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Director, High Throughput Analytics

West Point, PA, USA | Merck

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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Job Description

Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team push the boundaries of global healthcare through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine. 

The Director, High Throughput Analytics, Vaccines Analytical Research & Development is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for analytical development of vaccines candidates in our company's portfolio from discovery to launch. This position will have a specific focus on development and testing of high-throughput analytic assays to support a variety of platforms across the vaccines portfolio and will require key strategic partnering with Vaccines Process Research & Development, Cell-Based Potency Assay Development, and our partners in the commercialization and manufacturing.

The Director reports to the Executive Director, Vaccines Analytical Research & Development and will be directly responsible for a team of approximately 15-20 of our company's scientists. The position is accountable for delivering automated phase-appropriate, robust analytical methods that adhere to the highest scientific standards.

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 and/or process techniques to solve problems, including experience with a variety of analytical methodology and/or automation platforms, sound scientific understanding of Critical Quality Attributes/Quality By Design (QbD)/Design of Experiments (DOE) principles as well as data analysis and statistics for setting specifications. The candidate should have proven experience in development of high-throughput approaches analytics and a strong understanding of correlation between in-process and release/stability analytics to develop fit for purpose, flexible collaboration with partners. 

The incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting and development of talent under her/his supervision. The Director selects, trains, and effectively works with colleagues to action development plans of talent under her/his direction.The role will also be responsible for proactive resource 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, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and compliance mindset and collaboration with various partners and stakeholders in development.

Position Qualifications:

Ph.D. with a minimum of five years of experience or M.S. with a minimum of eight years of experience or Bachelors with a minimum of 15 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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 discovery, development and commercial filing

Education Minimum Requirement:

Ph.D. with a minimum of five years of experience or M.S. with a minimum of eight years of experience or Bachelors with a minimum of 15 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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