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Job Title: Scientist, Vaccine Drug Product Development  - BIO004913


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. 

The Department of Vaccine Drug Product Development in Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, PA is seeking a scientist or engineer to join our group.  The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of a team that is focused on the development of vaccine drug products. The main responsibilities include the design and execution of experiments to evaluate the impact of formulation composition and the manufacturing process on yield and stability of liquid and lyophilized bio-therapeutic drug products.  

The successful candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced team environment and be able to learn new skills quickly.  The candidate should possess scientific knowledge and / or experience related to biochemical and biophysical characterization, bio-therapeutic stabilization (biological/protein), lyophilization or other drying technologies and bacterial or viral immunology. Good documentation practices, strong communication abilities and collaboration skills are essential.



  • Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Virology, or related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience,  OR or a M.S. in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Virology, or related discipline.


  • Experience designing, executing, and critically interpreting results from experiments.
  • Experience with analytical characterization and/or formulation development for bio-therapeutics.
  • Excellent communication, writing and collaboration skills.
  • Strong organizational and technical problem solving abilities.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.


  • Experience with analytical characterization of bio therapeutics including biochemistry, particle size analysis and other biophysical methodologies
  • Formulation development experience with bio therapeutics including carbohydrate, protein and/or live viral vaccines for parenteral administration 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in aseptic technique
  • Understanding of the drug product manufacturing process and scale-up considerations
  • Experience with preparation and/or manufacturing of safety assessment or clinical supplies
  • General knowledge and/or experience with lyophilization, including techniques to examine residual moisture and the physical properties of lyophilized formulations

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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Job Biologics, Vaccines, Analytical Formulat

Primary Location NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 5

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