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Merck Principal Scientist in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

Principal Scientists in Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QP2) oversee and directly apply quantitative approaches to characterize clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of new chemical entities and biologics, inform dose selection and go/no-go decisions, and shape, present and defend regulatory strategies to support global regulatory submissions and post-approval expansions in indications.

Principal Scientists provide strategic leadership and oversight in supervising the work of other scientists and leading QP2 efforts on drug development programs. Principal Scientists are expected to have or be developing expertise in several areas, including:

  • Overseeing a number of projects (including both program strategy and execution) across the neuroscience portfolio

  • Serving as an expert representative for QP2 on drug development teams and in cross-functional and governance discussions, including business development and licensing evaluations

  • Framing critical drug development questions for optimizing model-based development via translational PK/PD, population pharmacokinetic, exposure-response, quantitative system pharmacology (QSP) and disease progression models

  • Driving the development of mechanistic, disease progression and comparator modeling platforms to help drive portfolio decisions

  • Influencing clinical trial design via trial simulations and comparator modeling

  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of global regulatory expectations for small molecules and biologics, authoring regulatory documents (INDs, CSRs, CTDs), and representing QP2 at regulatory meetings

  • Mentoring and/or supervising junior colleagues to perform the above duties and to develop the above capabilities

The Principal Scientist is a skilled quantitative drug developer, with a strong, integrated understanding of the strategic elements of drug discovery and development that can represent the combined efforts of QP2 and the wider Department of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism (PPDM). She/he develops strategies for quantitative analyses (and commensurate experiments/trials) within and across development programs and/or functions. In addition to the responsibilities described above, Principal Scientists demonstrate outstanding leadership and communication skills, collaborating across PPDM and with other functional areas, as well as with external vendors and partners to create a quantitative model-informed approach to impact program strategies and decision making on drug development teams.

Required:

  • (a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with at least 7 years of experience) OR (a PharmD or equivalent degree with at least 9 years of experience) OR (an MS or equivalent degree with at least 11 years of experience), where “experience” means having a record of increasing responsibility and independence in a similar role in pharmaceutical drug development or academia.

  • Educational background in biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacometrics, mathematics, statistics/biostatistics, computational biology/chemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering, or a related field.

  • Drug development expertise within the neuroscience therapeutic area, including a record of both internal and external impact in driving model-informed drug development strategies

  • Ability to influence regulatory strategies including independently formulating registration packages to support global filings, a strong understanding of clinical pharmacology studies to support intrinsic/extrinsic factors, ability to independently author, defend regulatory filings.

Preferred:

  • Experience in performing population PK/PKPD analyses using standard pharmacometric software (e.g. NONMEM, R, Monolix, Phoenix, etc.)

  • Scientific understanding of biopharmaceutical and ADME properties of both small molecules and biologics

  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and problem scoping and planning.

  • Demonstrated ability to participate in and to lead an interdisciplinary team, and to oversee the work of other scientists

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization.

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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.

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Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

Domestic

VISA Sponsorship:

No

Travel Requirements:

10%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified

Shift:

Not Indicated

Valid Driving License:

No

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

1

Requisition ID: R144708

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