Senior Scientist - Cell Biologist Job

West Point PA
Oct 28, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
Organization Type
Senior Scientist - Cell Biologist-BIO004684


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.

Applications are sought for a leadership opportunity in MRL Vaccine Bioprocess Research and Development. Individual will support Merck’s discovery & development efforts for Vaccine programs at West Point, PA. The incumbent possesses expert knowledge in cell biology and broad knowledge of upstream process development. A key element of this assignment is to coordinate multiple program activities with Bioprocess R&D functions, Vaccine Basic Research and various functional groups within Merck.

The successful candidate will have a solid background in cell biology, and strong command of in vivo cell culture and fermentation with practical hands-on process development experience. Individual will have excellent scientific understanding of cell biology for vaccine production including cell metabolism, molecular biology and process scale-up. Preference will be given to individuals with research experience working with human cells.

The successful candidate will also provide technical and scientific leadership and subject matter expertise to all Merck vaccines programs, both in research and development, as well as in manufacturing and life cycle management. Individual is expected to provide technical leadership to various functional and strategic teams engaged in development of the vaccine candidate. The successful candidate will guide and mentor the upstream scientists and engineers, typically focusing on 1-2 programs at a time, while coordinating the overall program activities across much larger multi-functional and cross-divisional teams. The candidate must have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude. Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies. Proven ability to work in hands-on laboratory setting. Excellent organization, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Position requires employee to be willing to work with infectious agents and/or pathogens. Travel may be required to support technology transfer. Salaried position will require occasional off hour and weekend work.



- Ph.D. in Cell Biology or related field.


- Industry experience in a biotechnology-related position (i.e. vaccines and/or therapeutic proteins)

- Must have strong scientific understanding of cell biology and experience with aseptic production of mammalian cell culture.


- Previous experience in processing of live virus, vaccines, biologics, and fermentation / cell culture equipment.

- Strong understanding of upstream process characterization or expression system development for vaccines and/or biologics is strongly preferred.

- Experience working with viral systems within a BSL-2 environment.

- Strong understanding and experience in cGMP manufacturing

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Job: Bio Process-Ferment/Cell Cultr

Job Title:Sr. Scientist, Bio Process

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Hazardous Materials: Live Virus

Company Trade Name:Merck

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