Associate Specialist, Engineering Job

Elkton VA
Aug 13, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Organization Type
Associate Specialist, Engineering-CHE005426


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

At the Merck’s campus in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Technical Specialist position available with our vaccine and biologics team. The manufacturing facility is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains a short distance from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Assignments and duties will include:

- Providing technical support for in-line manufacturing processes
- Learning new processes and procedures
- Project work
- Shift work as needed
- Conducting technical investigations and analyses
- Writing and reviewing procedures for operation of equipment and processes
- Contributing to process and equipment safety reviews



- B.S. degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological systems engineering or related discipline and 0-2 years of relevant industrial experience OR

- B.S. degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related life science discipline and 0-2 years of relevant industrial experience OR

- M.S. degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological systems engineering or related discipline OR

- M.S. degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related life science discipline


- Strong problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving, with a bias toward going to see problems for oneself in the field.
- Excellent technical, organizational, interpersonal, collaborative, and verbal/written communication skills are required.
- The ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, maintenance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve it.
- Enthusiasm, confidence and initiative-taking ability needed for continuous learning and its applications.


- Experience working in a cGMP environment
- Biologics or vaccine processing experience
- Sterile processing experience
- Technical writing experience

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Job: Chemical Engineering

Job Title:Assoc. Spclst, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-VA-Elkton

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Hazardous Materials: Isopropyl Alcohol, meta cresol and BL2 compound

Company Trade Name:Merck

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