Principal Scientist, Process Research & Development

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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual 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 and expanding your career.

Merck is currently seeking qualified synthetic organic chemists to join the Discovery Process Chemistry (DPC) group at our Rahway, NJ site.

The core responsibility of the successful candidate will be to lead a team of scientists in the development of innovative solutions to complex chemistry problems across a diverse portfolio of projects in the discovery phase, from lead identification through candidate selection, with the goal to apply these solutions to facilitate medicinal chemistry research by overcoming synthetic bottlenecks, streamlining SAR analogue synthesis, and providing access to novel chemical space. The position is also responsible for defining scalable synthetic routes and successfully transitioning candidate compounds from discovery into early development, as well as managing supply of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) at varying scales during this period. Close collaboration with chemistry colleagues in Medicinal Chemistry and Process Chemistry, as well as a broad array of other discovery and preclinical research groups, will be expected. As such, subject matter expertise in Medicinal or Process Chemistry is critical.

The candidate must be highly self-motivated, demonstrate strong leadership, possess strong experimental skills, have excellent written and oral communication abilities, collaborate effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and be able to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to change in a fast-paced, dynamic research environment. In addition to supervising direct scientific reports, the candidate is also expected to provide broader mentorship and expertise across the DPC group. The candidate will be expected to remain current with the latest synthetic methodologies, drive innovation, actively apply new concepts to continuously improve PR&D capabilities and expertise, and be active in the external scientific community via publications and external presentations.

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry

  • A minimum of 5 years' industry experience with a proven track record of scientific excellence and successful research
  • Knowledge and experience in organic synthesis
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Productivity and efficiency working in the lab
  • Proven track record of successful research in medicinal and/or process chemistry
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Ability to contribute to and lead cross-functional teams and influence team strategy and decision-making
  • Established scientific reputation supported by publications and external presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop talent through good mentoring skills

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