Principal Scientist

Job Description

A Principal Scientist in OSL is expected to perform the role responsibilities independently with minimal supervision, and mentor others to develop similar capabilities.

The Principal Scientist should provide strategic leadership through the following primary responsibilities:
  • Independently managing the PPDM integration of projects in any phase of development (discovery, preclinical, clinical, lifecycle management) in any therapeutic area, including molecular entities of any modality (small molecule, biologic, vaccine, combination product). Projects may also include strategic collaborations.
  • Guiding the PPDM subteam through creation, management and, execution of collaboration or integration strategies appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the project. Harmonizing input from the ADME, Bioanalytical and Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QP2) functions into a cohesive strategy and plan.
  • Contributing, synthesizing, and articulating the PPDM scientific and regulatory strategy and progress to PPDM management, Integration Team and appropriate Project team membership as well as translating it into execution within the PPDM subteam.
  • Collaborating effectively with functional areas, support functions, and collaboration partner functions to drive project deliverables.
  • Ensuring communications within and from the team are clear and effective, meetings have clear purpose and objectives, and that conflict is surfaced and resolved.
  • Leveraging relationships and networks to improve and enhance efficiency and productivity. Proactively identifying and removing obstacles to drive project to business as usual status.
  • Providing our company's organizational and process expertise to internal and external teams to enable navigation of discovery, development, and corporate governance and business needs.
  • Communicating project status/issues and documents/presentations for senior management/governance committees/alliance committees.
  • Providing mentoring, coaching, and oversight to Specialist/Senior Specialist associates working on common projects. Sharing lessons learned and best practices to positively impact the PPDM community.
  • Leading/contributing to broader process improvement efforts if required.

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree with ≥ 7 years of experience OR a PharmD or equivalent degree with ≥ 9 years of experience OR MS or equivalent degree with ≥ 11 years of experience , where "experience" means having a record of increasing responsibility and independence in a similar role in pharmaceutical drug development or academia.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Solid understanding of small molecule and biologics drug discovery and development, including regulatory expectations for the biopharmaceutical industry, trends and competitive landscape.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills. Demonstrated experience presenting science and/or business topics to leadership, including preparation of slides and scientific and business rationale for a decisions and strategies.
  • Desire and proven ability to have an impact. Energetic self-starter with a strong work ethic, capable of growing and teaching in an undefined space.
  • Experience with cross-functional teams/leadership and collaboration with demonstrated conflict/issue resolution, time-critical project management, negotiation skills, ability to build effective networks to move projects forward without direct management responsibility.
  • Sound judgment and ability to gain the trust and respect of research and development colleagues.
  • Strong networking, organizational, and computing skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ethics; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for compliance and delivery and experience with coaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team or matrix setting.
  • Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills; able to establish good working relationships with employees at all levels, resolve conflict and provide feedback, and to devise and implement creative solutions to problems
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written; demonstrated ability to speak up appropriately and to raise issues to teams and senior management

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Formal people management experience
  • Six sigma or similar process improvement training and hands-on experience with improving pharma processes preferred

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

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.


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Requisition ID:R134760