Associate Principal Scientist Job

Associate Principal Scientist-BIO004575


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Associate Principal Scientist

- Lead team of research scientists in performing basic and applied research towards the development of vaccines and therapeutic for the animals.

- Provide in-depth knowledge and advice to research staff and management in areas of scientific research, setting standards, timeframes and priorities

- Oversees proper execution of laboratory and animals vaccine proof of concept and development studies. Responsibilities focus on resource management and technical troubleshooting

- Manages development of complex project plans and timelines. Responsible to oversee timely execution of work by subordinates. Be accountable for the timely preparation of progress reports according to agreed plans, milestones and company guidelines for areas under direct responsibility.

- Be accountable for HR related responsibilities such as, career development, talent development and performance evaluation of the direct reports.

- Writes and reviews protocols and reports for vaccine development studies. Prepares progress reports for upper management

- Works on departmental and interdepartmental teams (Regulatory Affairs, Quality Control, Manufacturing, Animal Care, Sales/Marketing, and Technical Services) to develop strategies and oversee project execution

- Assist with legal activities including patent filings/assessments, outside research contracts, material transfer agreements, secrecy agreements, and licensed technology

- Capture innovative knowledge. Performs self-directed literature searches and reads scientific literature. Prepares manuscripts for publication and presentations for scientific or marketing meetings

- Seek and stay abreast of external advances and technologies than can enhance the species product development or portfolio

- Source and manage the R&D relationships and deliverables of 3rd party/external contractors needed to leverage talent, space, time, resources and results

- Key interface with Discovery and Technology in the planning and delivery of products and new technologies transferring from D&T to R&D

- Understanding and knowledge of industry practices, familiarity with competitors to contribute on design of competitive species research program


Education Minimum Requirement:

- Doctorate in biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, or related field (Ph.D.) is required. DVM preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

- A minimum 6 years of experience in biology, microbiology, virology, immunology, or related field.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Working with animal health industry is preferred.

- Strong scientific skills with molecular biology experience are preferred.

- Experience in licensing veterinary vaccines.

- Thorough knowledge of regulatory requirements for vaccine registration.

- Proven problem solving and listening skills along with sound judgment and business integrity

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Biology-Discovery

Job Title:Assoc Prin. Scientist, Biology-Discovery

Primary Location: NA-US-NE-Elkhorn

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck