Mar 19, 2019

Principal Scientist, Mass Spectrometry

  • Merck
  • Kenilworth, NJ, US

Job Description

Requisition ID: BIO005439

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 Mass Spectrometry team within Analytical Research & Development at our research division is seeking applicants for a Principal Scientist position. The successful applicant would provide technical project leadership as a group leader and solve complex problems to drive the analytical development and registration of new therapies.  We are looking for self-motivated scientists with proven leadership experience, a track record of innovation, and expertise in proteomics and protein characterization by LC-MS. As a Principal Scientist, you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists from Analytical Research & Development, Bioprocess Development, and Biologics Discovery to design, plan and implement strategies to use MS-based technologies to advance the development of biotherapeutics.  Preferred skills include: 

  • Setting and influencing program strategy across a portfolio of projects 
  • Recognized as an innovator within the field of mass spectrometry
  • Conversant in analytical method development & control strategies for regulatory filing and method validation 
  • Substantial experience in biological mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography, and  in structure elucidation of recombinant proteins by mass spectrometry
  • Expertise in proteomics by LC-MS
  • Ability to design experiments, interpret and track results, and utilize the information to optimize and advance MS-based analytical methods
  • Experience in supervising people and leading teams strategically
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work in a multidisciplinary working environment

The candidate should demonstrate the ability to identify patterns, trends & connections across data to reveal new dimensions to problems/solutions and articulate those ideas. He/She should be comfortable working within a cross functional team environment and should possess excellent communication skills. They should have an understanding of external scientific environment & current state of art and ability to translate that to scientific innovation in support of our organization's pipeline. Understanding of internal & external regulatory landscape & impact on scientific decision making is also important. 


Education Minimum Requirement:  Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related discipline

Required Experience and Skills:   

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry within chemistry, analytical chemistry or related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity, strong leadership/interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to work in a team environment with cross-functional interactions are essential.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of internal and external regulatory landscape and impact on scientific decision making

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: Biologics, Vaccines, Analytical Formulat
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: Proteins
Company Trade Name: Merck

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