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Vivarium Husbandry - Coordinator Clinical Services Scientist

Job Description

Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Vivarium Husbandry Clinical Services Scientist that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Strategic Summary

Our Company's Research Laboratories is focused on driving discovery research.  Our multi-disciplinary discovery research site offers state-of- the-art resources to explore the most promising science combined with our world-class R&D expertise in small molecules and biologics. 

We are inspired by the belief that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to scientific excellence can create medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives. Every employee is building on our proud legacy of scientific breakthrough. Our ability to impact the lives of patients worldwide depends on the integrity, creativity, humility and scientific acumen of our team. We are creating a diverse organization that is inspired by invention and founded on a culture of respect and collaboration. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills through collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues while advancing your career.

The Clinical Services Scientist position under the guidance of a West Point LAR Husbandry operations, works to provide world class animal care to impact drug development and discovery and improve human health.

Key Responsibilities

With minimal direction and in compliance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures, Research & Development Division (RD&D) study requirements, as well as applicable regulations and guidelines to include USDA regs, NIH Guide and, Good Laboratory Practices, this position oversees the details of animal care and related activities of Laboratory Animal Resources, to include indirect supervision of animal care workers. Has responsibility to assist with the training, development, assignment coordination and safety of hourly personnel. Contributes to making work assignments, ensuring completion and quality, and administers personnel policies. Ensures that quality support of research laboratory animal programs is a team effort between LAR, research staff and other support organizations.  Collaborates across projects; communicates work related information to project teams: some contacts outside the department / Company; may represent functional group on department teams or committees. Independently carries out minor technical duties related to laboratory practices, supplies organization, and laboratory records management.

Contributes to interdepartmental collaborations with other members of the RD&D community. Assists with managerial reports as required (census, facility records) Communicates effectively, both verbal and written, with departmental and research staff. Assumes an assistant role in training of departmental staff in specific activities. Provides guidance to husbandry staff in conjunction with line management. Assists with the processing of orders of animals to meet research needs. In collaboration with other LAR personnel assists with the development and implementation of equipment and process validation programs. This includes but is not limited to, the validation of sanitation procedures, water testing, airborne particulate analysis, and temperature and light level testing and validation.   Maintains animal source and transaction records in compliance with company, state and federal requirements. Assists with development, implementation, and monitoring of SOPs for daily activities. Manages husbandry equipment including rack washers, bottle washers, Tunnels washers, automated bedding systems and bulk sterilizers, and trains employees in their operation. Is included in rotational weekend and holiday duty.


  • BS in Biology or related with Two years experience in a Research or in vivo field

  • Preferred: MS in Biology or related in vivo field


  • Five years experience in a Research Laboratory in vivo management

  • ALAT, AAALAS certification


We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …  

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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 …  

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today. 


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. 

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

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No relocation

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No Travel Required

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Requisition ID:R185046

Vivarium Husbandry - Coordinator Clinical Services Scientist

West Point, PA
Full Time

Published on 06/23/2022

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