Senior Scientist - Analytical R&D

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Job Title: Senior Scientist - Analytical R&D
Location: Philadelphia, PA, Mid-Atlantic United States,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness

Job Description: Job Description

The Molecular & Viral Safety group within Cell Based Sciences (Analytical R&D) is seeking applicants for a Senior Scientist position located at our West Point, PA research facility. The successful candidate will contribute to delivering analytical solutions that enable and accelerate process and product development to ensure safety and quality of our products. Key deliverables will include method development, implementation, and scientific oversight of viral and biosafety testing for cell substrates and virus stocks used for GMP manufacturing .

The successful candidate will be able to collaborate in a dynamic, integrated, and multidisciplinary team environment. An expansive range of analytical tools (e.g. microbiology, molecular biology, Sanger and next generation sequencing, etc.) are leveraged and new technologies are developed to ensure that our vaccine and biologic products are free of adventitious agents.

Responsibilities include:
  • Design adventitious agent detection analytical control strategies and develop custom analytical methods used for release and characterization of cell substrates and virus stocks for GMP manufacture of vaccines and other biological products.
  • Provide technical review and/or approval of biosafety related methods, reports, and data in alignment with current regulatory requirements.
  • Author technical reports and sections of regulatory filing documents.
  • Build and maintain deep technical expertise in area of biosafety and adventitious virus testing.
  • Contribute to solving complex problems and technical advances in the field.
  • Represent the molecular & viral safety group on cross-functional project teams.
  • Demonstrate effective multitasking, prioritization and problem-solving skills in the planning and execution of experiments
  • Effectively collaborate in a fast-paced, integrated, multidisciplinary team environment

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • A Ph.D.; or a master's degree with a minimum of 5 years' experience; or bachelor's degree with a minimum of 8 years' experience in virology, microbiology, microbiology, molecular biology, biological sciences, or related discipline in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Strong background and direct experience in applying a variety of virology, molecular biology, and microbiology techniques to understand and solve diverse scientific questions.
  • Familiar with Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, and modern PCR methods.
  • Strong skills in data and sequence analysis.
  • Demonstrated scientific ability through publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations in scientific conferences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deliver complex objectives under strict timelines in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to work in a diverse, cross-functional team environment.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Working knowledge of regulatory and industry guidelines in the area of biosafety testing, including compendial requirements, CFR and ICH requirements, and WHO/EMA/FDA regulations.
  • Familiarity with electronic laboratory notebook applications and good documentation practices
  • Prior work in a biopharmaceutical industry and knowledge of cGMP practices

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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Job Post Date: 01/22/23
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