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Associate Scientific Director (Healthcare)

Cambridge, MA
Req ID: 9065


Position at VMLY&R Health

About Us: VMLY&R

VMLY&R Health is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected health experiences. But what does that mean? It means we're a creative agency that is built on the promise of collaboration and human connection. Creating connected brands isn't just what we do — it's what we're known for and who we are. We empower our clients to excel at the intersection of "brand" and "customer experience," starting with simple goals: Create work that becomes part of people's lives; promote value for our clients; improve health outcomes and, in the best of cases, help the world.

We're committed to building a united global network of creators and thinkers, regardless of their age, race, skin color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. With over 12,000 employees across the globe, our influence is made stronger by applying our collective experiences to tell stories that not only sell products and experiences, but also guarantee positive representations of all communities.

Our unique culture is rooted in a great deal of care for you and your success. Above all else, we are committed to strengthening your experience by ensuring your inner potential continues to be discovered.

We also offer about a dozen employee resource groups (ERGs) that allow you to tap into your personal identities, interests and passions. Our ERGs celebrate ethnic diversity, life as a working parent or caregiver, neurodiversity, the LGBTQ+ community, wellbeing, and more. Regardless of your interests, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved, so tap into our global network and find where you can make your ideas come to life.

The Associate Scientific Director is responsible for providing strategic insight and medical direction based on thorough knowledge of Client’s product and therapeutic area. In this role, you will research, write, develop, and deliver, within budget and on time, strategic and scientifically accurate materials for a variety of healthcare audiences.


  • Write and/or assist in the development of medical communications materials such as slide presentations and accompanying notes, poster presentations, new offerings developed by the company, content for internet sites, videos vignettes, other enduring materials, and meeting agendas-all consistent with AMA, specific journal, and/or client style guidelines
  • Develop referenced outlines for programs to ensure the completed materials meet clients’ objectives.
  • Provide accurate citations in text and generate bibliographies
  • Prepare annotated supporting references for each project
  • Identify permissions needed for reproducing copyrighted material. In conjunction with account coordinator and/or editor, secure permissions
  • Maintain Reference Manager database
  • Assist in the development of scientific platforms, including research and compiling all relevant data for generation of a comprehensive data gap analysis
  • Cultivate existing relationships with key opinion leaders and initiate new relationships to drive appropriate communication strategies and content
  • Meet with clients and/or other external parties, as necessary, during the development and review of educational materials
  • Collaborate with teams to ensure that materials meet clients’ strategic specifications
  • Serve as a medical expert on internal teams, and with clients
  • Oversee work of scientific associates as needed, and provide mentoring/training to new or more junior team members

Required Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment to develop and execute scientific communications and promotional initiatives for clients.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects/initiatives in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to interpret data, develop key insights and assess the impact of recommendations on client business objectives
  • Advanced degree (ie, PhD, PharmD, MD)
  • 2-4 years of experience working in healthcare communications is required
  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of time)

Our Benefits

As the world leader in communications services, we rely on the creativity of our people to deliver the best work for our clients. In return, we invest in our employees by offering them a diverse suite of benefits from best-in-class carriers, with enough choice and flexibility to keep them and their families healthy and happy today and tomorrow.

  • Corporate gift matching program
  • Paid time off for volunteering
  • Paid parental leave
  • Ranked No. 1 in advertising for our adoption assistance program
  • Corporate discounts
  • VMLY&R Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, which guides, celebrates, and promotes cultural literacy; increases employee engagement; recruits and retains a diverse workforce; and builds internal opportunities for people to learn and grow.

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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