Scientist; Biologics and Vaccines Analytics

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: January 19, 2017
  • Reference ID: BIO004766
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.

Global Vaccines and Biologics Commercialization (GVBC) in Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD) manages commercialization of vaccines and biologics throughout launch to supply. Biologics and Vaccines Analytics (GVBC-BVA) provides analytical development, optimization, and support through a vaccine or biologic product's life cycle.

Activities within this dynamic environment include interfacing with a global network of product manufacturing and testing, collaborating with product development groups within MMD and Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), continuous improvement of analytical methodology, assay validation, analytical technical transfer, Biologics License Application preparation, and post-licensure support.

In this role, opportunities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based analytical testing for new and in-line vaccine programs in support of Value Chain Management Team objectives encompassing Cost of Goods (COGS) reduction, cold chain footprint reduction, and tactical process manufacturing and analytical capacity increases.
  • Stakeholder collaboration including study design and project timeline development.
  • Analytical testing support, troubleshooting, and optimization of analytical methods for in-line products.
  • System administration and metrics for control of laboratory testing.
  • Collaboration with contract staffing on initiation, execution, and delivery of testing.
  • Developing and delivering solutions for challenges in ambiguous situations.
  • Analytical compliance and Quality support for investigations, corrective actions, and risk assessments.
  • Participation in or leadership of the following team or departmental continuous improvement activities:
    • Laboratory standardization, lean laboratory, and six sigma methodology.
    • Strategic initiatives within department and team functions.

The candidate will be responsible and accountable for activities within the opportunities above, escalate issues/challenges/needs that may impact deliverables, and collaborate with peers where necessary.

  • Required: BA, BS or MS with laboratory experience in appropriate scientific areas relevant to this position, such as Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or Virology.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a laboratory environment with exposure to GMPs for candidates with a Bachelor's degree; OR candidates with a Master's degree.
  • Ability to work independently with a sufficient level of coaching and collaborate as part of a team.
  • Effective technical, communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
  • Reliable with capability to manage individual components of a project with adherence to timelines.
  • Self-motivated with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to learn new techniques, and multitask effectively.
  • Experience within Microsoft Office 2010.

  • Knowledge of or experience in quantitative PCR (qPCR) or cell-based methodologies.
  • Assay development and validation experience.
  • Experience within Microsoft Office (Excel Macros or Visual Basic for Applications) and familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project.
  • Experience or active participation in project teams.
  • Experience with continuous improvement or lean six sigma methodology.

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