Senior Medical Science Liaison

Johnson & Johnson
March 17, 2023
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The Senior Medical Science Liaison (Sr. MSL) is responsible for providing fair balanced, objective, scientific information and education to health care professionals and to internal partners as required by scientific and business needs. The Sr. MSL acts as an established scientific and clinical knowledge lead on current and future Janssen Retina products. The Sr. MSL is responsible for staying abreast of current scientific and treatment landscape trends in therapeutic areas of interest. The Sr. MSL provides research support for company and investigator initiated research.

The Sr. MSL is responsible for developing and maintaining a territory strategic plan, which includes clinical activities with identified OLs, institutions, community practices, pathways influencers and advocacy organizations.

The Sr. MSL role is one that requires a level of competency and experience in the disease state, as an MSL. The Sr. MSL is expected to posses foundational competencies in the areas of Influence & Results Focused, Communication, Stakeholder Engagement, Product & Therapeutic Area Knowledge, and Data Insights & Dissemination.

The Sr. MSL rapidly identifies and compliantly collaborates with field-based partners to ensure support of the Healthcare Providers which will positively impact the patients that they care for with little direction from leadership.

The Sr. MSL will continue to enhance their skills in agility, applying the competencies of Change Management, Time Management and Innovation.

The Sr. MSL is responsible for conducting all activities in accordance with current regulatory and health care compliance guidelines.

Consistently demonstrate strategic territory planning and ability to build strong relationships within the territory:

  • Builds community and academic opinion leader partnerships through establishing relationships and conducts scientific exchange with community and institutional HCPs.
  • Respond to unsolicited scientific inquiries of HCPs/investigators/health care systems/academic medical centers and population health decision makers integrating scientific data including real world evidence into real life practice to meet customer needs.
  • Presents data and information in a manner appropriate to the audience and request.
  • Execute plans regarding reactive and proactive outreaches as approved via the legal/HCC exceptions process
  • Integrates scientific data into real life practice to meet customer/audience needs, adapting interpersonal style to particular situations and people.
  • Anticipates the responses of various individuals and teams based on their vantage point and perspective.
  • Executes Research Initiatives with little direction or guidance from leadership.
  • Leverages knowledge of standards of care and Janssen company/investigator sponsored clinical trials and competitor landscape to facilitate external-internal research communication.
  • Engages with external investigators regarding unsolicited research inquiries and act as liaison to R&D, Medical Affairs and operations teams.
  • Provides clinical trial support to identify potential sites, resolve issues with enrolled sites, and participate in meetings as appropriate, including site initiation visits and investigator launch meetings.

Effectively leads at least one scientific or strategic Retina project, exhibits strategic identification of educational gaps and elevates team acumen.

Consistently demonstrates strong scientific acumen

  • Actively participate in journal club through scientific dialogue, demonstrate understanding of current standard of care, and regularly share scientific news with team members.
  • Attends and provides leadership at scientific conferences to gather and understand new scientific information relevant to the company and the external scientific community.
  • Medical insights: Actively listens for, documents, and shares medical insights. Proactively synthesize data and medical insights for MSL team and other partners.
  • Sets aside time for self-driven learnings on current scientific landscape.

Continuously support Department Operations and Internal Partners

  • Performs all administrative requirements in a timely, accurate and compliant manner (e.g., expense reports, documentation of activities).
  • Provide regional and local support to enhance sales training initiatives and improve competencies of field personnel in partnership with Sales Learning and Development.
  • Communicates and collaborates with all field-based partners, RWV&E, and others.
  • Demonstrates thorough understanding and competence in the following areas (regulatory and health care compliance guidelines; corporate policies on appropriate business conduct and ethical behavior; MAF SOPs and guidelines).


  • A Doctorate level degree or equivalent experience is required (PharmD, PhD, MD, MSN).
  • Post graduate experience is required for Doctoral level candidates, with preference for Retina/Ophthalmology clinical experience.
  • 1-3 years of previous industry experience, preferably in MSL role, is strongly preferred.
  • Scientific Acumen: In-depth scientific and/or therapeutic knowledge and experience in the Retina therapeutic area required.
  • Experience working in Retina strongly desired.
  • Some research and health care system knowledge is required.
  • Residency/fellowship preferred.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • This role will support a specific territory and will require up to 70% travel.
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