SALAR Therapeutic Area Leader:

West Point Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: PRE000640

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. 


Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • This role serves as a Therapeutic Area Leader in Safety Assessment and Laboratory Animal Resources (SALAR) within specified therapeutic area(s) of interest to Merck to oversee progression of programs through development. This role will initially include responsibilities in the Cardio-Renal and Metabolic Therapeutic Area.
  • This Individual Contributor role has scientific and strategic oversight for all development candidates within given Therapeutic Area(s) through close collaboration with Program Coordinators and Compound Leaders (program team representatives) from various functional areas within SALAR.
  • This role necessitates mentoring and development of Compound Leaders in drug development and includes oversight of development strategy, successful issue identification and resolution, and solid submission components including clear and concise descriptions of experimental details and interpretation and a robust risk assessment for IBs, INDs, NDAs, MAAs, regulatory responses and other legal/scientific documents to support clinical trials and registration.
  • The incumbent will also interface closely with Discovery Program Leaders in SALAR, providing scientific and strategic input on discovery projects within their Therapeutic Area(s).
  • This individual will contribute to global regulatory strategy through scientific publication and/or participation on external consortia and collaborations and will proactively initiate and lead internal cross-departmental initiatives to improve policies, procedures, and/or strategic direction to ensure Merck is a leader in drug development.
  • The incumbent may also serve as a Compound Leader for his/her own development compound(s), and may be responsible for overseeing and/or conducting SALAR due diligence reviews for in-licensing compounds within their Therapeutic Area.


  • Required: PhD, DVM, and/or MD degree with graduate and/or post-graduate work and/or residency training in Toxicology, Pharmacology, Pathology, or a related field.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum experience of 12 years in Toxicology, Pharmacology, Pathology or related field with either extensive pharmaceutical Program Team experience and demonstrated expertise in drug development and/or extensive regulatory experience with a Health Authority in a related field
  • Previous experience supervising and/or mentoring program team representatives
  • Demonstrated experience in drug development from discovery through post-marketing
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work effectively in matrixed environment; ability to collaboratively influence strategic direction; leadership style creates a culture of empowerment and accountability
  • Efficient organizational skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous experience in cardio, renal and metabolic drug development as either a program team representative and/or scientific oversight for this Therapeutic Area
  • Well-recognized in area of expertise; significantly contributed to global regulatory strategy through scientific publication and/or participation on external consortia/collaborations
  • Previous experience on product development team(s)

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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