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Merck & Co, Inc

Director in Global Clinical Development - Cardiovascular Therapeutic Area ( MERCUSR144664ENUS)

Business Development




Rahway, New Jersey, United States

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, subject to applicable law.

The Director (Principal Scientist) in the Global Clinical Development Team has primary responsibility for the planning and directing clinical research activities involving new or marketed Cardiovascular Medicines. With a focus on late-stage development, the Director will manage the entire cycle of clinical development, including study design, initiation, execution, monitoring, analysis, regulatory reporting, and publication.

Specifically, The Director May Be Responsible For:

  • Evaluating pre-clinical and translational work for the purpose of generating clinical development plans and Investigational New Drug applications;

  • Developing clinical development strategies for investigational or marketed Cardiovascular drugs;

  • Planning clinical trials (design, operational plans, settings) based on these clinical development strategies;

  • Monitoring and managing the conduct of ongoing or new clinical trials for investigational or marketed Cardiovascular drugs;

  • Analyzing and summarizing the clinical findings from studies to support decisions regarding safety and efficacy as well as new drug applications, clinical study reports, or publications;

  • Participating in internal and joint internal/external research project teams relevant to the development of new compounds, and the further study of marketed compounds; and

  • Supporting business development assessments of external opportunities.

Other Important Activities:

  • The Director will work closely with a cross-functional group of experts in commercialization, regulatory affairs, statistics, and manufacturing to manage clinical development projects; and assist the Senior/Executive Director in ensuring that appropriate Corporate personnel are informed of the progress of studies of our competitors' drugs and internal and external expert opinion on scientific questions relevant to one’s areas of responsibility.

The Director is responsible for maintaining a strong scientific fund of knowledge by:

  • Maintaining awareness of scientific developments within one’s area of expertise, in terms of new scientific findings, research methodologies;

  • Identifying scientifically and operationally strong investigators who can assist in the development of our company's investigational and marketed drugs;

  • Establishing communications with prominent clinical investigators in one’s particular field of interest, particularly those who will be willing and able to assist in the evaluation of our company's drugs; and

  • Attending appropriate scientific meetings to maintain one’s competency and to maintain awareness of research activities in one’s area of responsibility.

To accomplish these goals, the Director may:

  • Author detailed development documents, presentations, budgets, and position papers for internal and external audiences;

  • Facilitate collaborations with external researchers around the world; and

  • Travel on company business about 20% of the time to manage future or ongoing clinical research projects.



  • M.D or M.D./Ph.D.


  • At least 5 years of clinical and/or development experience (academia, clinical medicine, and/or corporate clinical development);

  • A record of scientific scholarship and achievement;

  • A proven track record in clinical medicine and background in biomedical research is essential; and

  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to function in a team environment is essential. Ou


  • Board Certified or Eligible in Cardiology, Nephrology, or Pulmonology



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.

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.


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Requisition ID:R144664