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Merck in the Rahway, New Jersey
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Date Posted June 12, 2018
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 


The pharmaceutical materials scientist will join Merck’s Preformulation Group and support drug product formulation development utilizing state of the art physical characterization tools and techniques to understand the complex interplay of formulation composition and process on product performance.  The candidate will work on cross-functional teams and be responsible for conducting physical measurements on a variety of dosage forms and modalities including small molecules and peptides formulated for oral delivery, injection, inhalation or other novel delivery routes.  Ideal candidates should have a broad knowledge of materials characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman), electron microscopy and mechanical testing. Expertise in chemical imaging techniques, vibrational spectroscopy, or materials selection and characterization of drug delivery devices is strongly preferred.




  • A Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related discipline, with a minimum of four (4) years experience, OR a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related discipline.




  • Experience with materials characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, electron microscopy, IR and Raman spectroscopy, mechanical testing.
  • Strong academic record including publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Self-motivated, creative and energetic scientist willing to continually learn and solve complex problems.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.




  • Expertise in chemical imaging techniques.
  • Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometric analysis experience.
  • Experience with materials selection and characterization of biomaterials or drug delivery devices.



Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.


Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 

Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


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Job: Preclinical Dev Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
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Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: New York City 
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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