Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Senior Medical Science Liaison

WA, United States
Aug 25, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
The position will be responsible for cultivating relationships with current and future thought leaders in academic and clinical medicine as assigned. The position carries out field activities associated with bringing new Avanir products to the market. The MSL provides research results and new concepts in medical treatment to physicians and medical personnel affiliated with key institutions and facilitating the use of Avanir's medical and education services. The position will be responsible for developing creative and innovative strategies for addressing the specific needs of key external audiences. Goals will be accomplished by the development and execution of a regional business plan in concert with the Company's overall strategy.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Identify and develop relationships with key opinion leaders and advocates to increase awareness about Pseudobulbar Affect.
  • Increase company and product awareness on new advances in management of neurological diseases.
  • Facilitate opinion leader development regarding ongoing and future pivotal and investigator initiated clinical trials.
  • Disseminate medical information to regional and national key opinion leaders
  • Facilitate communication between Avanir and clinical investigators.
  • Facilitate and moderate scientific peer discussions including advisory panels, investigator meetings, and education programs.
  • Arrange or conduct educational programs.
  • Develop key opinion leaders to participate on speaker's bureaus for regional or national educational programs.
  • Attend regional and national medical conferences to enhance Avanir, Pseudobulbar Affect and Nuedexta™ product awareness.
  • Collect competitive intelligence and analyze data (symposia, abstracts, poster presentations, etc.).

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Education/ Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD or PharmD) required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in medical affairs within the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.
  • Neurology experience preferred; psychiatry or geriatric experience beneficial.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate scientific / medical of drug products to the medical community.
  • Ability to travel at least 50%; attend regional and international conferences / workshops to obtain new competitive information, keep abreast of clinical trends and support, and maintain relationships with key investigators and scientific research.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, etc.).

Physical Requirements:

This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires the ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and frequent walking. Daily use of a computer, phone, office equipment and other computing and digital devices is required. May be required to stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings or walking in the facilities. Some local travel may be necessary, so the ability to travel by plane, operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid Driver's license and/or effectively navigate public transportation is required. While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must be able to read and respond to interoffice communications as well as effectively participate in meetings. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to lift up to 20 lbs., pull, push, carry, handle or feel. The employee is required to carry, handle items, reach with arms and hands, to stoop, kneel, or crouch; talk or hear. Mental demands may require prolonged concentration, reading comprehension, understanding and interpretation of concepts, ideas and philosophies. The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden.

Work Environment:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job unless such accommodations would cause Avanir an undue burden. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving carts, mechanical equipment (copiers, computers, coffee machines) and vehicles. May be subject to smells and odors. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The passage of employees through the work area is average and normal.

EEO Statement:

As an equal opportunity employer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing all applicants and employees with equal access to employment opportunities, regardless of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, sexual orientation transgender status, gender identity, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. All Avanir Pharmaceuticals employees, officers, principles, agents, and representatives are expressly prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Avanir Pharmaceuticals will reasonably accommodate any qualified individual with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to perform the essential functions or the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.

Avanir Pharmaceuticals shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR-60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status or disability, and require affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.