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Job Title: Research Scientific Director, West Region (Washington or Oregon)  - SCI004515

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 125-year legacy. 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. 

The Reseacrh Scientific Director (RSD) is a therapeutic and disease expert who is responsible for facilitating and developing peer level relationships with the Clinical medical/scientific community who have potential interest in participating in Merck research studies [Investigator Initiated Studies Program (MISP) , solid tumor Collaborative studies, Company Sponsored clinical trials, etc] to support the Hematology portfolio. This position will report to the Team Leader- Research Scientific Directors [within Global Center for Scientific Affairs, Merck Research Labs (MRL)].

Primary Activities:
  • Support MRL strategy to accelerate Merck’s broader oncology portfolio through internal candidate development and/or external partnership opportunities.
  • Identifies, establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with key investigators, institutions, groups and consortia to identify and address scientific needs and stay abreast of current scientific trends in  oncology 
  • Support company initiated trials by interacting with primary investigators, assisting in site identification and screenings, and delivering disease education using approved resources
  • Conduct peer to peer scientific discussions and maintain a reliable presence with Scientific Leaders to ensure they have a medical contact within Merck.
  • Support data generation activities including provision of Merck areas of research interest and ISP process to potential investigators and review of proposals. 
  • Engage in proactive non-product discussions regarding  oncology scientific issues to assist Merck in obtaining feedback on certain scientific topics of interest to inform Merck’s research activities (e.g., medical practice insights, evidence/data gaps, novel targets and pathways, etc.).
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the assigned disease and therapeutic area(s) through education efforts, including attendance at relevant conferences, workshops and review of key journals.
  • Represents MRL at scientific meetings including pipeline booth support, congresses and symposia's, MRL advisory and investigator meetings.
  • Fully comply with all company policies and applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards.

  • An advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D.) with prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare education environment.
  • Currently reside in either the states of Washington or Oregon, OR the candidate must be willing to relocate themselves. No relocation assistance will be provided for this position.
  • Ability to travel up to 65% of the time.
  • Must hold a valid Driver's license.
  • A minimum of 5 years oncology experience 
  • Knowledge of treatment guidelines (NCCN, ASCO, ASH, ESMO, etc.), clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and OIG guidelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills are required.
  • Must have the ability to network and partner with important external customers, including Scientific Leaders, investigators, academic institutions, large group practices, NCI Cooperative Group leadership .
  • Must possess demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and is able to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority.
  • Must demonstrate deep therapeutic competency; stays abreast of trends and new information in the therapeutic/translational science area.
  • Clinical trial development experience.

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 Scientific Affairs – Field Based

Primary Location NA-US-WA-Seattle

Other Locations NA-US-Idaho, NA-US-Oregon, NA-US-Montana

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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