Early Clinical Scientist

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Posted: January 24, 2017
  • Reference ID: CLI005626
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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Early Clinical Scientist/ECS coordinates the design, planning and execution of early phase clinical trials with the Clinical Director and internal/external team members. Oversees trials within and/or across program(s)/therapeutic areas and ensures excellence in execution/compliance to support study objectives and data validity. Manages CRO performance to achieve project objectives and resolves project performance issues if they arise.

Ensures appropriate clinical safety assessment and risk management of compounds. Conducts real-time oversight of ongoing trials to identify and mitigate patient, study design, data or study conduct issues. Reviews and interprets clinical trial data. May conduct on-site study monitoring, including site training & supervision of complex, novel endpoint/biomarker collection processes. Applies knowledge of GCP, ICH guidelines and regulatory requirements for clinical development.

Contributes to teams developing and/or improving internal job aids/SOPs. Identifies and communicates best practices within the organization.

Technical Writing & Communications

Co-authors clinical sections of protocols, clinical investigator brochures, clinical study reports, Worldwide Marketing Application/Common Technical Document (WMA/CTD) subsections, and regulatory agency update and safety reports, as well as clinical development plans, publications, and abstracts. Ensures documents are completed in accordance with applicable standards. Develops study operational documents with input from team members (e.g. site monitoring plan, study operations manual, informed consent, etc.).

Project Management

Manages trial and program projects including team activities (i.e. meetings, document/collaborative workspace management, etc.), provides risk assessment and contingency planning, under accelerated timelines. Familiar with early drug development processes, building knowledge and skills to effectively manage additional processes/procedures.

Overnight travel

  • Bachelor of Science degree (or BSN) and a minimum of 4 years related* experience OR Master's degree and a minimum of 3 years related* experience

*e.g., familiarity with or knowledge of clinical trial management and trial execution; clinical site training/monitoring; medical and regulatory writing; OR equivalent experience with developing preclinical model experiments for drug candidates (protocol authoring, experiment execution/oversight, authoring experiment reports).

  • Knowledge of clinical research development process from program planning to regulatory submission
  • Knowledge of GCP, ICH guidelines and regulatory requirements
  • Able to quickly develop a working scientific knowledge of different therapeutic areas
  • Ability to manage complex operations and projects under accelerated timelines
  • Scientific, medical and/or safety writing and reporting (at least one is required)
  • Ability to partner effectively with internal and external (CRO) teams to achieve results
  • Strong team collaboration, leadership, communication (written and verbal), issue identification and resolution skills

  • Global Phase I subject and patient trials & safety reporting experience

Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.
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