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Lilly Medical Science Liaison - Neurodegeneration/Pain - Upper Midwest (MI, MN, WI, IA, NE) in Detroit, Michigan

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

We are looking for an individual with significant expertise in Alzheimer’s Disease or Pain/Headache, passionate about science and healthcare, to join our highly credible established Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team.


Maintain and effectively communicate deep scientific knowledge. MSLs are required to engage in continuous learning to maintain the highest level of technical expertise within the therapeutic area they represent. This enables the MSL to answer deep scientific questions and be sought after by their customers based on peer-credible knowledge and expertise. As a result, the MSL will establish themself as a reliable, trusted resource of unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date medical and scientific knowledge requested by their customers.

Excel at customer engagement and support medical/scientific information needs of Scientific Experts. MSLs spend the majority of their time field-based and customer-facing, engaging in mutually beneficial two-way dialogue with SEs. Through the application of emotional intelligence and a deep understanding of their customers, MSLs act as one of the primary interfaces between Lilly medical and Scientific Experts to deliver best-in-class customer experiences. Core to the role is the ability to answer customer questions by providing deep and advanced disease state and product information. Additionally, MSLs connect Scientific Experts with other Lilly resources or internal business partners as appropriate and identify possible collaborative opportunities for research or external collaboration.

Demonstrate strategic vision and leadership. MSLs synthesize complex data and effectively communicate meaningful clinical insights and unanswered customer questions from Scientific Experts to Lilly medical and cross-functional teams. They use creative problem-solving skills and internal resources effectively to execute solutions. MSLs use a principle-based approach to make decisions independently or escalate them appropriately. They cultivate internal networks and collaborate effectively across functions with an active contribution to medical planning and strategy.

Execute exceptional territory ownership. MSLs are expected to demonstrate strategic analysis, planning, and prioritization to maximize efficiency. They will implement and evaluate a strategic territory plan that prioritizes core ML activity and will take personal accountability for results.

The MSL will execute the role in a compliant manner, adhering to all internal and external governing requirements, procedures, and laws, demonstrating good judgment at all times.

Minimum Requirements:

  • An advanced degree in health sciences (PharmD, MD, or PhD in a medically-related field) is required with at least 2-3 years of relevant clinical or therapeutic area experience desired. A Master’s or Bachelor’s level degree in health sciences (e.g. BSN, RPh, PA, or NP) will be considered with 5 or more years if clinical, research, or industry (medical/scientific role) experience in a relevant therapeutic area.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Neurology therapeutic area experience in Alzheimer’s disease or chronic pain/headache is strongly preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with direct patient experience in the above therapeutic areas, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, including high emotional intelligence and the ability to engage in professional relationship building and networking.

  • Experience in fulfilling customer needs for complex information.

  • Significant experience in professional networking with mutually beneficial outcomes.

  • Experience in field-based working environment highly valued.

  • Proficiency and experience in virtual engagement methods (e.g., Microsoft Teams, web/phone meetings).

  • Familiarity with health systems, academic communities, medical research, and medical education process highly valued.

  • Intellectual curiosity about the field of science/medicine for which they are responsible.

  • Learning agility to comprehend and effectively communicate large amounts of complex scientific content in a clear and concise fashion.

  • Self-directed and able to work alone in the field, effectively managing multiple priorities and projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with demanding or difficult clients.

  • Advanced presentation and computer skills with expertise in literature identification.

  • Effective strategic and critical thinking to analyze, assess and evaluate information and interpret impact or relevance to future states.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Resiliency in managing complex challenges.

Additional Information:

  • Position requires ability to travel up to 80% and work up to 4 to 6 weekends a year.

  • Applicants must live near a transport hub (airport/train station).

  • Ideal locations include Detroit, Minneapolis, Madison

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!