Oncology Medical Science Liaison - (Pacific Northwest)

Portland, OR, US
March 23 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MED003314

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’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 Associate Director, Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a credentialed (i.e., MD, PhD, or PharmD) healthcare professional with a strong working knowledge of diseases and treatments in Oncology and develops on-going professional relationships with Scientific Leaders (SLs) to help achieve positive health outcomes for patients. The MSL engages in scientific exchange with leaders in the external medical and scientific communities. Scientific exchange does not include promotional claims about any drug, vaccine or biologic product. MSLs provide to SLs balanced, factual, scientific information about non-product areas of interest to Merck. MSLs also respond to unsolicited 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. The MSL may not comment on or make suggestions with respect to the diagnosis, treatment, or circumstances of a specific patient.

Primary Activities:
  • Identify appropriate Scientific Leaders (SLs) with input from manager.  Develops professional relationships and communicates with assigned SLs to ensure access to medical and scientific information on Merck products and areas of therapeutic interest
  • Ensures SLs have a medical contact within Merck.
  • Conduct peer-to-peer scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence with those SLs to identify needs/opportunities to improve population health in assigned therapeutic area(s); discusses appropriate evidence that can contribute to healthcare solutions
  • Review headquarters-directed education and training to maintain current knowledge and understanding of dynamic scientific and clinical environment in Merck’s areas of interest.
  • 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, works with MASL  to identify potential investigators for consideration for participating in phase II-IV clinical development programs 
  • In response to unsolicited requests from scientific leaders, provide areas of interest and general high-level information regarding the Merck Investigator Study Program process.
  • Attend scientific and medical meetings.

  • MD, PhD or PharmD 
  • A minimum of 1 year of clinical (patient care) or research experience in Oncology beyond that obtained in the terminal degree program. May include fellowship, residency, or work experience.
  • Capable of conducting doctoral level discussions with key scientific leaders.
  • 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).
  • Field-based medical experience in the field of Oncology
  • Clinical research experience
  • Demonstrated record of scientific/medical publication

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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