Associate Principal Scientist, Developmental & Reproductive Toxicology

Job Description

The Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) group in the Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animal Resources department at West Point, PA, is seeking a toxicologist to join our group as a study director.  The DART Scientist will be part of a collaborative team who design and oversee the conduct of in vivo DART studies supporting drug discovery and development programs. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the single point of control on assigned DART studies.  Interact with technical and scientific staff to ensure that the study complies with the protocol, Standard Operating Procedures, regulations, safety guidelines, and company policies and procedures.

  • Critically interpret and report results for regulatory submissions within established timelines.  Integrate DART, toxicokinetic, and/or histopathologic data in performing risk assessments.

  • Identify and resolve scientific issues.

  • Provide leadership for DART scientific projects and teams.

  • Future potential to serve as nonclinical safety assessment lead on drug development teams.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD in Toxicology or related discipline, with training in one or more areas of DART.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Completion of relevant postdoctoral training.

  • Enthusiasm for continued development as a Developmental and Reproductive Toxicologist and for gaining experience in the drug development process.

  • Understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (US FDA 21 CFR Part 58).

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and work effectively in teams.

  • Proficiency with software used for data analysis and reporting.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience as a DART Study Director.

  • Experience with fetal morphology assessments (e.g., external, visceral, skeletal).

  • Experience with electronic data capture systems for DART studies.

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.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth. 





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