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(Archived) Pre-Formulation Associate Principal Scientist

Last Updated: 8/30/21

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Job Description

Our Animal Health Research Laboratories team work tirelessly to invent solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of animals. Our state-of-the-art research facilities create an environment of innovation that enable us to create breakthrough science changing the way we approach animal health challenges.

The Associate Principal Scientist within our company's Animal Health Formulation Group is responsible for the pre-formulation activities of a variety of different small molecule dosage forms (oral, topical, injectable, implant, etc.). The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual, with an outstanding scientific track-record and passion for pharmaceutical product development. This individual will use innovative approaches to support early development candidates including screening and characterization of early formulations with phase appropriate investment while enabling rapid acceleration when proof of concept is achieved. Other responsibilities include data analysis, authoring of technical reports, patent applications, and engaging with internal and external experts to broaden the formulation toolbox. An ability to build strong ties with our company's Animal Health Discovery Team as well as the broader Formulation and Analytical functions within our company's Animal Health Pharmaceutical Sciences is essential. The candidate should have strong communication skills, good interpersonal and collaboration skills, an ability to multitask and a strong desire to learn and contribute.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead development of early formulation prototypes for discovery compounds using phase appropriate techniques with line of sight to rapid development when proof of concept is achieved
  • Make rapid decisions based on interpretation of scientific data and document results and decisions clearly
  • Collaborate effectively within and across functional areas and be recognized as a subject matter expert in pre-formulation
  • Bring knowledge and creativity to the position as well as have the discipline to drive results
  • Independently execute lab experiments while also helping to coach others in a collaborative environment
  • 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
  • Maintain awareness of relevant new and current technologies, capabilities, and effectively share this knowledge with others

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, Material Science, or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years relevant industry experience; or M.S. degree with greater than 10 years relevant industrial experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Capable of leading pre-formulation development activities to establish a formulation in line with the target product profile
  • 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 of multiple dosage forms and routes
  • Demonstrated ability to independently design, execute and lead complex experiments and data analysis
  • Authors quality technical reports
  • 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 in pharmaceutical development, preferably in animal health
  • Greater than 5 years of post-graduate experience in pre-formulation
  • Capable of mentoring peers

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

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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Requisition ID:R133230

Company Details

Madison, New Jersey, United States
Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.