​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Discover Job Opportunities in our Life Science Centre in Cork, Ireland.


The Merck Life Science Centre in Cork is a unique manufacturing facility within our company’s global network of 55 manufacturing and testing sites. A dedicated team of more than 700 scientists, engineers, and technical experts are involved in manufacturing critical products - including key components of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests.

A role at our Cork site means you join a team committed to providing the tools and expertise that positively impacts life and health with science. Our vision is a world where our innovative products, services, and digital offerings help create solutions for people globally and a sustainable future for generations to come. Be sure to read more below about how a career here can transform your life and positively impact millions of people worldwide.


Curious and passionate employees on site


Million Invested in Cork in 2022


Permanent jobs in Cork by end of 2027


Fuelled by purpose and rewarded by personal fulfillment, our Cork site offers more than just standard career opportunities for every open role, from Assembly Operators to Quality Technicians and more. We offer attractive working conditions and benefits to all employees.

  • Laya Healthcare – Merck operates a group Health Insurance Scheme with full cover for private medical insurance for you, your spouse / partner, and dependents up to the age of 18 (* 21 if in full-time education).

  • Pension – Membership in the company-defined contribution scheme with auto-enrolment onto the scheme when employment commences.

  • Bonus and Share Schemes – Participation in the company’s discretionary bonus plan and share in the company’s success by utilising bonus for share purchase under the Share Participation Scheme. 

  • Personal Development – Employees are our most important asset, and we encourage you to drive your development and career with a self-directed learning plan. There are many opportunities to participate in onsite training programmes and those offered by our Global Learning and Development team. 

  • Sports and Social – Participate in regular company events hosted by our sports and social team, as well as a wide range of discounts that we offer across sports, arts, culture, shopping, and dining.


Located in Ireland’s second largest city, we are proud to be a part of Cork’s strong pharmaceutical sector. Now one of Europe’s major manufacturing centres for global pharma, biopharma, and MedTech, Cork has a significant role in Ireland’s robust life sciences market. The Cork site continues to increase its manufacturing capacities by investing hundreds of millions of euros, adding more than 370 permanent jobs at the Cork site by 2027.


We are calling all curious minds!

From working on virus filters and UF filters for DNA sample preparation to diagnostics products such as COVID-19 lateral flow membranes, pregnancy, HIV, and Dengue fever tests, Cork focuses on three areas of expertise:

  • Biotools: The Biotools department makes filtration and medical devices , manufacturing 120 million devices annually for the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Membrane: Membranes are incorporated into filtration devices to remove harmful bacteria and viruses from life-saving medicines. Often, our membrane is the last component a treatment will touch before being administered to a patient.

  • Media: We are proud to be a world leader in affinity chromatography resin manufacture. For example, our ProSep Chromatography media is part of a product used to treat breast cancer and is on the World Health Organisation's list of essential medicines.​​​​​​​
Quality Control Laboratory
Immersion Cast Membrane Manufacture
Biotools Amicon Manufacture
Media Chromatography Reaxtor room


We recently announced a €440 million investment to increase membrane manufacturing capacity in Carrigtwohill and to build a new manufacturing facility at Blarney Business Park. This largest ever single-site investment for our Life Science business highlights our belief in Cork’s capabilities to continue to provide and accelerate the production of critical products, technologies and services to our customers.
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