Skip to main content
Search roles

Medical Science Liaison (MSL) – Oncology

Location Kfar Saba, Central District, Israel Job ID R-120659 Date posted 29/09/2021

AstraZeneca is pushing the boundaries of science in order to deliver live-saving breakthrough medicines that will improve patients’ lives. In that endeavour, Medical Affairs is a key strategic partner in shaping the optimal performance of the AstraZeneca brands.

The Medical Science Liaison is responsible for building scientific partnerships with Key External Experts (KEE) and other healthcare professionals through providing high quality up-to-date scientific and medical information to customers. The function is based in the field. (The role will work in strong collaboration with the medical manager(line-manager) of the therapeutic area (TA) who is office-based. These outputs are guaranteed through continuously building robust scientific and medical expertise on the therapeutic area, AstraZeneca products and its competitors in combination with a business acumen attitude and strong communication skills. The MSL is a core member of the brand team and takes part in delivering strategic and educational medical affairs projects

The MSL role typically interacts with a target list of expert customers of between 40-50 people in which the role will develop strong strategic partnerships driven by the science and the TA strategy. During these interactions that are non-promotional in nature and driven by a clear (customer) objective, a lot of customer insights are gained that need to flow back to the brand teams. Within this broad task, the MSL will:

Conduct scientific exchange and collect customer insights:

  • Stay up-to-date in TA knowledge through active monitoring of the scientific literature, congress attendance and frequent interactions with Key External Experts (KEE)
  •  Discuss key data sets with experts in F2F contacts or group meetings in order to identify patient pathways, treatment realities in areas of medical need as guided by the TA strategy
  •  Build relationships with experts for advocacy development guided by the TA strategy
  •  Brief speakers for scientific events
  •  Respond to unsolicited requests for information about unapproved AstraZeneca products or unapproved uses of approved products
  • Respond to medical queries via medical information platform
  • Document customer and visit information in a customer relationship management tool
  •  Respond to unsolicited requests for information about unapproved AstraZeneca products or unapproved uses of approved products
  • Respond to medical queries via medical information platform
  • Continuously improve or optimize impactful communication skills through received coaching by line-manager or other coaches in joint visits
  • Interact with other MSLs from other countries or other TAs in order to exchange best practice and further shape the role
  • Attend international and national scientific and medical congresses in the TA

Cross-functional scientific exchange and communication with internal stakeholders

The MSL role is also very active in enabling other functions through internal education and support based on their knowledge from the customers and the TA.

  • Share customer insights with internal stakeholders (brand team, sales reps)
  • Gain profound territory knowledge (eg. by getting input from the sales representatives).
  • Educate sales representatives by providing in-depth information on disease and therapies when required
  • Support Clinical operations in site selection

Gain input from and co-create projects with KEE

The MSL role typically organizes and leads meetings with KEE in order to gain their input on well-defined

  • data sets or projects to advance the TA strategy. They will recruit participants to these meetings from their target list. Within this broad task, the MSL will:
  • Develop relationships with KEE and know their interests (customer profiling)
  • Conduct and moderate the meetings
  • Have a sound knowledge of the TA strategy (business acumen)
  • Liaise with the brand team to prepare and report back

Manage scientific partnerships with KEE

  • Manage Externally Sponsored Research
  • Follow-up of grants/chairs/scientific sponsorings with Key External Experts

Deliver Key medical input into the brand strategy:

  • Works in a collaboration with the Marketing and Market Access Departments under the leadership of the medical manager
  • Core member of the x-functional brand team
  • High quality scientific and medical input into the Brand Teams
  • Thorough understanding of the promotional standards code (company and local)
  • Execute medical affairs projects (eg. build evidence) of the brand plan according to budget and timelines

Be compliant

  • Successfully complete all training requirements
  • Comply with all external regulations & internal policies
  • Full understanding of AZ MSL guide, external interactions policy standards


Medical or Pharmacist Degree or scientific degree with PhD

• Significant and robust experience with searching, handling, assimilating, synthesizing, reporting and presenting scientific data in the health care sector

• National mobility and flexibility (organisation and attendance of evening meetings)

• Excellent relational and communication skills.

• Takes initiative and proactive were needed while conscious of compliance and process rules in the company.

Presentation skills

• Knowledge of therapeutic area or the ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly. Broad employability in other TAs is an asset.

• Medical integrity and ethical balance

• Fluent knowledge of Hebrew and English (verbal and written)


• Experience in and knowledge of pharmaceutical medical and marketing processes

• Experience in moderation of meetings with HCPs

• Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams

Business Acumen

• Proven Project management skills

Where can I find out more?

Please visit us at:

Our Social Media, Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn

Follow AstraZeneca on Facebook

Follow AstraZeneca on Instagram

Next Steps – Apply today!
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please fill free to share this posting with them.

If you would like to be notified about future job opportunities, you can set up a job alert!  Sign up on our Careers site and Manage your job alerts.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

10000222 E MAML BioPharmaceuticals

We’ll keep you up to date

Sign up to be the first to receive job updates.

Interested InSearch for a category and select one from the list of suggestions. Search for a location and select one from the list of suggestions. Finally, click “Add” to create your job alert.

Glassdoor logo Rated four stars on Glassdoor

Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.