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Merck & Co. Inc.

Senior Scientist, Analytical R&D



Full Time

On Site


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Job Description: Senior Scientist, Analytical R&D (R3)

The Small Molecule Analytical Research & Development (SMAR&D) department of our Research & Development Division is seeking applicants for a Senior Scientist position available at its Rahway, New Jersey research facility. SMAR&D supports analytical characterization from early development to filing/commercialization for a variety of molecules including, typical small-molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, novel excipients, linkers for bioconjugation, and enzymes for bio-catalysis etc.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Senior Scientist is a laboratory-based scientific role tasked with solving complex analytical problems at the interface of chemistry, engineering, and lab informatics disciplines to enable development of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The successful applicant will be expected to solve challenging chemistry problems by application of one or more analytical techniques, including but not limited to, liquid chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography, gas chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, ion chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, etc. The successful candidate must be able to effectively collaborate in a fast-paced, integrated, multidisciplinary team environment.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry or related field or M.S. in chemistry or related field with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Candidates receiving Ph.D. in 2021 are also eligible to apply.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Strong background and experience in separation science

  • Demonstrated scientific ability through publications and presentations in scientific conferences.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity, and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to deliver complex objectives under aggressive timelines in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with cross-functional interactions

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in areas such as bioconjugate chemistry, design & characterization of protein linkers, analytical characterization of large molecules and/or antibody drug conjugates

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R133848