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MSL Virología - País Vasco – Castilla y León – Cantabria – Galicia – Asturias Job

Date: Nov 7, 2017

Location: León, CL, ES

Company: MSD

Requisition ID: MED003204

MSD 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 MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.


MSD’s Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The division is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing MSD's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide



The Medical Science Liaison serves as an ambassador and an advocate for MSD science within the healthcare community. By virtue of his/her training, the MSL is well-positioned to discuss and provide scientific and therapeutic information to Health Care Professionals and Researchers (Medical and Scientific Leaders) viewed by their peers to be authorities in a therapeutic field.


Engagements with External Experts (External Stakeholders)

Develop an understanding of regional and national scientific leaders and the healthcare environments in which they work through effective professional reactive engagement with scientific leaders that are centered on science and credible exchange of unbiased scientific information.

  • Interact with healthcare organizations and Authorities, healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and other healthcare organizations providing fair, balanced, and scientifically rigorous medical and clinical information.

  • Meet with healthcare professionals who might be interested in engaging in a scientific discussion regarding a product´s medical and clinical profile in the context of approved prescribing information as well as in response to unsolicited questions or requests for information which may involve off-label information. (Unsollicited means that the information request was neither suggested nor encouraged by the MSL or MSD commercial employees).

  • Participate in the development and implement tactics identified in the Medical Affairs Plans (MAP).

  • Work with MRL personnel to identify potential investigators for Phases 1, 2 and 3 Clinical Research projects, based on MSD needs and on the investigator’s expertise and access to appropriate patients. As requested by MRL, secure participation of investigators selected by GCTO.

  • Reactively inform investigators of MSD’s program for Investigator Initiated Study Proposals (MISP) and areas of interest, as well as to the process for submitting investigator designed proposals for review and approval; encourage and facilitate research publication of MISP studies supported by MSD, in strict compliance with HQ and local guidance regarding IIS.

  • May represent the Medical Department at Local or Regional Medical events (e.g. Medical Congresses and Symposia). They may collaborate in the coordination of pre-event information and communication of post-event summaries.

  • Participate in unbranded CME events organized by MSD Spain or third parties, where the MSL will serve as an ambassador of, and an advocate for, MSD science.

Non-Promotional Scientific Information

The MSL is to engage exclusively in activities of scientific exchange. As such, MSLs must be mindful of permissible subject matter, manner of discussion, context and audience and as such should be fully trained to fulfill all professional and regulatory requirements. Given the role of the MSL and the nature of MSL activities, it is critically important that MSLs avoid even the appearance of engaging in promotional activities.

  • Engage in discussions regarding scientific and clinical evidence surrounding new and existing MSD products and claims.

  • Provide relevant scientific background information for formulary decisions, treatment guidelines and Public Health programs.

  • Provide fair balanced, objective, scientific information and education to health care providers, formulary committees, basic scientists and to internal business partners as required by identified business needs.

Guiding Principles and Practices

MSLs' engagements are based on in-depth scientific exchange in a therapeutic area and often lead to knowledge transfer initiatives and research. The MSL, in interacting with healthcare professionals and researchers, is governed by the following guiding principles intended to deliver unbiased and evidence based information.

  • Have no sales objectives or accountability for prescribing or sales of any MSD product and do not participate in Sales Incentive Plans (SIP).

  • Discussions between MSLs and Health Care Professionals should focus on bi-directional exchange of ideas on disease related topics, scientific presentations of data in the public domain, and reporting scientific results (e.g. discussion of clinical study results).

  • Product claims must be discussed in the context of clinical and scientific exchange, and shall be consistent with prescribing information and substantiated with referenceable data.

  • Communicate evidence with fair balance, in accordance with company and local regulatory standards.

  • If unsolicited, responses to requests that necessitate providing information or data that is not within the current product indication, must clearly disclose that the information being provided is not contained within the regulatory-approved labeling and that MSD recommends the use of its products in accordance with its approved labelling.

  • In response to an unsolicited request for information, the MSL can provide references, abstracts and bibliographies for the specified topics. The literature and data that MSL use to support their discussions, as a general rule, are peer-reviewed, of the highest quality, and from databases and sites of information approved by the Medical Affairs Management Team.

  • Slides must go through proper medical review per local procedures prior to use. Refrain from use of corporate product trademark and branding in slide kits, unless expressly approved by Medical Affairs in the specific context used.

  • Information provided will not be highlighted or annotated by the MSL.

  • MSLs must not provide materials to Sales Representatives as these should only use materials approved in compliance with the Local Review Guidelines.


The MSL will report the Director of Medical Affairs, who leads the disease area where the MSL will operate.



  • MD, Pharm D or PhD in the area of Life Sciences. Candidates who do not hold a degree in Medicine or Pharmacy, should possess a doctorate level degree. Candidates are preferred to possess specialization and/or clinical experience and/or Medical Affairs experience in the relevant therapeutic area.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations or related experience. Previous experience in Medical Affairs, Clinical Research and/or Clinical Drug Development is preferred.

  • Strong scientific baseline knowledge in the therapeutic area, clinical research methodology, implementation and interpretation, sound scientific and clinical judgment, and eagerness to learn more in depth in the therapeutic area.

  • Strong, confident and engaging presentation skills. Both in Spanish and in English.

  • Outstanding communication and skills and the ability to function within a team environment.

  • Language skills: native speaker/proficient in Spanish and high/proficient in English

  • Handling of multiple tasks at the same time and working under pressure.

  • Proactive “can do” attitude and passion for the science related to the products and associated therapeutic area.

  • Strong customer facing skills, listening skills, probing skills, and flexibility.

  • Corporate culture competencies of Leader Behaviours, including Business Integrity.

  • Must be able to travel approximately 60%.

The MSL is responsible for ensuring that he/she is fully versed in the therapeutic area and up-to-date on all major studies, both ongoing and completed, competitive product information and clinical data.

The MSL's designation to a concrete therapeutic area may vary over time based on the needs of the Company.



Your role at MSD 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 MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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