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Merck Associate Scientist, Research Science - Cattle in De Soto, Kansas

Job Description

The Associate Scientist will be part of a highly collaborative team working towards obtaining new cattle vaccine licenses. The candidate will work semi-independently as a member of a project team to support development and evaluation of prototype bacterial /viral strains and vaccine platforms. The primary role of this candidate is to perform laboratory activities following established procedures, technologies and methodologies as well as assisting in development of new assays. The Associate Scientist will assist in the conduct of animal trials involving cattle and laboratory animals, and must have the ability to evaluate, summarize and trouble-shoot study findings. The candidate will organize and execute one or more general tasks within the department.

Technical – Applies established procedures, technologies and methodologies to complete assignments. Detects deviations, investigates causes and suggests improvements. Supports (sub) projects by performing the development, improvement and/or transfer of new or existing products, production processes or laboratory methods and techniques upon assignment by the supervisor. Organizes, conducts and reports in draft form routine animal experiments. Act as study investigator / supervisor or responsible scientist in routine (GLP) studies. Laboratory work involves standard bacterial and viral titrations, bacterial fermentations, programming and operation of lyophilizers and bioreactors, microbiology culture techniques, preparation of media, sterilization techniques, conducting growth kinetics studies, optimizing/validating new assays (e.g. ELISA, qPCR, IFA, flow cytometry, Western blot), preparing and testing study samples, formulating vaccines, and accurate documentation of all laboratory work and results.

(Inter) departmental – Fulfills general tasks within the organization related to safety, compliance, and laboratory maintenance. Interacts closely with fellow scientists within own and other departments.

Supports training of Lab Technicians, trainees and new employees.

ELISA=Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, qPCR=Quantitative polymerase chain reaction, IFA= Immunofluorescent assay

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. /B.A. degree or above in Biology, Bacteriology, Virology, Microbiology, Immunology or a related field

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to conduct research project activities under supervision

  • Ability to plan project activities and meet timelines

  • Must have general experience with laboratory techniques

  • Must have good communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills

  • Must have good computer skills including knowledge of Word, Power Point and Excel

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with bacterial / viral titration assays

  • Experience working with large animals in vaccine development research or related field

  • Familiarity with USDA product licensure requirements

  • Experience using Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN)


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Applicable


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Job Posting End Date: 05/24/2024

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Requisition ID: R293897