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Merck Associate Principal Scientist, Biologics Process Development & Commercialization Downstream in West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

As part of Our Company’s Manufacturing Division, within the Manufacturing System Design & Commercialization, the Biologics Process Development & Commercialization department provides the technical process influence and laboratory capabilities in sponsorship of late stage pipeline and commercial manufacturing processes for biologics (therapeutic proteins). For pipeline programs, the team sponsors various commercialization activities, including technology transfer to internal and external manufacturing sites, process validation, and authoring of regulatory submissions. For commercial programs the scope includes site-to-site process transfers, manufacturing investigations and trend evaluations, process enhancements, next generation process (i.e., post approval) development and process characterization, process validation, and regulatory submission authoring.

Position Description:

Under the general scientific and administrative direction of Director in Downstream and working in conjunction with internal and external partners, this person will sponsor these late stage and commercial biologic program activities within the department. The colleague will demonstrate scientific, experimental and tech transfer skills focusing on downstream processing.

Scope includes:

  • Participates in and/or directs cross-divisional technical teams focusing on late stage clinical process development, characterization, and technology transfer and validation with line-of-sight for licensure and commercialization.

  • Accountable for laboratory-scale and manufacturing scale studies to promote commercial process validation, characterization, and investigation evaluations, including studies performed either in-house or externally. Provides technical direction for the design of experiments, data analysis and interpretation, as well as mentoring of junior staff in the execution of internal or management of external laboratory activities.

  • Provides technical direction in the interpretations of trends observed in commercial process monitoring (e.g., statistical process control and/or multivariate analyses), and for further technical investigations and process improvement changes

  • Primary focus will be on downstream processing, but with a working knowledge of the various aspects of product manufacture and functional area interdependencies, including cell culture, analytical, and GMP site readiness.

  • Actively interacts with internal and external counterparts. Represent functional area on cross-functional and cross-divisional teams.

  • Authors regulatory and technical documentation.

  • Ensures that process/product are developed and documented according to standard company practices.

Position Qualifications:

Education: BS, MS, or PhD in Biological Sciences/Chemical Engineering/Biological Engineering/Chemistry with 10 years (for BS), 8 years (for MS), or 4 years (PhD) relevant industry knowledge.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Technical expertise in purification of biological molecules, including laboratory models for chromatography and filtration systems.

  • Industry knowledge with technology transfer and scale-up of processes to pilot and manufacturing scales for biologics manufacture.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to effectively articulate comprehension of process science, to drive conclusions, impact assessments, design of studies, etc., in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Preferred Industry Knowledge and Skills:

  • Downstream purification of biological molecules, with an in-depth knowledge of preparative chromatography, tangential flow filtration, and virus retaining filtration desired.

  • Demonstrated comprehension of the fundamentals and/or modeling of unit operations is a plus.

  • Technical operations knowledge in the manufacture of biological molecules at the pilot- and/or commercial-scale is a plus.

  • Prior industry knowledge in late stage process development, process characterization including viral clearance studies, process performance qualification and validation, site readiness, batch record reviews, authoring regulatory BLA sections and/or working with external contract organization for development and or manufacturing.

  • Working knowledge of statistical methods for DOE design and data analysis (e.g., JMP or Design Expert software)

  • Working knowledge of statistical process control (SPC), multivariate analysis (MVA), and/or process analytical technologies (PAT) techniques for biologics processes.

  • Working comprehension of analytical methods to characterize biologics and /or US/EU regulatory requirements and / or working knowledge of cGMPs is a plus

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

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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.

NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS

In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

Domestic

VISA Sponsorship:

Yes

Travel Requirements:

10%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified

Shift:

Not Indicated

Valid Driving License:

No

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

1

Requisition ID: R138666

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