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Principal Scientist, Biology-Discovery-Ruminants


DeSoto, KS
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Job Title: Principal Scientist, Biology-Discovery-Ruminants  - BIO004837

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 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.
Merck’s Animal Health (MAH) division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.
The position is responsible for: 
  • Group leader for research and development of ruminant vaccine projects for registration with regional and global authorities. 
  • Establishing a proficient communication and efficient collaboration with internal customers in other Departments (Regulatory, Marketing, Technical Services, Quality Control and Assurance, Manufacturing) with the goal of developing ruminant vaccines in the shortest possible time with the best possible label claims in the industry 
  • Establishing relationships with external collaborators like Contract Research Organizations and University and Institute Scientists to support Project Development and enhance the Ruminants R&D Projects portfolio 
  • Supervising Scientists and Associates in all Project related activities and to manage professional development of all personnel reporting into this position 
  • Creating study designs for vaccine development that generate the appropriate information required for Product registration with USDA and to properly collect, evaluate/analyze and report the studies data. 
  • Preparing, reviewing and auditing all Project related reports and data needed to secure new product registrations with USDA and other Regulatory Agencies. 
  • Providing site/organization with a high level of knowledge on the scientific information related to Animal Diseases Evolution or Emergence and Appropriate Technologies. 
  • Bringing to the department technical knowledge by reviewing appropriate technical literature and/or attending relevant Ruminant or Scientific Meetings 
  • Starting/maintaining Project Management tools and providing project reports/updates as required. 
  • Planning and tracking project budget and resources requirement. 
  • Supporting other Departments when technical issues arise in the areas of vaccine manufacturing, testing or performance in the field.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • DVM or Ph.D. in Microbiology/Virology or related field with at least 3 years of relevant experience, or MS in Microbiology/Virology or related field and at least 10 years of relevant experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent skills in a variety of microbiological techniques
  • Able to demonstrate strong assay development skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Very good organizational and analytical skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Experience in study design and implementation
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze summarize and report data.
  • Experience in animal research

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Moderate statistical analysis skills
  • Experience with supervision and/or mentoring
  • Experience leading research/development of vaccines for USDA and/or global registration
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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Job Biology-Discovery

Primary Location NA-US-KS-DeSoto

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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