Medical Scientific Liaison (Sponsorship Available)

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Medical Scientific Liaison – Oncology

  • Looking for a different challenge as a Medical Scientific Liaison – Oncology whereby you can still utilise your skills?
  • Ideal candidate to based in either Sydney or Melbourne
  • Permanent Full-time position with competitive renumeration and benefits
  • Join a dedicated and welcoming team at a Trusted Global Leading Pharmaceutical organisation
  • Upskill and growth in an area your passionate about, whilst being fully supported and encouraged

A Medical Science Liaison is a field-based disease state expert responsible for supporting our company’s strategic and scientific objectives, by exchanging scientific information with rostered scientific leaders about an assigned product and therapeutic area (TA) through balanced discussion. Providing accurate, fair and balanced scientific exchange is a core function.

The MSL’s interactions with scientific leaders are organic, comprehensive peer-to-peer discussions enabling their assessment of evolving standards of care for patients and research opportunities. Scientific exchange allows the MSL to collect insights regarding gaps in understanding and data needed by the healthcare community that can be shared with the wider organization.

What You Will Do

Responsibilities include, however not limited to:

Being product and disease state experts who engage in non-promotional scientific exchange with SLs or KDMs (Scientific Leaders or Key Decision Makers). Execute Field Medical Engagement Plans within the scope of local and global policies, local rules and regulations and aligned with the Field Medical SOP.

The MSL is responsible for ensuring that they are fully versed in the therapeutic area and up-to-date on: all major studies, both ongoing and completed; product information on our company and other companies’ relevant therapies; clinical data and relevant pipeline data to provide the most accurate data to SLs, KDMS and the healthcare community ,in a balanced way, to improve patient care.

The MSL’s primary responsibility is to engage in non-promotional peer-to-peer communication with medical/scientific information to SLs and KDMs on their roster, based on scientific exchange and services oriented towards the stakeholder’s professional interests & needs. They do this by:

  • Defining and maintaining a roster of Scientific Leaders and Key Decision Makers in their therapeutic area.
  • Interacting with identified Scientific Leaders and healthcare administrators (KDMs) by exchanging balanced medical / scientific information and by appropriately communicating these exchanges with internal colleagues.
  • Utilising scientific and medical expertise to communicate scientific information in individual and group presentations.
  • Responding to unsolicited requests for medical, scientific, pipeline, MISPs or our company product information from SLs or KDMs utilising appropriate approved scientific materials and appropriately documenting the use of these resources.
  • Providing medical support where appropriate, to enhance appropriate access of patients to our company products through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheduling process, formularies, and treatment guidelines.
  • At Global Clinical Trials Organisation (GCTO), GDSA or CORE personnel request, supporting the identification of potential study investigator/sites for sponsored studies.
  • Providing insights internally on scientific gaps, ideas and other topics gathered from scientific exchange to inform SRD, MISP areas of interest, clinical trial programs, development programs and company TA strategy.
  • Ensuring various engagement metrics (both quantitative and qualitative) are achieved.
  • Providing on-label medical insights and training to internal colleagues including our company and competitor products and disease state with their therapeutic knowledge.
  • Attending / participating in scientific congresses/meetings in Australia and internationally to understand the role of emerging data on patient treatment within the TA covered, allowing for more balanced Scientific exchange.
  • Support the preparation of non-promotional Medical Education Programs
  • Performing all company business in accordance with our company policies and procedures and country regulations (e.g.MA Code of Conduct).

What You Must have

Tertiary qualifications in a Medical degree; PhD in health sciences; or a pharmacy degree.

If pharmacy degree a minimum of: 

  • Prior solid pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Or, prior years in an in-field customer facing role in the pharmaceutical industry, is preferred.
  • Clear and concise communication skills (viz. verbal, written, presentations) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and a solid understanding of research methodology.
  • Ability to learn and convey medical/scientific information to healthcare professionals and decision-makers.
  • Knowledge of Australian pharmaceutical industry guidelines (MA Code of Conduct), regulatory/reimbursement
  • framework (TGA, PBS) and clinical research guidelines (ICH-GCP, NHMRC National Statement, Declaration Helsinki).
  • Ability to travel extensively (up to 60% of the working week).

What You Can Expect

  • Work autonomously whilst being supported, encouraged and being part of a trusted Global Leading Pharmaceutical organisation
  • Exposure to upskill and develop in your role
  • Flexibility and opening doors to other opportunities and skillsets
  • Joining a collaborative team of likeminded individuals

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited job assistance from search firms. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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