Oncology Clinical Director (Early Stage Clinical Development)

Rahway, NJ
Sep 06, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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. 

The Director reports to a Senior or Executive Director in the Oncology Clinical Research Group. 

Under the guidance of a supervisor, the Director has primary responsibility for the planning and directing of clinical research activities involving new or marketed Oncology medicines. Merck's Oncology medicines span all phases of clinical development (pre-clinical to post-licensure). The Director will manage the entire cycle of clinical development, including: study design, placement, monitoring, analysis, regulatory reporting, and publication. 

Specifically, the Director may be responsible for: 

  • Evaluating pre-clinical and translational work for the purpose of generating early clinical development plan and Investigational New Drug applications; 
  • Developing of clinical development strategies for investigational or marketed Oncology drugs; 
  • Planning clinical trials (design, operational plans, settings) based on these clinical development strategies; 
  • Monitoring and managing the conduct of ongoing or new clinical trials for investigational or marketed Oncology drugs; 
  • Analyzing and summarizing the clinical findings from studies to support decisions regarding safety and efficacy as well as new drug applications, clinical study reports, or publication; and participation in internal and joint internal/external research project teams relevant to the development of new  compounds, and the further study of marketed compounds. 

In executing these duties, the Director may:  

  • Supervise the activities of Clinical Scientists in the execution of clinical studies; 
  • Work closely with a cross-functional group of experts in commercialization, regulatory affairs, statistics, and manufacturing to manage clinical development projects; and 
  • Assist the Senior/Executive Director in ensuring that appropriate Corporate personnel are informed of the progress of studies of Merck's and 
  • Competitors' drugs and internal and external expert opinion on scientific questions relevant to his/her areas of responsibility. 

The Director is responsible for maintaining a strong scientific fund of knowledge by: 

  • Maintaining awareness of scientific developments within his/her area of expertise, in terms of new scientific findings, research methodologies; 
  • Identification of scientifically and operationally strong investigators who can assist in the development of Merck's investigational and marketed drugs; 
  • Establishing communications with prominent clinical investigators in his/her particular field of interest, particularly those who will be willing and able to assist in the evaluation of Merck drugs; 
  • Attend appropriate scientific meetings to maintain his or her competency and to maintain awareness of research activities in his/her area of responsibility. 

To accomplish these goals, the Director may:

  • Author detailed development documents, presentations, budgets, and position papers for internal and external audiences; 
  • Facilitating collaborations with external researchers around the world
  • Travel on company business about twenty (20) percent of the time to manage future or ongoing clinical research projects. 


  • M.D or M.D./Ph.D 


  • Board Certified or Eligible in Oncology (and/or Hematology) 
  • Must have experience in industry or academia
  • Demonstrated record of scientific scholarship and achievement;
  • A proven track record in clinical medicine and background in biomedical research is essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to function in a team environment are essential. 


  • Prior specific experience in clinical research and prior publication is desirable but not necessary 

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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