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Job: Associate Technician, Operations, Merck & Co., Durham, NC

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General Information

Job title:
Associate Technician, Operations
Job location:
Durham, NC  27701 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
Job category:
Manufacturing and Production
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a "Safety First, Quality Always" mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

The VMF (Vaccine Manufacturing Facility) Associate Production Technician is an excellent entry-level opportunity for recent university graduates or experienced individuals that are interested in working in vaccine production and manufacturing operations. The individual in this position will support the vaccine manufacturing process through hands on processing activities.  Key responsibilities for the Associate Production Technician include the execution of aseptic processing requirements, adherence to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), and working in a self-directed team environment to accomplish shift and departmental goals.


  • Works collaboratively with all operations and support personnel, performing manual and automated processing of vaccine manufacturing equipment, performing general troubleshooting tasks, and supporting functions necessary for the production of vaccines

  • Executes all documentation and clerical functions necessary for proper accountability and traceability of product

  • Maintains, inventories, and transports all required processing equipment, materials, supplies and products needed to support manufacturing

  • Operates various computer-controlled process support/process equipment (i.e. washer, autoclave, vial filler, lyophilizer, capping/inspect machines, etc.)

  • Assists in troubleshooting of equipment

  • Performs housekeeping in all work areas.  Executes facility sanitization and decontamination according to approved procedures

  • Completes in-process testing and inspections supporting the vaccine manufacturing, validation, and development processes

  • Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate and escalates to appropriate personnel

  • Maintains, cleans and prepares equipment used in vaccine manufacturing process

  • Schedules and performs environmental monitoring during processing and records results in the computerized database system. Provides timely delivery of sample and other materials as required to appropriate laboratories, coordinating with Quality and Logistics

  • Attends and actively participates in safety and housekeeping walkthroughs, 5S, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiatives

  • Serves on safety, quality and other committees

Education Requirement

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent

Experience and Skills


  • Successfully pass Aseptic gowning qualification | Aseptic gowning requires that all skin and hair be covered through wearing the following: Beard/moustache cover, hair net, hood and facemask, goggles, jumpsuit, gloves and boots

  • Able to lift 50 lbs.

  • Vaccinated/blood tested for titer for products manufactured within the facility if needed

  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy (internet browsers, e-mail, word processing)


  • BioWorks Certificate (working in an FDA regulated industry)

Schedule and Hours

  • Night Shift Position | 12.5 hour (6:00 PM – 6:30 AM) rotation (2-2-3) | Includes working alternating weekends and holidays

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that's devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 

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.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor. TechnicianDurham

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

Employee Status:



No relocation

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Flexible Work Arrangements:

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3rd - Night

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Requisition ID:R137822

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