13 Jan, 2021

Principal Process Scientis

  • Merck
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
Process Engineer   Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

Your Role: Reporting directly into the Head of Novel Modalities R&D, the Principal Process Scientist will work in the newly created Novel Modalities R&D organization to develop innovative manufacturing technologies for RNA lipid nanoparticles / liposomes.  You will drive innovation for R&D activities securing IP for internal MilliporeSigma technology and product platforms whenever suitable.  You will be responsible for identifying optimized solutions while considering newest scientific data sources and interactions with the scientific community.  You will also be responsible for staying updated on product and industry knowledge as well as “best-in-class” manufacturing technologies.  Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Leading the development efforts to deliver project milestones on-time and on-quality
  • Drive implementation of digital tools and solutions in the development and manufacturing disciplines.
  • Establish a team-based approach with other internal organizations, such as marketing, sales, PAD, QC and Manufacturing.
  • Establish relationships in the industry that provide access to direct customer feedback and create opportunities for world-class responsiveness and innovative growth.
  • Deliver timely and comprehensive written and oral communications to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrate attention to detail in the planning, execution and documentation of experimental work



Who You Are: 
Minimum Qualification:

  • BS with 8+ years’ experience, MS with 3+ years, or PhD
  • Degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology or other related scientific discipline
  • Experienced in preparing nanoparticles / liposomes in an R&D environment
  • Hands on experience with encapsulating small molecules or biological molecules in particles


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. with 5+ years or MS with 8+ years of working experience in the cGMP/GLP environment in a CMO or CRO and knowledgeable about ICH and FDA guidelines
  • Ph.D. with 5+ years of liposomes preparation, experience with Ethanol injection method such as microfluidics system is a strong plus
  • Experience with large scale liposomes preparation and TFF operation
  • Experience with RNA therapeutic drugs
  • Ability to train and coach employees.
  • Experience with technology transfer and scale-up to manufacturing process
  • Experience in process analytical technologies and automation
Job Requisition ID:  213906
Location:  St. Louis
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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