Medical Science Liaison/Senior Medical Science Liaison Oncology (IL/IN)

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

Purpose and Scope:

  • Identify and evaluate Key External Experts (KEEs) and future medical stakeholders aligned with the medical strategy and be the trusted advisor for scientific exchange throughout the product life cycle.

  • Trusted advisor for scientific exchange to Key External Experts (KEEs) and stakeholders throughout the product life cycle.

  • Responsible for gathering data from the field that generates medical insights.

  • Deliver medical/scientific learning solutions to internal stakeholders.

  • Collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders, within and outside of MA

  • Execute and support development of the tactical field plans for engagement with the medical/scientific community for a product.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Field Medical Leadership

  • Support Director MSL Team Lead in deployment of tactical field plans for engagement with the medical/scientific community and management of overall Astellas business objectives.

  • Serve as a coach, mentor, and a role-model for MSLs.

Scientific and Interaction Expertise

  • Engage in scientific exchange in which knowledge about product(s), disease(s) and therapeutic areas is shared to ensure safe and effective use of Astellas products.

  • Engage in discussions regarding evolving trends in disease state management, trends in therapy.

  • Engage external stakeholders in one-on-one interactions and group settings, demonstrating an excellent scientific and clinical knowledge as well as an understanding of stakeholder needs.

  • Maintain medical and scientific knowledge and staying current to enable peer-to-peer scientific exchange.

  • Demonstrates high level of proficiency in interpersonal skills to engage effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Expert on local health care environment and health care dynamics.

  • Support Medical Education activities.

  • Actively seek future stakeholders (KEEs, Nurses, Pharmacists etc.) in alignment with local health care system.

  • Support evidence generation activities in order to identify and address data gaps within the medical strategy

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Number of expected external medical stakeholders covered: 30-60

Organizational Context:

Reports to (dependent on structure and size of affiliate and field organization):

  • Associate Director MSL Team Lead or,

  • Director MSL Team Lead

Collaborate within M&D:

  • Other MA Functions

Collaborate with divisions outside of M&D:

  • AIA

  • Commercial Operations

  • Market Access and Pricing

Qualifications Required

  • Educational Background: Master’s Degree in Health-Related Sciences

  • Years of Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years in scientific/medical experience in research-based pharmaceutical industry with minimum 2-3 years of experience working in Medical Affairs.

  • Key competencies:

  • Scientific exchange excellence

  • Medical insight generation

  • Interpersonal relationships

  • Learning agility

  • Business-fluent English

Qualifications Preferred

Educational Background: MD, PhD, PharmD


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Medical Affairs - USA

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans