The Virology (HIV) Regional Medical Scientific Director 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 Merck and responds to scientific questions from SLs, including questions about Merck products and Merck 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 Merck research studies. Virology RMSDs provide support for data generation activities including Merck sponsored trials and Merck Independent Investigator Study Programs as prioritized and requested by MRL leadership. Virology RMSDs reports to the Regional RMSD Team Leader within US Medical Affairs, Global Clinical Development, Merck Research Labs (MRL).
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 Merck data or products Conduct peer-level scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence to ensure SLs have a MRL/ Medical Affairs contact within Merck 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 MRL/ GMA and HH strategy or MRL research programs Facilitate appropriate scientific exchange of information with SLs, including integration of scientific knowledge with actionable insights to inform MRL and HH strategies Communicate external stakeholder opinions, insights and feedback on new data, clinical trends and the evolving vaccine landscape to Medical Affairs HQ teams to enhance scientific understanding and inform internal MRL strategies Represent MRL at scientific meetings and congresses and contribute to MRL debriefs, insight discussions and postcongress reports
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 thereupeutic area. Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking and presentation skills Ability to travel up to 50% of the time overnights and reside in the coverage region
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, FDA regulations, and OIG, 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
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). 5+ years of prior pharmaceutical industry experience (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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