Senior Principal Scientist

Kenilworth, NJ
Jun 27, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

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 is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

The Department of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism (PPDM) is seeking an experienced scientific leader to join the Regulated Immunogenicity / Molecular Biology Bioanalytics team. The primary role of the successful candidate will be to provide scientific and regulatory leadership to the organization in the area of assays to assess immunogenicity for biologic and vaccine programs. The successful individual must be able to provide strong scientific and strategic direction, including novel methodologies and platforms using state of the art technologies for the assessment of immunogenicity.  The desired candidate must also show strong working knowledge of regulatory (GLP and clinical) immunogenicity and assay guidance and have experience in authoring and reviewing regulatory submissions and responses. The top candidates are recognized industry leaders in the field of regulated bioanalysis with respect to immunogenicity measurements for biologics and vaccines.  

The successful candidate will strategically influence general and program-specific assay development with a line of site to successful product approvals. In this role as a senior scientist, responsibilities include scientifically coaching and mentoring across the group, being influential in program strategy cross - functionally across Merck’s portfolio, working across industry and with health authorities to set immunogenicity assay guidance, critical review of regulatory submissions and responses, and bringing new innovations into the group. Scientific excellence in assays such as ligand binding, cell - based assays, and molecular assays, and experience in the design of experiments and setting assay cut - points is also required. Candidates without all qualifications will be reviewed and could be successful based on past achievements and a desire for continued learning.   

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Ph.D. Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Virology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related area with 12+ years, a M.S. Degree with 15+ years, or B.S. Degree with 16+ years of relevant experience and sustained documented interactions with regulatory agencies  

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise  in authoring and reviewing program internal development documents and regulatory submissions and responses as well as experience interacting with Health Authorities 
  • Strong scientific and technical expertise in regulated bioanalytical assay design, development, and execution in support of biologics and / or vaccines in discovery, preclinical and clinical development such as but not limited to MSD, ELISA, cell base, Elispot, and Luminex.   
  • Independent scientist able to coach scientists through influence at various levels; encourages curiosity in others and challenges the status quo to foster innovation, well developed decision making skills
  • Strong external scientific reputation including publications, regulatory guidance documents, presentations at scientific meetings, membership on (or leading) cross - company working groups or consortia
  • Proven ability to lead the development of new, innovative approaches including experience with new assay technology evaluation and shaping scientific strategy both at the platform and program level
  • Serve as point of contact in regards to program lead for PPDM BA and collaborate with various early / late development program leaders across Merck
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience leading diverse teams and driving a collaborative and inclusive mindset
  • Substantial experience in regulated (GLP and clinical) bioanalytics in support of immunogenicity endpoints on biologics and / or vaccines programs 

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Vaccine, anti - viral, anti - bacterial, infectious disease and / or oncology knowledge and experience
  • Background in laboratory automation and/or information management systems is desirable

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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