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Senior Medical Science Liaison/Medical Science Liaison - New England

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals
Start date
May 13, 2024

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Clinical, Medical Affairs
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

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Our Mission: Changing the trajectory of autoimmune diseases.

Our Vision: Enabling patients to live their fullest life.

We are a dedicated team of experts committed to changing the trajectory of autoimmune diseases with unmet medical needs. We are relentless in our pursuit to provide transformative medical treatments. We are resilient. We Care.

Along with driving adoption of our approved therapy, LUPKYNIS™, for appropriate people with lupus nephritis, we are pursuing a broader portfolio of innovative autoimmune disease therapies.

We provide high quality products to our patients, that are safe and effective. Each of us at Aurinia own Quality, and we proactively integrate Quality into everything that we do. Exceptional quality and regulatory compliance are essential to our business, and “We Care” so that patients can take our drugs with confidence.

Our strategy leverages the skills and knowledge of our expert team and our deep experience in principled drug development and commercialization. Aurinia’s working environment enables every individual to thrive in a professional atmosphere guided by our Culture Values:

  • Achieve together
  • Collaborate
  • Explore & build
  • Act responsibly

Together, we drive to change the trajectory of autoimmune disease for patients in need.

The Medical Science Liaison is responsible for being the scientific expert in the disease state, therapeutic landscape, and the clinical and scientific data for all products within the Aurinia portfolio and pipeline. MSLs will be responsible for providing accurate and reliable information to external experts within the territory and internal cross-functional colleagues, as appropriate. This field-based position will proactively build relationships within the healthcare community by using a credible, scientific approach that is aligned with the Medical Affairs objectives. The MSL position is an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the US Field Medical Affairs team and to be an important member of the overall Medical Affairs organization.


  • Responsible for initiating, building and maintaining relationships with Key Lupus Centers (KLC) according to corporate priorities, and execute the engagement plan with KLC according to the Medical Plan.
  • Responsible for initiating, building and maintaining relationships with US rheumatologists and nephrologists within assigned geographic region as well as academic centers, regional medical associations, national medical associations, key opinion leaders, community physicians, other Health Care Professionals (HCPs).
  • Maintain expert-level, relevant, up-to-date knowledge of Aurinia products and pipeline, therapeutic landscape, clinical practice trends, guidelines, clinical trials, and scientific activities within areas of interest.
  • Provide meaningful scientific exchange with KOLs to ensure understanding of the science and the clinical data associated with company products, as well as generate meaningful insights to shape the Medical Affairs strategic direction.
  • Attend and report on national, regional, and local US rheumatology and nephrology conferences, including staffing Medical Affairs booths as appropriate.
  • Provide field-based medical and scientific support to answer unsolicited questions about products and related therapeutic areas according to company policy.
  • Serve as a local medical and scientific resource for the medical community in therapeutic areas of interest.
  • Develop and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the company, its products, current clinical and scientific research, and publications in therapeutic areas of interest.
  • Provide medical and scientific support for medical education initiatives (e.g., speaker training).
  • Provide guidance regarding appropriate speakers for national/international congresses, advisory board meetings and workshops to expand and enhance legitimate scientific exchange.
  • Deliver high quality educational presentations in a variety of settings (e.g., formulary committees, medical meetings, and allied healthcare professionals’ meetings) and obtain feedback that can be disseminated throughout the organization.
  • Provide field- and corporate-based medical affairs support for Aurinia’s various clinical research programs (both company-sponsored and investigator-initiated).
  • Identify and lead opportunities for evidence generation according to the priorities described on the medical plan.
  • Professionally represent the company at select medical meetings and programs.
  • Use appropriate, ethical judgment in the distribution of all information.
  • Serve as a local medical and scientific resource for internal stakeholders.
  • Provide medical and scientific training support to internal colleagues upon request.
  • Provide medical support for certain internal strategic initiatives, such as advisory meetings.
  • Complete accurate and timely administrative reports, projects, and other required documentation.
  • Serve as liaison between clinical investigators and internal stakeholders in support of research.
  • Provide support for other medical affairs-related initiatives and projects as assigned by Medical Affairs leadership.
  • Gather and build insights from HCPs, patient associations, advocacy groups and other organizations in the assigned region to improve the utilization of Aurinia products in the benefit and wellbeing of patients and their families.
  • Support development of KOL advocacy through provision of scientific and clinical information.
  • Participate in Aurinia’s MSL education programs.
  • Achieve Aurinia’s MSL accreditation.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.


  • Advanced scientific degree (e.g., MD/DO, PhD, PharmD, CNP, PA, RN) or equivalent required. 
  • At least 3+ years of recent MSL experience in current geography. 
  • Experience in Medical Affairs unrelated to being an MSL (e.g., medical planning, publications, lifecycle management, etc.).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to work independently and coordinate workload, under pressure and in a team environment to meet established deadlines.
  • Clinical experience within nephrology, rheumatology, autoimmune diseases, or immunology preferred.
  • An established track record of effective and influential oral presentations and discussions to/with healthcare professionals.
  • Strong scientific baseline knowledge in research, clinical trial methods, implementation, and interpretation; possesses sound scientific and clinical judgment. Excellent speaker skills, skilled to communicate complex scientific information effectively, and strong ability to listen aiming to identify needs.
  • History of clinical practice (e.g., medical practice, hospital pharmacist, NP practice, etc.).
  • Strong compliance knowledge and adherence to corporate compliance in all activities, including those related to clinical trials, scientific presentations, and responses to unsolicited requests for information.
  • Strong customer-facing skills, listening skills, probing skills, and flexibility.
  • Must live within the region, within one hour of a major airport, and be able to travel overnight 60-80% as business requires.
  • Must have a current and valid driver’s license.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of pharmaceutical industry practices, as well as standard medical practices in therapeutic area(s) of concentration and broad therapeutic competency.
  • Keeps current with new information and trends in the field.
  • Demonstrates professional communications (written, verbal, presentation, and listening) to cultivate
    and nurture strong working relationships with internal and external colleagues.
  • Comprehends company products as well as medical, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, and compliance.
  • Must have the ability to work independently within a home office while efficiently managing time and
  • Conducts oneself in a highly professional and ethical manner.
  • Deals with ambiguity and thrives in an ever-changing environment.
  • Experienced working in matrix organizations, with readiness to take on work beyond the initial scope of the role.

Additional Information
All candidate information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


Company info
7298 Upper Clarenton Drive South
New Albany

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