November 18th, 2022 Medical Affairs

Medical Science Liaison Neurology- Chicago, IL


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

Seeking talent near: Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Madison, WI; Detroit, MI

The MSL is responsible for supporting medical and scientific initiatives on behalf of Company selected therapeutic areas. Develops on-going professional relationships with national/regional healthcare practitioners and facilitates the education of these practitioners and their colleagues regarding current and forthcoming therapies developed and commercialized by the Company.  Ensures access to current medical and scientific information on Company products and areas of therapeutic interest to targeted key opinion leaders (KOLs), healthcare professionals (HCPs), Managed Market and Long-Term Care (LTC) partners and decision makers consistent with the objectives of A and the Medical Affairs and Development Departments.  This position is geographically based.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identifies and develops relationships with national and regional medical and scientific leaders, patient advocacy groups, and centers of excellence consistent with the strategy and objectives of Acadia’s Medical Affairs and Development Departments.
  • Engages national and regional leaders to align interests, discuss research and medical information, and participate in scientific exchange and education about current and emerging therapies
  • Provides Phase 2/ 3b / 4 research trial site support and investigator-initiated research proposal cultivation and facilitation.
  • Provides appropriate scientific, clinical and educational support and presentations for national or regional LTC and managed care accounts and organizations.
  • Develops and maintains scientific, clinical and therapeutic expertise for Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s disease Psychosis, and psychosis seen in other neurological disorders; therapies used to manage these symptoms; and pimavanserin.
  • Identifies disease concepts and compound characteristics that can be used in product differentiation.
  • Provides appropriate scientific, clinical, and educational support for internal and external clients.
  • Represents the company at specific continuing educational events, programs, medical meetings and conventions.
  • Supports commercial operations by participating in Speaker and Sales Representative Training.
  • Cross-functionally collaborates, 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 strategic insights.
  • Partners with the internal departments to ensure accurate delivery of medical and scientific information.
  • Other duties as assigned.


An advanced degree (MD, PharmD, PhD) in a scientific subject area required. An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered.  Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with a focus on central nervous system (CNS) area, including at least 3 years MSL or related experience.

Must possess:

  • Expert scientific and pharmaceutical knowledge, with an emphasis in the CNS area.
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries.
  • Knowledge of customer segments and market dynamics.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation formats.
  • Proven expertise in drug information communication.
  • Ability to assert own ideas and persuade others through effectively consolidating, evaluating, and presenting relevant information.
  • Proven 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 necessary.
  • High level of facility with computer and software capabilities, including MS Office programs (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to travel up to 50% to 75%, with a primary residence near a major airport

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.

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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.