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Director, Clinical Safety & Risk Management (Vaccines/ID)


Upper Gwynedd, PA
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Job Title: Director, Clinical Safety & Risk Management (Vaccines/ID)  - DRU000648


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 is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

Merck is well known for its many contributions to the prevention and control of infectious diseases, and continues as a global leader in vaccines, as well as antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal therapeutic agents.  Under the general direction of an Executive Director in Clinical Safety and Risk Management, the CSRM Senior Principal Scientist is a leader in Drug and/or Vaccine Safety and is responsible for the overall Clinical Risk Management and Safety Surveillance of assigned investigational and marketed drugs/vaccines.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Support product development activities via Risk Management and Safety Teams and Product Development Teams and other related sub-team participation, including participation in internal and joint internal/external research project teams relevant to the development of new compounds, and the further study of marketed compounds.
  • The CSRM Senior Principal Scientist may work closely with a cross-functional group of experts in Epidemiology, Regulatory Affairs, Statistics, and Manufacturing to manage safety topics under evaluation.
  • Duties include all aspects of Safety Data Evaluation, including assessing safety from a variety of sources, e.g. clinical trials, literature and post-approval use and ensuring completeness of safety information in worldwide package circulars.
  • Responsible for Safety Surveillance activities such as signaling reviews using medical judgment in review of individual cases as well as overseeing the medical judgment of other staff.
  • Risk Management activities such as contributing to recommendations for PV actions and making recommendations for labeling.
  • Ensuring that the safety section of product circulars are medically and scientifically appropriate.
  • Analyzing and summarizing the findings from available safety data to support decisions.
  • The CSRM Senior Principal Scientist may supervise the activities of CSRM Staff in the execution of safety data analysis and medical writing.
  • Responsible for the development of worldwide post-market risk management plans, pharmacovigilance strategies and risk minimizations activities as warranted
  • Contribute to medical presentations and scientific publications
  • Interactions with public health authorities to support the safe and proper use of products



  • MD, DO, or equivalent


  • Minimum of (3) years Clinical experience after completing education
  • Minimum of (2) years industry experience in Clinical Research / Clinical Development and / or Drug Safety / Pharmacovigilance / Risk Management
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical skills


  • Industry experience in both an Investigational and Post-Market capacity
  • Board certification highly desirable
  • Training and/or experience in public health, epidemiology, and/or quantitative sciences

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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Job Drug Safety Surveillance (MD)

Primary Location NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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