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Senior Scientist, Sterile and Specialty Products

Merck

Merck

Rahway, NJ, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Job Description

Sterile and Specialty Products (SSP) group is responsible for developing non-oral dosage forms (injections, implants, inhaled, ocular) for small, intermediate, and large molecules from preclinical toxicology studies to commercialization. Our development teams ensure robust composition, primary packaging/ device, and process selection through deep fundamental understanding and characterization such that the process is scalable without compromising stability, safety, efficacy, and delivery. During development, we leverage smart experimental design, cutting edge analytical tools, and predictive approaches to inform molecule, formulation and process selection. In summary, our team enables the translation of preclinical candidates into non-oral drug products.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Designing and developing sterile products for biologics, small molecule, peptide, and oligonucleotide drugs for injectable and ophthalmic routes of administration

  • Support both early and late stage development candidates will include screening and developing robust drug product composition, developing scalable process and defining primary packaging

  • Coordinate good practice (GXP) manufacture activities and appropriate compatibility characterization to enable processing of drug product and dosage administration in toxicology and clinical study

  • Build deep fundamental knowledge around the drug product and document experimental findings and conclusions in formulation development reports and regulatory filings

  • Active participation and leadership on formulation development teams and interfacing and collaborating with key stakeholders to drive project milestones

  • Take initiative, motivated to excel, have a strong technical background, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Education Requirements

  • Masters with four years or Ph.D. Degree in Chemical/ Biochemical/ Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field

Experience and Skills

Required

  • Experience and/or knowledge in one or more of the following:

  • Biologic molecule design

  • Formulation screening

  • Characterization

  • Process development or process modeling including knowledge of computational tools

  • Stability predictive modeling

  • Basic understanding of sterile product development and parenteral drug delivery

Preferred

  • Course work in physiology, pharmacokinetics, biochemistry, protein sciences, chemical kinetics, Transport phenomenon, polymer chemistry, physical pharmacy is highly desirable.

  • Formulation design/process development, alternative processing approaches, definition of critical attributes for process scale-up, analytical development and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control filing for sterile dosage forms including ocular dosage forms, peptide therapeutics, and non-conventional drug delivery technologies (e.g. emulsions, suspensions, injectable depot), Computational and statistical analysis knowledge/experience

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Expected salary range:

$111,400.00 - $175,300.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

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Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

Domestic

VISA Sponsorship:

Yes

Travel Requirements:

10%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Applicable

Shift:

1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

No

Hazardous Material(s):

No

Job Posting End Date:

06/14/2024

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Job Posting End Date:06/14/2024


A job posting is effective until 11:59:59PM on the day BEFORE the listed job posting end date. Please ensure you apply to a job posting no later than the day BEFORE the job posting end date.


Requisition ID:R298028