Senior Chemist

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: Danville, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: December 13, 2016
  • Reference ID: CHE005108
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.

The basic function of this position is to, independently or as part of a project team, plan, design, and implement varied technical projects and laboratory studies requiring knowledge of engineering and/or the physical sciences. Work requires expertise and full application of sound scientific principles, theories, concepts, techniques, and project management skills, as well as a working knowledge of Merck methods, standards, procedures, and practices. The incumbent is expected to collect and interpret information and develop solutions to projects of various scopes. Minimal supervision, guidance, and direction is employed by the supervisor, however, periodic checks and reports are required to review soundness of technical judgment and the status/schedule of the effort.

The incumbent will report to the Technical Operations Director or to a P4 Chemist. Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Development, design, construction, validation, or initial operation of chemical, pharmaceutical, safety/environmental processes and facilities using new or existing technologies for new and in-line human products.

Analysis of complex processing problems through critical analytical thinking and the design/execution of laboratory/pilot scale experiments.

Development of sound scientific justification for planned material and process and equipment changes. Technology transfer of products and processes to Merck manufacturing plants and licensees worldwide.

Analysis of current and proposed environmental and drug and/or biological product regulatory requirements and determination of the applicability and impact on Merck operations.

Development of corporate engineering, quality, and/or environmental policies and standards and in the assessment of compliance status for both Merck and non-Merck facilities.

Supports the site strategy by implementing project plans to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Responsible for documentation preparation, maintenance, and review including SOP's, process descriptions, atypical process reports, and change requests.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • B.S./M.S./Ph.D. degree in appropriate engineering/scientific field.
  • Entry level position for M.S. candidate. Minimum 1 year post-bachelors degree experience in Production, Development or acceptable related field for B.S. candidate.
Required Experience and Skills:
  • At least two years of manufacturing or technical support experience in a pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing environment.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Good interpersonal skills including flexibility and ability to work in a team environment. Demonstrated analytical abilities.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable working in a laboratory setting.

Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at
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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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