Associate Director, Supervisory Forensic Chemist

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

Our company is recruiting for a subject matter expert in forensic science qualitative comparative analysis applied to counterfeit drug detection, identification, and characterization and to lead the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory in West Point, PA

Reporting to the Global Security Director, Forensic Services Laboratory, the Supervisory Forensic Chemist will be responsible for the direct and subordinate expert level of professional forensic science analysis at our company’s Forensic Services Laboratory for the EMEA region. You will provide the necessary level of forensic capacity and capability to identify, characterize, and report on suspected counterfeit and other illicit products in a manner consistent with the Product Integrity mission and in compliance with associated scientific, forensic, and ISO/IEC 17025 standards.

This opening is location agnostic.

Main accountabilities include but are not limited to:

+ Provide expert level of forensic analysis on the testing of suspected counterfeit, diverted, tampered, and other illicit products

+ Evaluate evidence submitted to the Forensic Service Laboratory to provide the best professional scientific examinations

+ Testify in court as a subject matter expert witness regarding laboratory operations, physical evidence, forensic results, scientific analysis, and case knowledge in a defensible posture. Understand the admissibility complexities of scientific evidence

+ Maintain the Laboratory’s ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation status by ensuring all lab operations are performed according to the standards and within the scope of our accreditation

+ Participate in our Forensic Intelligence program in order to identify meaningful forensic linking factors to initiate new investigative avenues and support prosecutorial efforts

+ Support the development of new analytical methods for small and large molecule counterfeit drug detection, including research and validation of new or existing techniques, procedures, methods, and instruments used in the laboratory

+ Coordinate and collaborate with investigators and law enforcement agencies

+ Serve as a scientific and technical subject matter expert on forensic testing for the detection, identification, and characterization of illicit products

+ Manage the operation of the Forensic Service Laboratory; ensuring the examination, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence meets the appropriate standards in the scientific investigation of pharmaceutical crimes

+ Consult with the laboratory Director to develop short- and long-term planning strategies based on forensic standards and best scientific practices

+ Manage operational expenditures to align with corporate and regional business activities and requirements, ensuring necessary forensic testing capacity and capability, while prioritizing services to identified high security risks for the Company


+ Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or related scientific field; advanced degree (MSc,) strongly preferred

+ Minimum of 7 years of prior relevant laboratory experience; direct experience in Forensic Sciences is preferred

+ Knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations (GxP,etc) and counterfeit drug detection and investigations is advantageous

+ Demonstrated expert understanding of the principles and practices, applications, concepts, theories, and limitations of methods associated with forensic science and analytical chemistry in the application of counterfeit drug detection

+ Proven ability to provide subject matter expert witness testimony based on scientific analysis

+ Expert ability to plan, direct, organize, and coordinate projects; effective decision making or recommendations to resolve and mediate conflicts

+ Knowledge and experience in ISO/IEC 17025 standards and the process of accreditation

+ Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze problems, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, make decisions or recommendations, resolve problems, and consult with appropriate staff and resources as needed, based on knowledge, experience, and expertise

+ Documented experience interacting with and supporting senior leadership

+ Demonstrated strong cross-functional team leadership abilities and experience

+ Ability to champion new ideas or positions to meet key goals and initiatives

+ Possess strong commitment to safety and compliance requirements and laboratory accreditation standards

+ Demonstrated strong leadership, communication, and analytical skills

+ Ability to work in highly collaborative and matrixed environment

+ Innovative, independent, and able to manage an aggressive workload in a high performing environment

+ Fluency in English, both verbal and written; additional strong language skills in other languages is preferred

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

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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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.



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Job Posting: JC195790235

Posted On: Oct 24, 2021

Updated On: Oct 31, 2021