Oncology Scientific Director (New York City and Long Island) Job

Rahway, NJ, US
July 13 2016
Oncology Scientific Director (New York City and Long Island)-SCI004383


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Oncology Scientific Director (OSD) is a therapeutic and disease expert who is responsible for facilitating and developing relationships with the Oncology medical/scientific community who have interest in participating in Merck research studies (ISTs, Company Sponsored). This position will report to the East Team Leader – Oncology Scientific Director (within Global Center for Scientific Affairs).

Primary Activities:

- Support Merck Research Lab (MRL) strategy to accelerate Merck’s broader Oncology portfolio through internal candidate development and/or external partnership opportunities.

- Identifies, establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with key investigators, institutions, groups and consortia to identify and address scientific and research needs in the field of Oncology

- Support company initiated trials by interacting with primary investigators, assisting in site identification and screenings, and delivering disease education using approved resources

- Conduct peer-to-peer scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence with Scientific Leaders to ensure they have a medical contact within Merck.

- Support data generation activities including provision of Merck areas of research interest and IST process to potential investigators and review of proposals.

- Engage in proactive non-product discussions regarding Oncology scientific issues to assist Merck in obtaining feedback on certain scientific topics of interest to inform Merck’s research activities (e.g., medical practice insights, evidence/data gaps, novel targets and pathways, etc.).

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

- Represent MRL at scientific meetings including pipeline booth support, congresses and symposia's, MRL advisory and investigator meetings.

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



- An advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D.) is required with prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare education environment


- The ideal candidate will reside within the position territory: New York City

- A minimum of 5 years oncology experience is required.

- Must demonstrate deep therapeutic competency; stay abreast of trends and new information in the field of oncology.

- Knowledge of oncology treatment guidelines (NCCN, ASCO, ESMO, etc.), clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and OIG guidelines

- Must have the ability to network and partner with important external customers, including scientific leaders, investigators, academic institutions, large group practices, NCI Cooperative Group leadership

- Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills are required.

- Must possess demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and is able to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority.

- Ability to travel up to 50% as required per this position.


- Prior Medical Science Liaison (MSL) experience in the therapeutic areas of lung, breast, head and neck cancers.

- Working knowledge of immuno-oncology.

- Prior experience in NYC cancer centers.

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Job: Scientific Affairs – Field Based

Job Title:Dir, Scientific Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Other Locations: NA-US-NY-New York City

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck