Abbott Medical Science Advisor in Zaventem, Belgium

The Medical Science Advisor (MSA) has primary responsibility for meeting the medical information (MI) needs of internal employees and healthcare providers (HCPs) to support safe and effective use of Neuromodulation products and therapies. The Medical Science Advisor’s role is to understand and disseminate relevant scientific and clinical data through internal and external channels. They are responsible for managing Medical Affairs activities throughout all phases of the product lifecycle with an emphasis on managing the Medical Affairs Scientific Engagement Loop.

The Advisor is skilled at literature research, interpretation, synthesis and medical writing and content creation. They work closely together with a team on a range of scientific activities of varying complexity, and provide general scientific support to internal functions, including review and development of scientific materials and communications. The Medical Science Advisor is well versed on published evidence within a therapeutic area (TA) and partners with internal functions, field personnel, and physicians to leverage best available evidence to meet educational and business needs and support scientific evidence-based decision making. They are leaders in scientific and clinical dissemination and interaction with healthcare providers on a global scale. In this role, they will spend significant time in the field interacting with physicians at their offices and congress type settings.

Scientific Knowledge and Experience:

Medical Information (MI): Maintain medical/scientific knowledge in therapy area(s) science, medical specialties, diagnoses, treatments and procedures related to assigned therapy area(s). Leverage medical/scientific expertise to competently address a broad range of medical and scientific inquiries from HCPs and internal personnel. Search, critically evaluate, and synthesize published medical and scientific literature, clinical study data, or other relevant data sources to address inquiries.

Scientific Materials/Communication: Create and review scientific materials such as literature, abstracts, posters, manuscripts for publication, slides sets, and promotional materials for scientific content, off-label use considerations, and fairness. Will author or contribute to research, writing, and editing of manuscripts and development of other scientific and clinical materials. May attend and present at medical and scientific meetings. Must be able to interact with senior internal and external customers, including health care providers (HCPs) and researchers on a high level. Interpersonal skills are a high priority.

Evidence Knowledge: Acquire and maintain deep knowledge in published scientific evidence. Partner with internal functions to advance strategic use of best available evidence to support commercial product, meet business objectives, and support safe and effective use of Neuromodulation products and therapies. Educate/provide training to HCPs, Sales, and other personnel on key therapy evidence.

Product and Therapy Knowledge:

Acquire and maintain advanced knowledge of assigned products and therapies including device design and function, use in the medical setting, product labeling, indications, populations evaluated, diseases treated, mechanism of action, care pathways, safety profile, hazards, and harms. They will both educate and gather therapy and product information in the setting of these interactions.

Business Acumen:

  • Acquire and maintain advanced knowledge of relevant policies/procedures, regulations, and guidelines related to Medical Affairs activities. Recognize and report adverse events or product complaints to the post-market surveillance group in a timely manner.

  • Provide input to department strategy and understand business strategies.

  • Advanced understanding of organization, functional roles and interactions, and working across the matrix. Solid understanding of key business processes related to MA activities.

Scientific Communication and Influence:

  • Collaborate and develop trusted relationships with key functions; drive and influence evidence-based scientific decision making across the organization.

  • Advanced ability to competently interpret, synthesize, and effectively communicate scientific information to a variety of audiences.

  • Adaptable to changing priorities and work demands.

Must Have; Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a biologic science or engineering with preference towards healthcare, medical, or scientific profession (e.g., nursing, medicine, epidemiology, pharmacology, biological science or another related medical/scientific field).

  • Minimum 4 years of professional experience in life science or engineering.

  • Experience generating materials on complex medical or scientific data/information (figures, writing, presentations).

  • Proven ability to develop trusted relationships with HCPs and internal customers at various levels.

  • Ability to travel and attend congresses and meetings in a wide variety of locations.

  • Experience and comfortability with public speaking and presenting in different settings.

  • Advanced ability to understand and apply practical medical/scientific and product knowledge in a competent and consistent manner for Medical Affairs activities.

  • Advanced ability to research, interpret, and synthesize published medical/scientific literature and other scientific/technical data sources to meet information needs of intended audience.

  • Advanced knowledge of clinical trial design and evidence hierarchy.

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, and effectively influence diverse stakeholders (team members, functional partners, and HCPs).

  • Proficient computer skills with experience in Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Nice to Have

  • Masters, PhD or MD in Life Sciences, Engineering or Pharmacology, or related disciplines and 2+ years of professional experience (preferably in neuromodulation).

  • Industry experience in a Life Science companies, in Safety, Sales, Field Clinical Engineering, Medical Affairs, Drug Information, Clinical Research, Clinical Quality, Regulatory, Medical Science Liaison, or related discipline.

  • Work experience in neurological diseases (deep brain stimulation) or pain management (spinal cord stimulation).

  • Experience in Medical Device industry.

  • Strong knowledge of industry standards as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Experience writing/publishing medical manuscripts.

  • Physical capabilities to perform the job include:

  • The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, telephone, and communicate with peers and co-workers.

  • Minimum travel required – approximately 50%.

  • Recommend and lead opportunities to improve MA practices. May lead other projects as assigned in part or entirety.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email corpjat@abbott.com