed and could be successful based on past achievements and a desire for continued learning.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide scientific input to the design and development of immunoassays such as LBA, ELISpot, cell-based and/or molecular assays supporting vaccine discovery and early development programs.
  • Represent PCD BA in vaccine discovery and/or early development teams and influence bioanalytical strategies together with stakeholders. Communicate results effectively to project teams and upper management.
  • Lead and mentor scientists up to Ph.D. level by providing direction, scientific feedback, and by encouraging ideas and experimentation.
  • Design, pressure-test, and implement novel approaches, such as new technology, automation, and workflows hands-on.
  • The candidate is expected to remain current in the field and maintain an external presence in the field of vaccine immunogenicity.

  • PhD in Biological Sciences such as Immunology, Virology, and Biochemistry, or related area with 8+ years, a MS degree with 10+ years, or BS degree with 14+ years of relevant experience.
  • Has in-depth understanding of the vaccine discovery and/or development process and comprehensive knowledge of the principles and concepts of bioanalytical and/or vaccine clinical testing.
  • Experience in bioanalytical immunogenicity assays across multiple platforms. Deep knowledge and expertise in development, validation, and troubleshooting of ligand binding assays (LBA). Experience with multiple assay platforms such as electrochemiluminescence, Luminex, AlphaLISA or similar is preferred.
  • Experience with cell-based assays in the context of immune response characterization such as virus neutralization, ELISpot, or multi-color flow cytometry is highly preferred. Additional experience with molecular assays (qPCR, digital PCR, RNAseq, NGS) is preferred.
  • Track record of innovation. Experience implementing new technology or automation platforms.
  • Proficiency utilizing statistical software for design of experiments.
  • Demonstrated supervision and mentorship of small teams.
  • A team player with excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently and as a scientific mentor for development and validation of assays.
  • Strong ability to deliver complex objectives under aggressive timelines in a rapidly changing environment. Excels at working cross-functionally and gaining alignment of new ideas or strategies.
  • Record of peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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.


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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.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico - Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) ("Customer-Facing Role") who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Job Post Date: 11/03/22
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