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Senior Scientist, Vaccine Analytical Development


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Job Title: Senior Scientist, Vaccine Analytical Development  - BIO004915


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. 

This person 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. Individual will either perform this work directly or will develop and supervise a group of 0-5 associate level scientists.

This employee will perform the following activities:

  • Execute GMP and non-GMP testing for a variety of analytical assay formats using existing analytical procedures (eg cell-based assays, immunoassays, automated assays)
  • Develop and/or optimize analytical assays and procedures with assistance commensurate with demonstrated proficiency level
  • Ensure the high quality of analytical results generated.
  • Ensure all work is documented in a clear, concise and timely manner. Documentation may include notebooks, technical reports, SOPs and Assay Procedures, and Development Memos as needed.
  • Execute qualification and validation experiments as needed. 
  • Work in a team atmosphere in close collaboration with the analytical, formulation, process development, clinical manufacturing, operations groups, and compliance.
  • Communicate test results in a timely manner.
  • Communicate atypical and out of specification test results according to the appropriate departmental procedures.
  • Provide area support to ensure a cGMP testing environment when applicable.
  • Meet frequently with analytical leads and management to ensure program needs are met.
  • Provide area support to ensure a safe working environment is maintained.


  • PhD in Virology or related discipline is required.  Postdoctoral training is preferred. 

  • Extensive experience in cell based virological assay development and qualification.
  • Demonstrated experience in instrument automation and new technologies, especially in imaging analysis area.
  • Good organizational and planning skills. 
  • Effective communication skills
  • GMP training 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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Job Biologics, Vaccines, Analytical Formulat

Primary Location NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 2

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