Catalysis Lead Job

Rahway NJ
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 17, 2016
Organization Type
Catalysis Lead-CHE005011


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.

The Catalysis Lead, Process Research & Development, is responsible for managing the implementation of novel catalytic chemistry and processing technologies to ensure the design and development of robust, sustainable and efficient Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing processes.

The Catalysis Lead reports to the Executive Director, Process Research & Development in the Merck Research Laboratories organization. This role requires laboratory chemistry execution using high throughput experimentation and analysis tools in addition to direct supervision of approximately 5 scientists who work closely within multidisciplinary teams comprised of chemical engineers, analytical chemists and synthetic organic chemists. The Catalysis Lead is responsible advancing an internal culture of scientific excellence, identifying emerging trends and in many cases defining the field based on fundamental mechanistic principles. The Catalysis lead ensures that predictive chemistry platforms are routinely used in reaction design and optimization.

Critical tasks involve enabling new chemical transformations and influencing route design. The team managed by the role also supports API campaigns at lab, pilot and manufacturing scale. Proactive resource planning, project prioritization , risk assessment strategies and budget management are necessary.

The incumbent is responsible for the recruiting, appraisal and development of personnel under his/her supervision. The Catalysis Lead selects, trains, and recommends transfers, merit increases, promotions, and closures of personnel under his/her direction within the framework of Company policy.

The Catalysis Lead recommends, and maintains external contracts for Process Research & Development, including collaborations, grants, fellowships, and consultants in expressed fields of activity. Interaction with the international academic community is expected.


Education Minimum Requirement:

- Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field is required

Required Experience and Skills:

- A minimum of 4 years drug development experience.

- Demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups.

- Track record and commitment to employee development/retention.

- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.

- An understanding of preclinical and clinical development.

- Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines.

- Internationally recognized in academia and industry with a demonstrated history of high impact publications and invited presentations.

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: Chemistry

Job Title:Prin. Scientist, Chemistry

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Hazardous Materials: lab Chemistry role

Company Trade Name:Merck

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