Senior Scientist

Merck & Co.
Rahway, NJ
May 08, 2019
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 Chemical Engineering Research & Development Department (CERD), part of the Process Research and Development organization, is seeking highly motivated individuals who are looking for an opportunity to work in a fast-paced job that provides a high degree of technical and project management responsibility.  Under scientific and administrative direction, incumbent carries out independent research which involves conceiving, designing, planning, and implementing advanced studies aimed at achieving research goals related to process development, technology development, and production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).  In this capacity, the incumbent is expected to make scientific contributions to research programs of major importance to the Research and Manufacturing Divisions. 

This position is largely hands-on with process development/scale-up work performed at scales spanning the range from laboratory scale to commercial manufacturing scale.  The candidate may also have the opportunity to manage development and/or manufacturing activities at external suppliers.  

A high level of innovation, creativity, and self-initiative along with the ability to plan and organize activities are expected.  Strong communication skills are also critical to success in CERD because engineers are required to communicate regularly, clearly, and with confidence as they discuss technical problems, support pilot plant operations, and interface with cross-functional colleagues/customers.



Education Minimum Requirement: 

The position requires either a BS and/or MS in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering from an accredited college/university plus at least 5 years of relevant work experience in process development, or a PhD in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering from an accredited college/university.  For all degrees received, a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher is required.

Required Experience and Skills**: 

For BS/MS candidates, at least 5 years of relevant work experience post-graduation, where relevant work experience may include any of the following:
• Experience performing lab-based research/process development in a chemical engineering-related area.
• Experience with process scale-up and/or technology transfer, moving from laboratory to pilot plant or production scale.
• Experience applying statistical experimental design (i.e. Design of Experiments) and/or process modeling
• Experience with chemical engineering-related technology development 

Preferred Experience and Skills:
• Direct experience with pharmaceutical drug development
• Familiarity with concepts and application of cGMP during pharmaceutical development and production.


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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Job: Process Engineering
Other Locations: 
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: A variety of chemicals and solvents are associated with the position
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: New York City 
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark