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Medical Science Liaison

Location New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Job ID R-059740 Date posted 08/27/2019

This is a field based position. Territory is Southeast - LA, MS, TN, AL

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.

As a Thoracic Medical Science Liaison/Sr. MSL, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020.  A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas – breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers.  As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms – immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Thoracic Medical Science Liaison/Sr. MSL is a field-based professional with scientific, clinical and therapeutic area expertise responsible for providing medical and scientific support for AstraZeneca's oncology marketed products (Tagrisso and Imfinzi), new indications for current products, and compounds in development. The Thoracic Medical Science Liaison/Sr. MSL engages in scientific exchange with targeted Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), Key Decision Makers (KDMs), and Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) consistent with Medical Affairs and Therapeutic Brand Teams’ objectives.

The Thoracic Medical Science Liaison/Sr. MSL will identify and engage key customers with scientific expertise and business knowledge of AstraZeneca marketed products and compounds in development.  This includes developing peer-level relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), Key Decision Makers (KDMs) and researchers consistent with Scientific and Medical Affairs strategy and objectives along with identifying pre-clinical, clinical and post-marketing study investigators in alignment with the goals of Clinical Development activities and Therapeutic Brand Teams initiatives.

As a Thoracic Medical Science Liaison/Sr. MSL you will provide actionable information that enhances the value and appropriate use of AstraZeneca’s products to internal stakeholders; respond to customer inquiries to ensure focused and balanced clinical and scientific information that supports the appropriate use of AstraZeneca’s products and services and deliver appropriate clinical and scientific information that clinically differentiates AstraZeneca’s products.

Additional accountabilities include adhering to internal standard processes and complying with regulatory and compliance requirements along with sustaining expertise in disease state management, emerging therapies and the competitive landscape.

Essential Requirements

  • Advanced degree in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing or equivalent
  • 2+ years of experience in healthcare or pharmaceutical industry, scientific marketing or clinical development
  • Knowledge of oncology customer segments and market dynamics
  • Demonstrated expertise in discussing scientific content and context to multiple audiences
  • Experience with clinical research
  • Excellent project management ability
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Thorough knowledge of regulatory environment
  • Strong leadership capabilities
  • Ability to travel (40-60%)

Desirable Requirements

  • Doctorate in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing or equivalent
  • Familiarity with the drug discovery and drug development process
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in Oncology (academia, pharmaceutical, or other)
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience in immuno-oncology, EGFR and Lung cancer


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.

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