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Merck & Co, Inc

Director Regulatory Affairs Liaison - Diagnostics

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Diagnostics focused Regulatory Affairs team helps bring new precision medicine advancements to the world by facilitating effective, efficient and compliant drug/diagnostic regulatory strategies and approaches across geographies.

Our Regulatory Affairs team bring new medical advancements to the world by facilitating communications and procedures that allow swift, organized compliance partnering with external regulatory agencies. We are on the leading-edge of healthcare breakthroughs that help provide new, reliable, and compliant medical products, practices and solutions to the world.

Under direction of the Executive Director, Companion Diagnostics/In Vitro Diagnostics, the Principal Scientist/Director will be responsible for:

  • Providing critical strategic and tactical CDx/IVD regulatory guidance that positively influences project planning and decision making.

  • Developing regulatory strategies for assigned products to enable and/or support timely approval of both therapeutic and diagnostic products by regulatory agencies.

  • Representing the Global CDx Regulatory position and providing updates within internal cross-functional teams (e.g., Diagnostic Development Teams) and to external diagnostic business partners.

  • Coordinating and leading regulatory interactions with diagnostic partners and/or regulatory health authorities, as needed, to mutually align on co-development needs and expectations for major project tasks such as regulatory submissions (e.g., PMAs, 510(k)s, IVDR submissions to NB, IDEs, EU performance study applications, pre-submissions).

  • Participating in meetings with regulatory agencies in collaboration with diagnostic partners and/or internal teams.

  • Reviewing and authoring relevant sections of device regulatory submissions, as appropriate, and corresponding therapeutic dossiers.

  • Interacting with global regulatory authorities and diagnostic partners to determine best practices and least burdensome regulatory paths to facilitate development and global registration activities.

  • Assessing the impacts of relevant drug and diagnostic regulations on the development and registration activities for the respective medical products.

  • Providing regulatory support for due diligence activities, as needed.


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in biological science, chemistry or related discipline, with minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in diagnostics and/or medical devices, the majority of which must be in diagnostic regulatory affairs.

  • Preferred: M.S. with minimum of 8 years of relevant regulatory experience; PharmD or PhD with minimum of 6 years of relevant regulatory experience.

Experience and Skills:

  • Diagnostics/In Vitro Diagnostics and/or Oncology diagnostics experience

  • Demonstrated scientific knowledge, writing ability, effective communication and thorough familiarity with worldwide regulatory agencies.

  • Outstanding interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership attributes and ability to drive success consistent with company values and priorities.

Position available at the following locations:

  • (Upper Gwynedd, PA, Rahway, NJ, Rockville, MD, Boston, MA).

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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:

$159,200.00 - $250,700.00

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Requisition ID:R229480