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Associate Scientific Director (Healthcare)

Parsippany, NJ
Req ID: 5014


Position at VMLY&R

In the VMLY&R Health Practice, we create connected health experiences. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — by harnessing creativity, technology and science to reimagine the entire connected health experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to improve health outcomes and impact the world.

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

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

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)

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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