Principal Scientist, Vaccine Analytical Development

8 - 10 years experience  •  Biotech/Pharma

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/08/17
West Point, PA
8 - 10 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/08/17


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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Bioprocess Research & Development team located at our West Point, PA site.

This position supports Merck's discovery & development efforts for programs in the Department of Vaccine Analytical Development at West Point, PA. The incumbent is responsible for development and execution of analytical methods and procedures to support process and formulation development, and/or release, stability and characterization of vaccine products. The incumbent will either perform this work directly or will develop and supervise a group of 0-5 associate level scientists.

Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

- Development, optimization, validation & implementation of cell based assays (bioassays) for recombinant, conjugate & live-virus-based vaccines

The design & implementation of rugged analytical cell based assays, meeting aggressive project timelines

- Active participation in cross-functional teams

- Preparation of documentation for regulatory submissions

Project leadership



- Ph.D. degree in virology, biology, immunology or related fields


- In-depth knowledge and understanding of biochemical/biological assays and possess strong scientific & technical leadership skills

Minimum of 8 years of industrial experience in the development and validation of cell-based assays for proteins or vaccines

- Excellent verbal & written communication skills

- Understanding and practical knowledge of GMPs as applied to analytical requirements

- Strong awareness of industry/regulatory trends

- Knowledge of emerging technologies


- Experience of project leadership is desirable

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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