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Associate Scientist, Boston Discovery Chemistry - Military Veterans

at Merck & Company

Job Description

Our company's Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Supplies (PSCS) organization translates molecules to medicines, working from the discovery interface through registration stability manufacturing by designing, developing and scaling-up the formulation, device, and manufacturing process. Driving drug product design from the bench top to the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) manufacturing facilities, our Scientists use cutting edge science to transform drug delivery and manufacturing technology to positively impact patients.

The successful candidate will be a passionate scientist with strong academic fundamentals and a drive to develop new medicines to improve human health. In this role, the individual will be responsible for leading CMC project teams and the formulation development of new chemical entities through a matrix team from initial first in human formulations (suspensions, solutions, capsules, tablets) through final market formulation definition and manufacturing process robustness assessment. This individual will also be responsible for driving new technology strategy, scientific understanding and capability builds within the organization.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Lead development of new, innovative approaches for product development, generation of experimental designs, execution experimental plans and data analysis to impact pipeline development and set strategic direction
  • Mentors technical staff to develop team members scientifically and support the execution of pipeline programs
  • Ability to spearhead Due Diligence of potential pipeline assets and drug delivery technologies, including representing PSCS on cross-functional teams to make strategic and technical recommendations to leadership
  • Sets direction and coordinates technology development efforts in emerging drug delivery areas
  • Drives evaluation of new technologies and leads capability build to deploy them to pipeline assets
  • Collaborates effectively within and across functional areas to lead the development of novel drug delivery technologies
  • Is a recognized subject matter expert in at least one area of drug delivery and/or drug product manufacturing technology
  • The desired individual is someone who will bring knowledge and creativity to the position as well as have the discipline to drive results
  • Can independently execute formulation and process development activities using Design of Experiments for new chemical entities or life cycle management opportunities while also helping to coach others in a collaborative environment
  • Coordinate development activities with process chemistry, material biopharmaceutics, analytical, and physical characterization groups
  • Leads project activities at external manufacturing sites
  • Facilitate manufacturing, packaging and release of clinical supplies for clinical studies, assist in scale up activities at pilot and commercial scale, and summarize results in technical reports and presentations
  • Enhance our company's professional image and competitive advantage through patents, presentations, publications and professional activities and advance areas such as science and technology development, technical and business strategic improvements, business process innovations
  • Builds and maintains awareness of relevant and emerging technologies and capabilities at a department level to develop institutional understanding and develop staff across the organization.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with a minimum of 8 years relevant industry experience.
  • M.S. degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with minimum of 10 years relevant industrial experience.
  • B.S. degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related discipline with minimum of 14 years relevant industrial experience.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Capable of leading formulation development activities in matrix team environments to define a robust formulation and manufacturing process.
  • Ability to lead complex teams in the development of new molecules and new technologies that shape drug delivery strategy across our company.
  • Extensive experience with conventional and novel drug product technologies that can be utilized to develop pipeline assets, including hands on experience to independently operate in a pilot plant as well as an in-depth understanding of the science to train others in the department
  • Recognized as a technical expert and scientific contributor with proven ability to identify and develop innovative ideas
  • Has broad knowledge of formulation science and in depth-knowledge in multiple areas, including core understanding of the drug development process
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute and lead complex experiments and data analysis
  • Track record of working effectively with team-members of diverse skill sets and backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Prior experience leading development projects at an enterprise level
  • Strong mentoring capabilities to build individuals and teams
  • Recognized as a subject matter expert in multiple drug delivery and/or manufacturing technology
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, fundamentally characterize and address manufacturing challenges through the development and optimization of novel production technologies.
  • Desire to build new capabilities through the evaluation of new technologies and hands-on optimization of existing technologies.
  • Ability to engage others to build a strong scientific community and address drug delivery challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply the principles of physical/organic chemistry, physical pharmacy & materials science to solving practical pharmaceutical development problem


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as "remote".

Under New York State, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate's relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:
$149,400.00 - $235,100.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here .

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Salary Range
$149,400 to $235,100
Merck & Company

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit

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