Oncology Medical Science Liaison, Women's Health - Chicago Job

Chicago, IL, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MED003125

Merck’s Oncology
organization is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend
and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of dauntless,
forward-thinking individuals achieves this through an unwavering commitment to
supporting accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic procedures, and
collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need
medicines have access to them. At Merck, our focus is on innovation and launch
execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative
medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.


The MSL is a
credentialed (i.e., MD, PhD, or PharmD) therapeutic and disease expert who
engages in scientific exchange with leaders in the external medical and
scientific community. Scientific exchange does not include promotional claims
about any drug, vaccine or biologic product. MSLs provide to Scientific Leaders
(SLs) balanced, factual, scientific information about non-product areas of
interest to Merck. MSLs also respond to scientific questions from SLs,
including questions about Merck products. MSLs have no sales objectives or
accountability for prescribing or sales of any Merck product and are required
to avoid any situations that could create the appearance that they have such
responsibilities. An MSL may not comment on or make suggestions with respect to
the diagnosis, treatment, or circumstances of a specific patient.


Primary Activities:

  • Develop professional
    relationships and communicate with national and regional scientific
    leaders to ensure access to medical and scientific information on areas of
    therapeutic interest and Merck products. 

  • Conduct peer to peer scientific
    discussions and maintain a reliable presence with those scientific leaders
    to ensure they have a medical contact within Merck. 

  • Review headquarters-directed
    education and training to maintain current knowledge and understanding of
    dynamic scientific and clinical environment in Merck’s areas of

  • Direct scientific leader
    inquiries on issues outside of MSL scope of responsibilities (e.g.,
    research, grants) to appropriate Merck resources consistent with
    applicable policies. 

  • When requested by MRL, serve as
    a resource for the identification of potential investigators for
    consideration for participating in phase II-IV clinical development

  • In response to unsolicited
    requests from scientific leaders, provide areas of interest and general
    high-level information regarding the Merck Investigator Study Program

  • Serve as a role model for other
    field medical team members, including on-boarding and/or therapeutic
    training partner. 
  • Qualifications


  • MD, PharmD, or PhD 

  • Required: 

  • A minimum of 3 years of clinical
    (patient care) or deep research experience in Oncology beyond that
    obtained in the terminal degree program. 

  • Capable of conducting doctoral level
    discussions with key customers 

  • Strong focus on scientific education
    and dialogue 

  • Business and market knowledge,
    including quality management. 

  • Excellent interpersonal,
    communication, and networking skills 

  • Must possess a thorough understanding
    of FDA, OIG, HIPAA and other ethical guidelines, laws, and regulations
    relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its customers. 

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

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

  • .Preferred:

  • Field-based medical experience 

  • Clinical research experience 

  • Job: Medical Affairs Generic Field Based ONC
    Other Locations:
    Employee Status: Regular
    Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time
    Number of Openings:
    Shift (if applicable):
    Hazardous Materials:
    Company Trade Name: Merck