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Director, Biologics Analytical R&D

Merck & Co.
Rahway, NJ
Start date
Jun 5, 2024

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Science/R&D, Cell Biology, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Our team in Rahway, New Jersey, is seeking an exceptional leader who is passionate about leading a team of Scientists to deliver analytical solutions that enable and accelerate process and product development and manufacturing and ensure safety and quality of our products.  The successful candidate will be accountable for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and will focus on talent development and partnering to build an integrated culture of innovation across modalities and will partner with cross-functional development teams to enable pipeline decisions.  The Director, Biologics Analytical Research and Development (B-AR&D) is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for analytical development of candidates from the discovery interface, through first product registration.   The Director will be directly responsible for a team of approximately 10-15 scientists and a portfolio of approximately 3-5 programs at various stages of development.  Strategic partnering with Biologics Analytical Research and Development method development GMP laboratories, complementary areas of Analytical Research and Development, Biologics Process Research and Development, CMC and Regulatory in aspects of control strategy and filings, Quality and our partners in the commercialization and manufacturing is essential.


The successful candidate must function well and be able to collaborate in a fast-paced, integrated, multidisciplinary team environment.  Research and industry experience should demonstrate successful application and management of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to solve problems, including strong background and experience in separations science, extensive experience with UPLC/HPLC analysis of biologics (e.g. SEC, RP, IEX), experience in microbiological techniques, ELISA, PCR, cell based analytics, background in analytical methodologies and sound scientific understanding of Critical Quality Attributes/QbD/DOE principles as well as data analysis and statistics for setting specifications.  The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting, appraisal and development of personnel under her/his supervision.


The Director selects, trains, and effectively works with colleagues to action development plans of personnel under her/his direction within the framework of Company policy.  The role will also be responsible for proactive resourcing planning, risk assessment strategies and budget management as necessary (including merit and promotion planning). Maintaining a strong network internally and across the external academic and regulatory community is expected, as well as advancing a culture of scientific excellence, compliance mindset and collaboration with various partners and stakeholders in development.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related field with 5+ years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry; MS with 8+ years of relevant experience; BS with 15+ years of relevant experience.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated creativity, strong interpersonal and collaborative skills


  • Demonstrated ability in leading cross-functional groups with proven talent development skillsets.


  • Ability to work in a team environment with cross-functional interactions is essential


  • Strength in delivering results on firm deadlines in support of compound from development through Commercialization


  • A strong aptitude for and previous experience in managing inclusive scientific teams and attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent.


  • Extensive knowledge of and hands-on work in applying regulatory guidance and quality standards related to product release and safety.






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