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Merck & Co. Inc.

Specialist, Engineering



Full Time

On Site


Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local/regional plants connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

The primary function of Specialists in the Bio Technology Solutions (BTS) department is to provide technical expertise for vaccine and biologicals processes. BTS is responsible for troubleshooting and improvement of existing manufacturing processes.

At our Company’s Animal Health campus in Millsboro, DE, a beautiful coastal beach area, we currently have a Bioprocess Engineer position available within our BTS team (A part of our Company’s Global Technical Operations team). Within a multidisciplinary environment you will collaborate with your colleagues at BTS, Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and R&D. Your main focus is to provide technological support for existing vaccine and biological products.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Works independently as a team member on the development and scale up of processes or technologies of microbial, virus and cell cultivations, biomolecules concentration and purification and final formulation of veterinary vaccines and therapeutics.

  • Works independently as a team member on the troubleshooting of processes or technologies of microbial, virus and cell cultivations, biomolecules concentration and purification and final formulation of veterinary vaccines and therapeutics to the production lines.

  • Works independently as a team member on the proactive improvement of processes or technologies and its transfer to the production lines within the timelines set for this purpose, whereby these processes and technologies meet the requirements of the customer with regard to safety, quality, cost-efficiency, practical applicability and consistency.

  • Examines issues from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, automation, equipment, process and people) in order to best understand and resolve the root cause.

  • Whether or not in collaboration with team members from other departments (e.g. QC, Pharmaceutical Technical Support, R&D, Production or Analytical Technical Services) gives direction to scientifically based decisions within projects aimed at the improvement of products, solving problems or development of new products.

  • If necessary, performs development, introduction and/or testing of new technologies.

  • Collaborates and interfaces with R&D and Manufacturing and other departments to bring improved processes to the organization.

  • Works within large cross-functional teams and demonstrates working knowledge of current USDA regulatory guidelines and advanced technical knowledge.

  • Develops project charters and project plans and align with all sponsors and stakeholders. Key capabilities include standard project management activities: development of timelines, use of project tracking tools, definition of deliverables, definition of roles and responsibilities, risk identification tracking and mitigation.

  • Coordinates and tracks team activities by leading or participating in core team meetings, communicates project risks and status to appropriate stakeholders and escalates issues to sponsors as needed in advance of deviation from project plans.

  • Assures consistent application of standardized work, engineering and process tools.

  • Conducts and designs experimental protocols as needed using the Technical Operations lab facilities and/or production equipment at full scale.

  • Creates and updates technical and manufacturing documents necessary for investigations, process design/definition, engineering studies, process demonstrations, change control and validation.

  • Displays our company leadership behaviors and demonstrate a high emotional intelligence.

  • Effectively collaborates with peers on site and above site as required. Contributes to international projects (Global Projects). Interacts closely with fellow scientists from your own and other departments. If required with external collaboration partners.

  • Actively contributes to the improvement or acceleration of activities within the department, also in the field of Environment Health and Safety.

  • Trains and guides employees and / or trainees.

  • Performs off-shift work (only as needed).

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Protein Chemistry, Microbiology +3 years experience in vaccine/biopharmaceuticals Research and Development, Process Development and/or Biological manufacturing or closely related field (or Master degree or PhD in related field)

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent project management, documentation and writing skills

  • Excellent teamwork skills

  • Strong problem-solving skills and a hands-on approach to solving problems inclusive of diverse perspectives (e.g. safety, compliance)

  • Ability to collaborate in cross-functional teams

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in bioprocess scale up and vaccine manufacturing

  • Working knowledge of USDA regulations

  • Knowledge of GMP requirements for manufacture and testing of biological products

  • Understanding of statistics and application to process monitoring and control

  • Working knowledge of Six Sigma concepts

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 …

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:R129877