July 22nd, 2022 Medical Affairs

Medical Science Liaison / Senior MSL - Rare Disease - Northeast


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Please be aware that Acadia has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.

Seeking Talent Near: Boston, MA; New York City, NY

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in this assigned region is responsible for supporting medical and scientific initiatives on behalf of Acadia's rare disease portfolio. Develops on-going relationships with national/regional practitioners and provides educational support on current and forthcoming therapies developed and commercialized by Acadia. Ensures access to current medical/scientific information on products and areas of therapeutic interest for rare disease key opinion leaders (KOLs), healthcare professionals (HCPs) and decision-makers. We are considering applicants at both the MSL and Senior MSL level.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Builds and develops enduring trusted partnerships, through scientific engagement and exchange with KOL's, patient advocacy groups, and centers of excellence
  • Engages proactively with KOL's to align interests, discuss research and medical information, and educate on therapies
  • Maintains clinical, scientific and technical expertise in the rare disease space including Rett Syndrome; therapies utilized to manage these diseases; and Trofinetide
  • Provides Phase 2/3b/4 research trial site support and investigator-initiated research proposal cultivation and facilitation
  • Provides scientific, clinical and educational support and presentations for national/regional LTC and managed care accounts and organizations
  • Identifies disease concepts and compound characteristics that can be leveraged into product differentiation
  • Represents the company at educational events, programs, medical meetings and conventions
  • Supports the Commercial Operations team by participating in Speaker and Sales Representative Training
  • Partners with departments internally to ensure accurate delivery of medical/scientific information
  • Works cross-functionally while following all compliance guidelines with regional field leadership partners, including LTC-MSLs, Managed Market and Health Outcome Liaisons, market development managers (MDMs), regional field managers (RSMs) and Account Managers (AMs)
  • Provides field with strategic insights
  • Other duties as assigned


  • An advanced degree in a scientific field (MD, PharmD, PhD) is required. An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on CNS
  • 3 years+ of experience as a MSL or related experience, preferably in rare diseases, epilepsy, pediatric neurology and/or Rett Syndrome
  • Expert scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge, with an emphasis rare diseases
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries
  • Knowledge of customer segments and market dynamics
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with internal teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including presentation and facilitation formats
  • Proven expertise in drug information communication
  • Ability to assert ideas and persuade others through effectively consolidating, evaluating, and presenting information
  • Demonstrated skill at promoting team cooperation and a dedication to team success
  • Adept at seeing change as an opportunity to improve business performance and campaigning for it when vital
  • Ability to travel up to 50% to 75% with a primary residence near an airport
  • Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy and in order to meet any independent vaccination requirements that third-parties such as conferences and clients may have.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.   Ability to travel by car or airplane independently up to 75% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues. Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy and in order to meet any independent vaccination requirements that our clients and client facilities may have.

What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

It is the policy of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to considerations of race, including related to hairstyle, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, country of origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, legally-protected medical condition or information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran or military status (including reserve status, National Guard status, and military service or obligation), status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, or any basis protected under federal, state or local law.

As an equal opportunity employer, Acadia is committed to a diverse workforce. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, you may request additional support if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Acadia’s career website due to your disability, along with any accommodations throughout the interview process. To request or inquire about your reasonable accommodation, please complete our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or contact us at [email protected] or 858-261-2923.

Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.