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Technician - Night Shift

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description:

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.



The Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing is located in Durham, NC. This state-of-the-art facility established in 2004, manufactures our Company lifesaving vaccines in bulk and finished forms.  Due to the importance of this facility in the Vaccine Manufacturing network, the facility has seen rapid growth in production volumes and new employees over the last several years; currently Durham employs 1,000+ people. Our Company has an expansive vaccines portfolio and an exciting pipeline of human health vaccine candidates. This position will be part of a start-up team/facility manufacturing organization that brings these vaccines to people around the world. The Production Technician supports the manufacturing process through hands-on media preparation, cell culture, bioreactor usage and/or purification, product inspection as well as other production-related activities.


This is an excellent entry-level opportunity for recent university graduates or experienced individuals that are interested in working in vaccine production and manufacturing operations.



  • Decisions are guided by policies, procedures and business plan; receives guidance from manager

  • Aseptic practice and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) adherence

  • Works in a team environment to accomplish departmental goals

  • Ability to direct own work through leadership

  • Drives safety procedures



  • This description is not intended to be all-inclusive or a limitation of the duties of the Job.  It is intended to describe the general nature of the job that may include other duties as assumed or assigned.

  • Working in conjunction with all appropriate personnel, performs manual and/or automated operations, general maintenance and support functions necessary for the production of vaccines

  • Serves on safety, quality and other committees, if applicable.

  • Provides all documentation and clerical functions necessary to allow proper accountability and traceability of product

  • Maintains, inventories, and transports all required equipment, materials, supplies and products | Ensures shipment criteria and timely availability and delivery

  • General maintenance and assists or ability in troubleshooting of equipment independently

  • Housekeeping in all work areas | Executes facility decontamination according to approved procedures

  • Sampling/in-process testing supporting the manufacturing and validation process for current process as well as developmental work for new products/processes

  • Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate while notifying appropriate personnel

  • Maintains, cleans and prepares equipment used in vaccine production

  • Schedules and performs environmental monitoring during processing and records results in the computerized database system

  • Provides timely delivery of sample and other materials to appropriate laboratories, coordinating with Quality and Logistics

  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, 5S, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiatives

  • Self-motivated to maintain own training status and ability to train others


Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent


Required Experience and Skills

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Candidates may be required to work in Grade C/D gowning environment to perform job duties.

  • Candidates are willing and able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Computer literacy in MS Office, Word, Outlook, and Excel.


Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Associate or Bachelor degree in a technical field with 2 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and/or within a Grade C/D clean room environment

  • BioWorks Certificate (working in an FDA regulated industry)


Shift and Hours

Night shift 6:00PM - 6:30AM | 2-2-3 rotating schedule including weekends and holidays


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


Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor. TechnicianDurham

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No relocation

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3rd - Night

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Requisition ID:R118854

Technician - Night Shift

Durham, NC
Full Time

Published on 12/01/2021

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