Senior Scientist - Merck Animal Health Job

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Senior Scientist - Merck Animal Health-BIO004157
Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, and vaccines, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.
Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:
- The Senior Scientist will be engaged in complex research activities within the Merck Animal Health division, in collaboration with Supervisor, other Scientists, and Research management. This position is responsible for assisting with project planning, study execution and reporting, product licensure, and daily work direction of lower level laboratory technicians.
- The Senior Scientist will conduct assigned research work, including laboratory work and animal studies, data analysis, protocol/report preparation. Lab activities are conducted according to company and departmental procedures. Laboratory work involves cell culture, culture of viruses, perform standard microbiological procedures (aseptic technique), virus support assays (plaque purification, hemagglutination inhibition, TCID50, microneutralization), molecular techniques and reverse genetics, develop and validate potency tests and other assays including ELISA, qPCR, HPLC and flow cytometry, test samples, and prepare vaccines.
- Assists in transfer of technology and discussion/communication at team meetings.
- Train Lab Technician on laboratory work and assist in monitoring their assigned work to maintain good quality and be in compliance with policies and procedures.
- Manages own project activities and develops timelines for portions of team s project and projects under their control to meet established goals and timelines.
- Can serve as Study Investigator or Study Director on projects in supportive of vaccine licensure. Writes routine study protocols. Have the ability to create study designs to achieve valid results. Assists in writing more complex laboratory and animal study protocols. Writes study reports for routine work with limited supervision and have the ability to draft complex reports.
- Performs literature searches, reads scientific journals and apply findings to improve current work.
BS in a related field with at least (7) years of relevant work experience
Preferred:MS or PhD in Virology or Microbiology
- Experience conducting research project activities with minimal supervision
- Experience planning project activities and meeting timelines
- Expertise in standard Virological/Bacteriological/Immunological/Molecular Techniques of Cell Culture, Virus and Bacterial Quantification, Fluorescence Microscopy, ELISA, PCR, SDS-PAGE and Western blot
- Experience training Lab personnel
- Experience with assay development and troubleshooting
- Experience with preparation of vaccines and working with swine or livestock animals for vaccine evaluation
- Strong computer skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and data management software
Strong verbal and written communication skills
- 5%25%20Travel
Preferred Experience:
- Experience working with swine or livestock animals
- Demonstrable track record of development/licensure of products for the Animal Health Industry
- Experience in vaccine development research or related field
- Experience with assay development, optimization/validation
- Experience working with technical and analytical equipment
- Experience with data management and analysis
- Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices
- Familiarity with USDA product licensure requirements
Our employees are the key to our company s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Merck s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at .
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Job Title:Senior Scientist, Biology-Discovery
Primary Location:NA-US-KS-DeSoto
Employee Status:Regular
Travel:Yes, 5 %25%20of the Time
Number of Openings:1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Various chemicals and reagents in a research lab setting

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