Johnson & Johnson Careers

Medical Science Liaison, CNS - Western CA

Calgary, Alberta
Medical Science Liaison

Job Description

Requisition ID: 6913180712

Janssen Pharmaceutical, Companies of Johnson & Johnson is currently hiring a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) to join our Central Nervous System (CNS) team supporting Western Canada.  This is a new and exciting opportunity to support our Mood program and CNS portfolio.  Preferred locations are Calgary and Edmonton, AB with consideration for Vancouver, BC.


At Janssen, we are dedicated to addressing and solving some of the most important unmet medical needs of our time in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, metabolic and chronic diseases and women’s health. Driven by our commitment to patients, we bring innovative products, services and solutions to people throughout the world. Janssen Inc. is a member of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Please visit for more information.


Position Overview


The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) holds primary responsibility for the execution of the Medical Affairs Plan. They are the point of contact for key opinion leaders (KOLs) in a given territory and help answer their medical, scientific and research needs within specific guidelines.


Key responsibilities:

  • Disseminate, review and present clinical and scientific data in a balanced, unbiased manner to key opinion leaders and other HCP's, in group and one-on-one settings
  • Build strong relationships with HCP's and be recognized regionally as a medical and scientific authority
  • Develop scientific communication materials (slide presentations) for presentation and dissemination to HCPs through contacts, meetings and congress coverage/support
  • Ensure a regional scientific leadership strategy via credible and informed scientific dialogue with KOLs
  • Accountable for relationships with top KOLs their region (development and sustainability through clear engagement plans)
  • Lead/participate in medical and scientific forums (e.g. ad boards and CMEs) where KOLs are involved
  • Support local and global clinical development program. Critical contributor to clinical study execution: site identification, patient enrolment, and follow-up visits. Assist in the interpretation of results, post-hoc analyses, and research collaboration with investigators
  • Support investigator initiated studies (IISs) by fielding and assessing research requests, aligning investigator interests with Janssen’s research needs, and engaging investigators to insure the successful execution and satisfactory completion of studies
  • Analyze data – new and post hoc – to develop insights and contribute to publications as appropriate
  • Provide expert-level clinical consultation and support to business partners (e.g., scientific briefing of Faculty for CME events)
  • Partner and collaborate with in-house business partners to facilitate ongoing exchange of clinical information
  • Provide regional medical perspective to influence the medical affairs plan
  • Keep abreast of scientific literature/clinical data relating to the CNS therapeutic area, and translate data into applicable knowledge and communication platform
  • Support the Medical Affairs publication plan


  • Graduate degree in a Health Sciences field (Master’s Degree at a minimum); Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.D. an asset
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as an MSL in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.  May be balanced against a strong clinical and/or scientific background in mood with in-depth knowledge of the epidemiology, treatment or pathophysiology of: treatment resistant depression, major depressive disorder
  • Clinical or research experience in serious mental crisis including suicidality and psychosis/schizophrenia is an asset
  • In-depth knowledge of Psychiatry and current as well as future trends relating to the development of treatments in the area of mental health an asset
  • Significant experience with clinical/scientific programs such as Phase IV clinical studies, Investigator-initiated studies, registries, etc. and successfully managing projects from start to finish including participation with publications
  • Excellent working knowledge of epidemiology, scientific methodology and biostatistics
  • Strong knowledge of GCP, IMC code and Healthcare Compliance policies and procedures. Familiarity with working in an environment guided by SOP's
  • Strong business acumen acquired through proven cross-functional collaboration with Marketing, Health Economics & Reimbursement and other business partners (e.g., Government and Regulatory Affairs)
  • Excellent team player interested in sharing knowledge and coaching/educating colleagues and peers
  • Accomplished customer-facing professional with strong and strategic relationships with Canadian and International Psychiatry KOLs
  • Excellent analytical, project management, facilitation and negotiation skills to influence decision making
  • Highly-developed communication and presentation skills with the ability to effectively simplify and communicate complex material to a diverse array of audiences
  • Ability to travel up to 60-70%, both domestic and international, as this is a customer facing position. Overnight travel may be required as much as 1-2 times per week on average, depending upon region covered

Diversity and inclusion are central elements of the shared culture across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and communities is essential to our success. We are committed to providing a respectful, inclusive and accessible work environment where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Primary Location
Other Locations
North America-Canada-British Columbia, North America-Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver, North America-Canada-Alberta, North America-Canada-Alberta-Edmonton
Janssen Inc. (7710)
Job Function
Medical Science Liaison
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