Associate Scientist, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology Job

Associate Scientist, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology:PRO014434


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.

This position is for an Associate Specialist - Engineering in Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology (PCT). This group is responsible for pharmaceutical process development of oral solid, oral liquid, and topical drug products from Phase IIb through regulatory filings, process validation, and into the first few years of commercial launch. The group’s work is facilitated by a Global, Science, Technology, and Commercialization’s (GSTC) network of commercialization sites run by Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization (GPC). These sites, which are currently located in Ireland and Puerto Rico, coupled with our pilot plant in West Point, PA and development facilities in both West Point and Rahway, NJ, form the foundation of development and commercialization capabilities.

This role works under general supervision to plan, conduct, evaluate, and interpret pharmaceutical process development studies, including scale up, design space development, clinical and formal stability batch manufacture, and process validation. Problem-solving skills are essential and knowledge of risk-based approaches to development, design of experiments, and process modeling are desired. Proficiency in writing and documentation practices is required to prepare experimental protocols and technical reports in support of product registration efforts. Strong oral communication skills are needed to effectively collaborate within teams.

Other responsibilities include physical testing, data analysis, technology evaluation, compliance with applicable safety and current good manufacturing practices, external publications (as appropriate), and patent applications.

Educational expectations include Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline. No prior experience is required.



- Educational expectations include Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline by June 2017.

Required Experience:

- No prior experience is required. A minimum GPA of 3.3.

- Must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related discipline with an expected graduate date between December 2016 - June 2017.

Preferred Experience:

- Relevant work or intern experience which may include any of the following:

- Experience with process scale-up and/or technology transfer, moving from laboratory to pilot scale.

- Demonstrated capability to develop and execute an experimental program to address issues of process robustness, productivity, and/or cost, integrating efforts with specialists in other technical disciplines.

- Experience with chemical engineering-related technology development

- Familiarity with concepts and application of cGMP during pharmaceutical development and production.

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Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Job Type: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: Works with pharmaceutical actives and solvents

Alternative Work Arrangements Available: Flex Time,

Relocation Provided: Domestic (within country)

Company Trade Name:Merck