Executive Director/Distinguished Scientist, Clinical Research, HIV

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: CLI008180

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 general direction of the Section Head for HCV/HIV, the Distinguished Scientist is expected to make major contributions to the Company, which are primarily scientific in nature, and to provide leadership internally and externally for the field. These may be product-specific or involve new techniques for drug development. He/she will lead Product Development Teams (PDTs) and will manage clinical directors responsible for the design and medical monitoring of clinical trials. He/she assures that clinical research program design meets scientific objectives and is aligned with commercial needs. Serves as medical/scientific consultant to marketing or research project teams. Establishes the conditions essential for determining the safety, efficacy, medical usefulness, and marketability of drug or medical device products candidates. Interprets results of Phase I-IV investigations in preparation for new-drug or medical device application.

Some responsibilities include:

  • Operating with minimal supervision to design, oversee the implementation, and interpret and summarize the results of clinical research programs designed to lead to new drug applications or to post-marketing study publications.
  • Supervising other physicians who are responsible for individual clinical trials and their support staff.
  • Preparing/overseeing the preparation of the clinical sections of investigational New Drug Applications (NDAs) and Marketing Authorization Applications (MAAs).
  • Possibly presenting clinical data to the FDA Advisory Committee.
  • Working closely with colleagues in Regulatory Affairs to move drugs as quickly as possible through regulatory agencies.
  • Evaluating potential licensing candidates.
  • Proposing new directions for Clinical Research (e.g., new product claims or research methods).
  • Possibly serving on expert committees inside and outside Merck, or on planning committees for major scientific meetings.
  • By virtue of his/her extensive drug development experience and product knowledge, serving as a source of advice for management and colleagues.
  • Maintaining close working contacts with colleagues in the marketing group and assisting with competitive issues and marketing strategies. 


Education Requirements:

  • MD or MD/PhD required. 
  • Infectious Disease Board Certified preferred. 

  • Industry experience in infectious diseases’ drug development.
  • Experience in a leadership role in industry or academics. 
  • Demonstration of a record of scientific scholarship and achievement. 
  • Outstanding leadership characteristics exemplified through clarity of goal setting, the ability to inspire others, setting a positive example by providing assistance, recognition and encouragement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to function in a team environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to present to diverse audiences and to represent Merck professionally.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across the global organization, cross-functionally and cross-culturally.

  • Experience in authoring regulatory documents is preferred. 

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: Clinical Research (M.D.)
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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