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Scientist, Engineering

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. 

We seek people-oriented leaders with strong scientific and technical skills to lead and influence the development and commercialization activities for Sterile Products, making possible manufacturing and supply of the next generation injectable therapies. The Sterile Liquids Commercialization group within our Company's Manufacturing Division is based out of West Point PA. It is the division’s leader in Sterile Product and Process Development, process scale up, technology transfer.  The department is a key enabler of new market authorizations and product launches, while providing technical support and product life cycle management for all injectables in our Company’s sterile drug products portfolio. The group is responsible for establishing the science, engineering and knowledge required for today’s innovative and accelerated commercialization of novel Vaccines, Biologics, and Pharmaceutical products and combination products.

The Scientist in Sterile Liquid Commercialization is a drug product scientist responsible to design and execute commercial product and process development studies for targeted pipeline and commercial programs. Develops robust and scalable manufacturing processes while minimizing time to launch. Implements process improvements to reduce cost structure and enhance robustness process.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Executes drug product (DP) development and commercialization studies, new process introduction and validation at commercial sites

  • Attends drug product working groups

  • Designs and executes process characterization activities. Ensures appropriate design principles including DOE are used where applicable. Ensures fit-for-purpose scale-down models are developed and employed.

  • Authors technical protocols for studies, ensures appropriate design of experiments and sample size selection. Ensures acceptance criteria for study outcomes are pre-defined (e.g. performance parameter range, analytical result range etc.)

  • Responsible for sample submission and tracking. Employs statistical tools and methods to analyze results

  • Authors technical reports that can be used as source documentation for regulatory filing

  • Ensures technical information is clearly understood and integrated into decision making

  • Authors or performs second-person review (SPR) for high-quality CMC sections for regulatory submissions

  • Ensures safety and documentation compliance with performing experiments in the lab and technical writing, including close-out of electronic lab notebook experiments

  • Contributes to a culture of high performance, out of the box thinking, innovation and learning, empowerment, diversity and inclusion

  • Provides on-site support during manufacturing activities (purposeful presence)

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with 2 years of relevant experience; or

  • Master's degree (non-thesis) in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with 1 year of relevant experience; or

  • Master’s degree (thesis) in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Bio-engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with relevant academic experience.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge in Good Documentation Practices

  • Working knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices for manufacturing of sterile dosage forms and current ICH Quality norms, as applied in Manufacturing Science and Technology or Technical Operations

  • Experience with utilization of QbD principles to process development and life cycle management

  • Experience in Design of Experiment and statistical data analysis.

  • Experience in authoring and reviewing CMC regulatory documentation.

  • Analytical problem-solving skills

  • Project management and activities management skills (dashboards, activity trackers)

  • Operations experience in the manufacturing of sterile drug products, at pilot and/or commercial scale

  • Experience in process optimization, scale-up and technology transfer of sterile products to pilot/commercial.

  • Experience in Design of Experiment and statistical data analysis.

  • Competency in technical writing.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that enable effective management and resolution of complex, project-related issues involving collaborations with multiple functional areas.

  • Experience in Data Analytics, Computer Modeling, and Digital Applications (e.g. 3-D printing)

This position may require travel up to 10%; Must be able to travel for this position.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R63469

Scientist, Engineering

West Point, PA
Full Time

Published on 08/01/2020