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Your Role
The Manufacturing Science & Technology (MSAT) is part of our Life Science Business and provides high quality scientific and technical support to our customers developing or manufacturing biopharmaceuticals. This Process Development Scientist (PDS) role will be part of a MSAT team mainly covering German-speaking European countries (projects throughout EMEA may happen occasionally). Home-based in Switzerland this experienced and confident scientist will provide support at customer sites or virtually with screening and optimizing bioprocess technologies, typically in pre-clinical to clinical phase II development projects. Having a focus on projects reliant upon downstream purification technologies and applications in the biopharmaceutical industry for monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, plasma proteins, and vaccines. Furthermore, the scientist with an interest in commercial pharma process development and manufacturing partnering with local sales team will develop long-term relationships with clients through good science and influence the industry through authoring technical publications as well as contributing to industry conferences.

Who you are:

  • MSc. or PhD in BioSciences related field
  • Biopharma industrial experience and expertise in separation and purification technologies such as normal flow filtration (clarification, sterile and virus removal), tangential flow filtration and chromatography (> 4 years of experience advantageous) across all the different applications of advantage
  • Excellent management skills with respect to planning, executing and documenting experimental projects
  • Confidant on delivering oral presentations in front of customers and on relevant congresses/conferences
  • Strong technical communication skills (verbal and written) in English and French and/or German
  • Comfortable in using new and emerging digital technologies

You are a highly motivated individual with entrepreneur mindset and the ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and demanding environment. A flexible approach is essential along with strong organisational skills, high level of initiative with the ability to complete short and longer-term projects.

The position will be home-based in Switzerland. You will need to have the willingness to travel up to 50 % of your year time within the EMEA regions as required.

Merck offers an attractive international working environment, valuing your talents and training you to develop new skills. We believe in building a strong relationship with our employees. Merck encourages diversity.

What we offer:  With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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