Assoc. Principal Scientist, Biologics Formulation / Drug Product Development

Kenilworth, New Jersey
Jul 16, 2017
Sep 14, 2017
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job 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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

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Assoc. Principal Scientist, Biologics Formulation / Drug Product Development
Kenilworth, NJ
Job # BIO004433

We are seeking a motivated and experienced Scientist to join the Merck Bioprocess Development unit in Kenilworth, NJ. In this laboratory-based position, the candidate will be responsible for drug product formulation optimization and manufacturing process development of biotherapeutics, such as complex proteins, monoclonal antibodies and derived modalities.

Primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Formulation optimization and drug product process optimization studies, including scale up, fill/finish, transfer to manufacturing facilities and site-to-site transfers.
• The selected individual is expected to have knowledge of advanced biophysical techniques, high throughput tools, stabilization of liquid and lyophilized formulations of proteins, experience with high concentration formulation development.
• Candidate will work as member of a multidisciplinary team to solve complex technical problems related to production of biotherapeutics.
• Technical/scientific leadership, department representation on cross-functional teams, conducting and interpreting experiments, writing technical reports. Qualifications


  • PhD with a minimum of 4 years' experience in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biophysical Chemistry or related fields of experience OR MS with a minimum of 8 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biophysical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.

Required :


  • Direct experience with formulation development for complex proteins, monoclonal antibodies.
  • Experience with drug product manufacturing processes development for therapeutic proteins, process scale-up and optimization.
  • Strong laboratory and experimental skills, data analysis and verbal communication skills, ability to multitask, collaborate and prioritize.




  • Knowledge of biophysical tools for protein characterization, including DLS, Fluorescence, sub-visible particle characterization, viscosity and surface tension measurements, lab-scale lyophilization instruments.
  • Track record of publications and presentations.

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