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Merck Virology Human Immunodeficiency Viruses Regional Medical Scientific Director - NY Boroughs/Upstate NY in Rochester, New York

Job Description

The Virology Human Immunodeficiency Viruses (HIV) Regional Medical Scientific Director (RMSD) is a credentialed (i.e., MD, PhD, or PharmD) therapeutic and disease area expert, who engages in both scientific exchange and research support, when requested, with external scientific leaders and investigators in the medical and scientific community. Virology 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. Virology 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. Virology 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 and Development Division leadership. Virology RMSDs reports to the Regional RMSD Team Leader within US Medical Affairs, Global Clinical Development, our Research and Development Division.

Primary Activities:

  • 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 data or products.

  • Conduct peer-level scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence to ensure SLs have our Research and 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 (GMA) and Human Health (HH) strategy or our Research and Development Division research programs.

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

  • Communicate external stakeholder opinions, insights and feedback on new data, clinical trends and the evolving vaccine landscape to Medical Affairs Headquarters teams to enhance scientific understanding and inform internal our Research and Development Division strategies.

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

  • Develop and execute territory plans in alignment with global Virology strategy.

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

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

  • Provide in-depth scientific support to Health Systems Teams within United States Medical Affairs (USMA).

  • 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.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • An advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D.), that is relevant to Virology and requirements of the position.

Experience- Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare environment and;

  • A minimum of 3 years of clinical and/or research experience (beyond that obtained in the terminal degree program) in Virology (or related therapeutic area, e.g. infectious diseases, immunology, preventative medicine) and demonstrated scientific excellence in either Virology or the related therapeutic area.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking and presentation skills.

  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time overnights and reside in the coverage region.

Skills Required:

  • Deep therapeutic competency; abreast of trends and new information Virology.

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

  • 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, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, and Office of Inspector General (OIG), Health Insurance Portability Act (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.

Preferred Capabilities:

  • Recognition for scientific excellence in Virology as demonstrated by sustained contributions to Virology via strong clinical, academic and/or translational/basic science research experience in Virology.

  • Experience in both clinical Virology and owner of independent research and publication in Virology 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).

  • Five plus years of prior pharmaceutical industry experience as a Medical Scientific Liaison (MSL) or other clinical, medical or research related position) in Virology.

  • Prior working experience within the coverage region and established relationships with Virology 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).

Headquarters located in Upper Gwynedd, PA; however, the position will work remotely; candidate should reside within the coverage region.


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Requisition ID: R35653