Senior Specialist, Publication Manger Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Job

Gwynedd, PA, US
August 09 2017
Organization Type
Senior Specialist, Publication Manger Infectious Diseases and Vaccines-SCI004524


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

The Publication Manager is the central source of information regarding publication activities, is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of publication plans and leading global Publication Teams. The Publication Manager oversees compliance with Merck publication policies and procedures and works collaboratively with stakeholders on all levels both within and outside the company, including Merck Research Labs (MRL), Global Human Health (GHH) and medical communication agencies. With guidance and direction from the Director, Publication Manager, the Publication Manager coordinates publication planning, tracks and reports the progress of publication development, aids in the selection of appropriate journals and congresses for scientific data dissemination, allocates resources for writing, editing, formatting and submitting articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals and scientific conferences. The Publication Manager serves as the point to the Publication Team with regard to current publication policies and industry trends.


Facilitate development of and maintain publications plans in the Infectious Diseases and Vaccines therapeutic area(s). The Publication Manager delivers the tactics identified in the plan(s) and manages relationships with both internal and external groups. The Publication Manager is expected to:

- Manage cross-functional Publication Teams in the development of comprehensive global publication plans and the execution of the plan deliverables.

- Facilitate Publication Team Meeting discussions; prepare background materials, agendas and meeting notes.

- Facilitate the timely delivery of high-quality publications to relevant audiences in Infectious Diseases and Vaccines therapeutic areas.

- Track all publication activity on assigned projects using the Datavision publications database and generate reports for stakeholders as needed.

- Build and maintain excellent relationships with clinical investigators, scientific leaders, external authors, journal editors, and congress secretariats.

- Select, contract, and manage medical communications agencies and freelancer writers as required.

- Effectively plan and manage publication planning budget, providing updates to management.

- Ensure that medical/scientific publication activities comply with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations, the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT), and Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies; adhere to Merck’s Publication Policies and Procedures.

- Provide regular and ad hoc publication process compliance training to Publication Teams

- Conduct business in accordance with Merck corporate values.



- A Bachelor's Degree and seven (7) years of experience in a scientific discipline, publication management,or related area, OR a Master's Degree with three (3) years of experience in a scientific discipline, publication management or related area, or a PharmD or Ph.D.


- Relevant experience in project area of interest or strong scientific background.

- Understanding of the clinical development process, clinical study data and outcomes measures for assigned projects.

- Ability to acquire and maintain thorough understanding of industry and publications standards with respect to authorship, industry best practice, quality and appropriateness of medical/scientific communications (GPP).

- Ensure that medical/scientific publication activities comply with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations, the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT), and Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies.

- Thorough in-depth understanding of the scientific and medical rationale for assigned projects; stays abreast of new information and changes in the field (both therapeutic and industry best practices).

- Effective presentation skills.

- Effective communicator.

- Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills , able to create and foster relationships and collaborations.

- History of operational excellence, facilitation across diverse groups to deliver on objectives, ability to define solutions and formulate and execute on actions across a global organization.

- Highly organized and capable of working with attention to detail. Able to relate project details to larger project objectives.

- Demonstrated accomplishment and skill in oral and written communication.

- Ability to know when and how to appropriately raise issues to team and to management.

- Ability to communicate complex medical/scientific information in routine interactions/management of internal and external groups.

- Ability to plan, prioritize, and execute multiple projects; ability to multitask and work both independently and within multi-disciplinary teams, and keep both team members, departmental colleagues (as appropriate) and management fully apprised of project / initiative status and issues.

- Conduct oneself in a highly professional and ethical manner.


- Relevant work experience in a pharmaceutical, biotech, or academia setting (e.g.,chemistry, biological sciences, etc.).

- Track-record of accomplishment in a publication management type role. Advanced scientific degree (e.g., MS, PharmD, Ph.D.) or a combination of equivalent experience and training.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job: Scientific Affairs

Job Title:Sr. Spclst, Scientific Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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