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Associate Principle Scientist - Cell Based Assay Development & Automation

Requisition ID: BIO005525

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.

Vaccine Analytical Research & Development in Merck Research Labs, West Point, PA is seeking a candidate for an assay and automation development position. The successful candidate will develop automated high-throughput cell-based assays to quantitate viral infectivity, utilizing automated liquid handling and integrated robotics systems. Responsibilities include planning and executing experiments to compare and select cell lines, optimize assays and automation performance, application programming for automation of assay control and operation, data reduction, and data reporting. The position will support vaccine development.

The successful candidate will provide technical oversight for a small group of scientists, and will be responsible for all aspects of assay development involving the use of robotic instrumentation to develop and automate cell-based assays. This includes investigating new technologies and assay techniques, and incorporating new instrumentation into robotic systems. This position requires knowledge of aseptic cell-culture technique, and imaging systems used for detecting viral infection. The candidate will possess excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment. Experience with computer programming language is strongly preferred. Laboratory automation, industrial experience, statistics experience and a working knowledge of GMP/GLP would be beneficial.


Education Minimum Requirement:

BS/BA/MS degree in Engineering, Science or Informatics with 10 years experience in assay development/automation

PhD degree in Engineering, Science or Informatics with 3 years experience in assay development/automation

Required Experience and Skills:

• Experience with cell-based assays, such as viral infectivity or plaque assays.

• Experience with cell culture.

• Previous experience with a programming language, image processing, or system control applications (eg Visual Basic, C++, Java, MatLab )

• Excellent organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to work on a team.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Exceptional planning skills and ability to prioritize and track multiple projects.

• Demonstrates the ability to work independently and/or in a team environment and is results oriented.

• Understanding of the regulatory guidelines governing operation of GMP laboratories and documentation.

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: No
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: Yes; chemicals, BSL2 organisms
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

Associate Principle Scientist - Cell Based Assay Development & Automation

West Point, NY
Full Time

Published on 06/29/2019