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Specialist, Bioprocess Technology Solutions

Job Description

Our Quality Assurance group ensures every single material inside our products is manufactured, processed, tested, packaged, stored and distributed aligned with our incredibly high standards of quality and meets all regulatory requirements.  Partnering across our internal manufacturing facilities, external contract manufacturers and suppliers we create an interdependent global manufacturing network committed to deliver a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The Specialist, Bioprocess Technology Solutions position is available at our Animal Health facility in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area.  The DeSoto facility is expanding operations to manufacturing vaccines and biologics for large and companion animals.  Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are biologics production using fermentation and cell culture platforms, filling and packaging.

Skill Requirements:

  • Develop upstream and downstream virus, cell culture, bacterial processes that are robust, scalable and economical for bioreactor, fermentation and purification platforms in the production of veterinary vaccines and therapeutics.
  • Represents Manufacturing departments on interdisciplinary teams and demonstrates a working knowledge of current GMP guidelines and advanced technical knowledge.
  • Designs and performs simple to complex experimental studies to identify and optimize critical process parameters for the development of robust manufacturing processes for new and existing veterinary biological products.
  • Develops creative approaches and solutions to assigned projects as well as to develop new platform technologies and improve existing processes.
  • Facilitate and lead product transfers from R&D and site to site. Participate and work with transfer team members on engineering runs and consistency serial production.
  • Orders supplies and reagents, prepare reagents and provides support for overall laboratory and pilot operations.  Documents and prepares comprehensive, accurate and well-written project summaries and reports.
  • Interacts routinely and effectively with Manufacturing, Quality. and Research.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS and/or MS degrees plus 3+ years of experience in Animal Health or other Biological field required. Alternately PhD plus 0-2 years of experience in Animal Health or other Biological field required.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in Research and Development, Process Development and/or Biological manufacturing or closely related field
  • Experience in bacteriology, cell culture and fermentation techniques
  • Project management, analytical and writing skills
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication, leadership and teamwork skills
  • Excellent documentation and writing skills
  • Good conceptual, analytical, problem solving, and organization skills to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a hands-on approach to solving problems inclusive of diverse perspectives (e.g. safety, compliance)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Working knowledge of GMP requirements for manufacture and testing of biological products.
  • Knowledge or experience of upstream and downstream bioprocess scale-up, aseptic processes
  • 1-3 years biological or relevant experience

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:

Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


1st - Day

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):

Yes - Thimerosal, formalin, BEI

Number of Openings:


Requisition ID:R48192

Specialist, Bioprocess Technology Solutions

De Soto, KS
Full Time
Entry Level (less than 2 yrs experience)

Published on 05/28/2020