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Merck & Co, Inc

Regional Medical Scientific Director (Medical Science Liaison) - Cardiovascular & Metabolism - Midwest ( MERCUSR131190ENUS)

Science and Research

Food Science



Oak Brook, Illinois, United States

Job Description

The Cardiovascular & Metabolism Regional Medical Scientific Director (RMSD) is a credentialed (i.e., MD, PhD, or PharmD) therapeutic and disease area expert (heart failure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and pulmonary hypertension) who engages in both scientific exchange and research support, when requested, with external scientific leaders and investigators in the medical and scientific community. Regional Medical Scientific Directors (RMSDs) provide Scientific Leaders (SLs) balanced, factual, scientific information about non-product areas of interest to our Company and responds to scientific questions from SLs, including questions about our Company products and our Company data. RMSDs are responsible for facilitating and developing peer-level relationships with scientific leaders in the external medical/scientific community including those investigators who have potential interest in participating in our Company research studies. RMSDs provide support for data generation activities including our Company sponsored trials and our Company Independent Investigator Study Programs as prioritized and requested by our Research Development Division leadership.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identify, establish and manage collaborative professional relationships with national, regional and clinical practice scientific leaders (SLs) and investigators to identify and address scientific needs and to ensure access to medical and scientific information on areas of therapeutic interest and our Company's data or products in the Northeast US region.

  • Conduct peer-level scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence to ensure our Scientific Leaders (SLs) have a Research & Development Division / Medical Affairs contact within our Company.

  • Engage in proactive non-product discussions regarding scientific issues (e.g., disease states, diagnosis, epidemiology, unmet medical need, and population health, etc.) that are intended to enhance scientific discussions or inform/guide our Research & Development Division /Global Medical Affairs and Human Health strategy or our Research & Development Division's programs.

  • Facilitate appropriate scientific exchange of information with SLs, including integration of scientific knowledge with actionable insights to inform our Research & Development Division and Human Health strategies.

  • Communicate external stakeholder opinions, insights and feedback on new data, clinical trends and the evolving medical landscape to Medical Affairs HQ teams to enhance scientific understanding and inform internal strategies.

  • Represent our Research & Development Division at scientific meetings and congresses and contribute to our Research & Development Division's debriefs, insight discussions and post congress reports.

  • Support data generation activities when requested by our Research & Development Division's leadership, including our Company's Investigator Study Program (ISP), by acting as the primary liaison to investigators interested in developing and performing investigative oriented research.

  • When requested by our Research & Develop leadership, work to identify potential investigators for consideration of participation in phase II-IV clinical development programs and provide scientific support for our Research & Development Division's sponsored trials as needed.

  • Provide in-depth scientific support to Health Systems Teams.

  • Demonstrate and maintain in-depth knowledge of the assigned disease and therapeutic area(s) through educational efforts, including attendance at relevant conferences, scientific workshops, and review of key journals.

  • Fully comply with all company policies and applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards.

  • Desire to contribute to an environment of belonging, engagement, equity, and empowerment by:

  • Working to transform the environment, culture, and business landscape

  • Leveraging diversity and inclusion to increase competitive advantage, per global diversity and inclusion strategy

  • Ensuring accountability to drive an inclusive culture

  • Strengthening the foundational elements of diversity

  • Consistent adherence to field and corporate policies and Global Medical Scientific Affairs (GMSA) strategy, including field standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and administrative/operational responsibilities

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • An advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D.), that is relevant to the Cardiovascular & Metabolism areas are requirements of the position.

Experience Minimum Requirements:

  • 3 years prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare environment

  • 3 years of clinical and/or research experience (beyond that obtained in the terminal degree program) in the Cardiovascular & Metabolism therapeutic areas and demonstrated scientific excellence in the therapeutic areas OR

  • 5 years of Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) experience in a relevant therapeutic areas and demonstration of scientific excellence in the therapeutic areas.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking, and presentation skills·

  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time overnights and reside in the indicated territory

Skills Required:

  • Deep therapeutic competency; abreast of trends and new information in the Cardiovascular & Metabolism /translational science areas

  • Ability to network and partner with important external customers, including scientific leaders, investigators, clinical practice leaders and academic affiliated institutions, including treatment guideline members

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Recognition for scientific excellence in the Cardiovascular & Metabolism therapeutic areas as demonstrated by sustained contributions to the therapeutic areas via strong clinical, academic and/or translational/basic science research experience in the disease area(s) of interest. Experience in both clinical therapeutic area practice and owner of independent research and publication in the relevant therapeutic area space is highly desirable (i.e., experience in late stage clinical research as an investigator or key study personnel conducting outcomes research, company sponsored trials, or investigator-initiated trials).

  • 5 years of prior pharmaceutical industry experience (Medical Scientific Liaison or other clinical, medical or research related position) in the relevant TA/disease state

  • Prior working experience within the given geography and established relationships with relevant therapeutic area stakeholders

  • Demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and the ability to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  • The ability to consolidate and understand complex data sets, plan and/or execute data analyses, summarize, or synthesize data and objectively interpret results

  • Knowledge of national and society treatment guidelines, clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and OIG, HIPAA and other ethical guidelines, laws, and regulations relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its external stakeholder environment

  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment

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:R131190