Methods Specialist

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Summary of Position

To perform laboratory activities for the development of in vitro assays replacing animal models according to the instructions and overall guidelines, and where possible, using one’s own insight and initiative. Furthermore, to organize and execute one or more general tasks in GMP, SHE, technique- or laboratory coordination within the department.

+ Organizes and conducts (sub) projects by performing the development, troubleshooting, validation and transfer of new in vitro assays in consultation with the direct manager.

+ Chairs cross-functional project teams (including R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Quality, Ops, statisticians, etc.)

+ Applies broad and detailed technical and functional knowledge and conducts own experimentation.

+ Organizes, conducts and reports experiments if required with a new / complex study design and new techniques.

+ Interacts closely with fellow scientists within own and other departments. If required, interacts with external collaboration partners in consultation with the direct manager.

+ Supervises and trains trainees and new employees.

+ Monitors stock of biomaterial (e.g. antigens and monoclonal antibodies) for use in development.

+ Involved in review of detection agent-, cell characterization, recovery method-, assay development- and validation reports.

+ Fulfill general tasks within the organization related to GMP, SHE, IT and/or laboratory coordination.

Education Minimum Requirement:

+ Bachelor’s Degree in a Relevant Biological Area (Virology, Bacteriology, Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology)

Required Experience and Skills:

+ 2-3 years of Quality Control or Quality Assurance experience in the animal health industry

+ Familiarity with potency testing, particularly Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) requirements on final product animal vaccines for USDA release and subsequent sale in accordance with regulatory ( USDA 9 CFR, VS Memorandums and Supplemental Assay Methods) and internal requirements (USDA (Special Outline, Outlines of Production and SOPs). In addition, familiarity with European Regulations regarding assay development and product release is preferred.

+ Experience working with biological assays (ELISA, Luminex, HPLC, Virus Titration, Bacterial Plate Count, PCR, and Toxin-Neutralization Testing)

+ Experience in the development of bioassays

+ Prior bench level laboratory expertise required

+ Expanded knowledge in at least one biological area; experience in other biological areas

+ Strong computer skills (Excel, PowerPoint, Word etc.) with excellent communication and writing skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

+ Experience in the development of bioassays

+ Experience managing critical reagent inventories

+ Experience preparing protocols and reports

+ Capable of adapting to change and quickly learning new skills and concepts

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted 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., Rahway, 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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Job Posting: JC220945570

Posted On: Aug 12, 2022

Updated On: Aug 19, 2022