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70 new Jobs for Cork with Merck

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70 new Jobs for Cork with Merck

Friday, April 22, 2016 

70 new Jobs for Cork with Merck

Up to 70 new jobs are to be created at Merck’s Cork facility after two new R&D facilities were opened this week.

A new speciality membrane facility (SMF) and chromatography media facility (CMF) will see the creation new jobs in the region, with up to 70 new roles expected in the next 18 months.

Jobs will be created in the areas of: 

  • General manufacturing
  • R&D
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Quality assurance

This will add to the already 700 people employed at Merck’s Cork operation, with 400 construction workers used to build the two specialist centres.

Based in Carrigtwohill, the closure of a similar facility in the US means that 90pc of the company’s entire membrane manufacturing, used as filtration for Merck’s products, will come from Cork, according to Martin McAuliffe, MD of the Cork operation.

“To get another investment in that area is very important to us, because it builds on what we already have here, and the second investment, then, which is chromatography media facility — that’s a new area for Cork,” he said.

“That’s important, because it’s a new departure for us and it gets us into a new area of the business that we can grow over time,” said McAuliffe, with the company’s R&D team set to expand significantly.

Merck currently have a number of job vacancies advertised online. Click here for more details on how to apply. 


The CareersPortal Team