Associate Director, Scientific Affairs – Global Scientific & Medical Publications

Date: Dec 3, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: SCI004706

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. 

Under the direction of a Director or other senior manager, the Associate Director, Scientific Affairs, Global Scientific & Medical Publications (GSMP) will have the responsibility to write articles for timely peer-reviewed publication in major clinical and medical journals worldwide as well as write abstracts and prepare presentations for scientific meetings in support of Merck vaccine, infectious disease and/or antibacterial programs with minimal supervision.   Working closely with  GSMP Publications Manager(s) and other Publications team members for vaccines, infectious diseases and/or antibacterials, the Associate Director will also participate on vaccine, infectious disease and/or antibacterial Publications team(s) to plan and prioritize publishing strategy and activities.


Education Minimum Requirement:  
  • BS or MS in the biological sciences, biostatistics or epidemiology and a minimum of twelve (12) years of scientific writing leading to peer-reviewed publications. 

  • MD or PhD or equivalent in the biological sciences, biostatistics or epidemiology and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in scientific writing (leading to peer-reviewed publications).
 Required Experience and Skills:  
  • Must have demonstrated leadership and competence in biomedical research and strong writing skills. 
  • An understanding of clinical pharmacology, clinical research methodology and biostatistics is mandatory. 
Preferred Experience and Skills:   
  • Research or development scientist intimately familiar with science/literature of vaccines, infectious diseases and/or antibacterials and is knowledgeable and conversant with most complex issue in these areas with an ability to discuss with scientific leaders and others as a peer. 
  • Some industry experience preferred.
  • Ability to write on complex research and analysis topics, contributing significantly to publications in the vaccines, infectious diseases and/or antibacterials therapeutic area.
  • Experience with MS Office programs is expected, and familiarity of methods of data display very helpful.

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
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: no
Company Trade Name: Merck

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