Oncology Regional Medical Scientific Director - Thoracic Malignancies - NC, SC (Remote)

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

The Oncology Regional Medical Scientific Director (RMSD) is a credentialed (i.e., PhD, PharmD, DNP, MD) therapeutic and disease expert who engages in bidirectional exchange of scientific or medical information with Scientific Leaders (SLs). The role provides balanced, factual, scientific information about non-product areas of interest to the Company and replies to scientific questions from SLs, including questions about Company products. The work of an RMSD is aligned to: Scientific Exchange, Research, Scientific Congress Support, and Scientific Insights.

RMSDs liaise between the scientific community and the Company to enhance the comprehension of scientific foundations and goals for approved, in-development, and active Company-sponsored trials and/or investigator-sponsored research studies. The RMSD serves as a role model for other field medical team members in ways that include on-boarding and/or sharing of therapeutic expertise.


+ This position covers the territory of North Carolina and South Carolina. Applicants must reside within the assigned territory.

+ Up to 50% travel required with some overnight.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

Scientific Exchange:

+ Develops professional relationships and engages with national and regional SLs to ensure access to medical and scientific information on areas of therapeutic interest and Company products.

+ Conducts peer-to-peer scientific discussions and maintains a reliable presence with those SLs to ensure they have a medical contact within the company

+ Addresses scientific questions and directs SL inquiries on issues outside of RMSD scope (e.g., grants) to appropriate company resources consistent with applicable policies

+ Maintains current knowledge and comprehension of dynamic scientific and clinical environment in the Company’s Areas of Interest (AOI)


+ Upon request from Global Center for Scientific Affairs (GCSA),

+ Initiates discussions with SLs and/or potential investigators that include scientific/data exchange within our AOI to determine the alignment with our research strategies, studies concepts, scientific merit, and qualifications for a specific compound or trial

+ Enhances the comprehension of the scientific foundations and goals of investigator-sponsored research

+ Identifies barriers to patient enrollment and retention efforts to achieve study milestones

+ Upon request from Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO),

+ Recommends study sites and identifies potential investigators to participate in phase II-IV clinical development programs, conducts Site Initiation Visits (SIVs), and detects barriers to patient enrollment and retention efforts to achieve study milestones.

+ Addresses questions from investigators and provides information regarding participation in company-sponsored clinical studies

Scientific Congress Support:

+ Engages in scientific congresses and medical meetings, facilitates scientific and data exchange for both internal and competitor data.

Scientific Insights:

+ Gathers feedback, data, or information during routine activities that can help the company better comprehend medical or scientific needs, priorities, or concerns of SLs and/or patients

Required Qualifications , Skills, & Experience:


+ PhD, PharmD, DNP, or MD

+ Proven competence and a minimum of 3 years of immuno-oncology experience beyond that obtained in the terminal degree program

+ Ability to conduct doctoral-level discussions with key external stakeholders

+ Dedication to scientific excellence with a strong focus on scientific education and dialogue

+ Excellent stakeholder management, communication, and networking skills

+ A thorough comprehension of FDA, OIG, HIPAA, and other ethical guidelines, laws, and regulations relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its customers

+ Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment

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

Desire to contribute to an environment of belonging, engagement, equity, and empowerment by:

+ Working to transform the environment, culture, and business landscape

+ Leveraging diversity and inclusion to increase competitive advantage, per global diversity and inclusion strategy

+ Ensuring accountability to drive an inclusive culture

+ Strengthening the foundational elements of diversity

+ Consistent adherence to field and corporate policies and Global Medical Scientific Affairs (GMSA) strategy, including field standard operating procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, and administrative/operational responsibilities


+ Field-based medical experience

+ Experience in Thoracic Malignancies

+ Research experience

+ Demonstrated record of scientific/medical publication


In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Job Posting: JC261039342

Posted On: Jun 08, 2024

Updated On: Jun 22, 2024

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