Regional Medical Scientific Director, Vaccines - Northeast

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry professionals ensuring the scientific value of our products is realized. We engage and train internal employees to ensure that they thoroughly comprehend the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to bolster collaboration and further differentiate our portfolio.

The 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.


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 Company 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

Inclusive Mindset and Behavior

+ Demonstrates eagerness to contribute to an environment of belonging, inclusion, equity, and empowerment

+ Leads by example and serves as a role model for creating, leading and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce


+ PhD, PharmD, DNP, or MD

Experience and Skills


+ Minimum three years of relevant therapeutic area 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

+ Strategic and effective stakeholder management, communication, and networking skills

+ 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

+ Research Experience

+ Demonstrated record of scientific/medical publication

+ Relevant therapeutic area experience

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization.


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.

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Job Posting: JC201957699

Posted On: Jan 14, 2022

Updated On: Jan 30, 2022