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Associate Scientist Vaccine Analytical Development

Requisition ID: BIO005281

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

This person is responsible for the execution of analytical methods and procedures to support process and formulation development, and/or release, stability and characterization of vaccine products.   Individual may perform method development/optimization experiments under the supervision of a Technical Lead or Technical Supervisor.  Individual may also be responsible for providing internal IT support.

This employee will perform the following activities:

  • Execute GMP and non-GMP testing for a variety of analytical assay formats using existing analytical procedures (eg biochemical assays, cell-based assays, immunoassays,  automated assays, separations-based assays, and NMR, MS, sized-based and biophysical characterization assays)
  • Develop and/or optimize analytical assays and procedures with assistance commensurate with demonstrated proficiency level
  • Ensure the high quality of analytical results generated.
  • Ensure all work is documented in a clear, concise and timely manner.  Documentation may include notebooks, technical reports, SOPs and Assay Procedures, and Development Memos as needed.
  • Execute qualification and validation experiments as needed. 
  • Work in a team atmosphere in close collaboration with the analytical, formulation, process development, clinical manufacturing, operations groups, and compliance.
  • Communicate test results in a timely manner.
  • Communicate atypical and out of specification test results according to the appropriate departmental procedures.
  • Provide area support to ensure a cGMP testing environment when applicable.
  • Provide area support to ensure a safe working environment is maintained.
  • Maintain web based tools
  • Facilitate analysis of large experimental data sets
  • Assisting with the programming and optimization of liquid handlers
  • Manage the implementation of new IT tools such as bar code labeling and electronic inventories.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • BA/ BS in Engineering or Science with 0-3 years experience.

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Experience executing immunoassays
  • Computer programming experience
  • Experience working with one or more statistical, data processing or data visualization package such as Sportfire, R, Jump or equivalent.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Previous experience working in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical industry
  • Experience working in a GMP or GLP laboratory

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Job: Biologics, Vaccines, Analytical Formulat
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: BSL2 materials
Company Trade Name: Merck
Full time
West Point, PA 19486, US