Our Employment Philosophy

Because the quality of Otonomy’s employees is the key to our success, we carefully select each new employee. We are committed to developing products that will benefit people’s lives and build value for our shareholders. As a team, we value honesty and integrity, knowledge, initiative and leadership, and a commitment to quality and improvement in everything we do. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these values. We treat one another with respect and take pride in the significant contributions that come from teamwork and the diversity of our organization.  We strive for excellence and sound, responsible decision making. We know that Otonomy’s success depends on the performance of each member of our team.

When filling open positions, we will always strive to select the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, veteran or other protected status. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to Affirmative Action for Minorities, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans.

Notice to Search Firms/Third Party Recruitment Agencies (Recruiters)

Because The Human Resources team manages the recruitment process for Otonomy. To protect the interest of all parties involved, Otonomy will only accept resumes from a recruiter if an executed search agreement is in place at the start of the recruitment effort. Unsolicited resumes sent to Otonomy from recruiters do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter and Otonomy and do not obligate Otonomy to pay fees should we hire from those resumes. Recruiters are requested not to contact or present candidates directly to our hiring managers or employees.

Current Openings

Medical Affairs

Medical Science Liaison

Create a strategic advantage for Otonomy by being part of a best-in-class medical affairs Field Medical Team that has capabilities to engage all types of KOLs across the complex landscape of Payer/Academic and Community KOLs. Develop strong advocacy with these KOLs through credible scientific dialogue which contains data from RCTs, AMCP dossiers, QOL tools, Database Claims Analysis, Population Health Research, as well as Health Economic and Outcomes Research. Significant previous experience with scientific and medical aspects of market access and/or medical patient access role is required and the necessary payer skills to be part of an innovative MSL team with broad capabilities; ones that enable them to communicate many different types of data beyond RCTs, including AMCP Dossiers of value to the Payer KOL/Formulary Decision Maker.

This type of small, nimble biopharma medical team will be able to flex across the spectrum of Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and will have documented experience of success in previous patient access roles. MSL will be a field based team member that is able to flex across the spectrum of KOLs, given the evolution of their interests, scientific needs and the complex landscape which includes Payers/Academic/Community KOLs and P&T decision makers.

Location: This role is remote. The preferred location for the role is on the East Coast, Mid-West and West Coast.

Essential Functions:

  • Capability of developing medical advocacy with Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and enthusiasm for the scientific basis of Otonomy’s product portfolio.
  • Develop strong advocacy with the spectrum of KOLs through credible scientific dialogue which contains data from RCTs, AMCP Dossier, Quality of Life Tools [QOL], Database Claims Analysis, Budget Impact Models, as well as Health Economics & Outcomes Research.
  • Working with the Reimbursement and Market Access teams, help achieve patient access objectives, formulary approval and payer coverage for Otonomy’s portfolio though the use of scientific and medical information.
  • Stay abreast of medical reimbursement best practices and build relationships with key payer decision makers.
  • Highly skilled in the medical and scientific aspects of patient access, the MSL will partner with Reimbursement and Market Access teams, in a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, to create access for patients to Otonomy’s portfolio.
  • Execute on KOL engagement metrics for all types of KOLs and Quality of Care/Health Outcomes Organizations. In a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, assist with the appropriate use of Medical Advisory Boards and Medical Advocacy activities.
  • Responds to medical inquiries from the spectrum of KOLs, by providing timely, accurate, scientific data in a compliant manner.
  • Supports the Commercial team, in a compliant manner and consistent with our SOPs, with medical and scientific expertise as requested.  Provides sales force with training at national and regional levels as requested. Assists in the selection and training of appropriate healthcare professionals participating in the commercial Speaker’s Bureau.
  • Effectively and compliantly responds to requests for medical information from the spectrum of stakeholders; covering important scientific topics from clinical trials, pre-clinical data, drug safety and medical information, etc.
  • Represents Otonomy at specific continuing educational events/programs, medical meetings and conventions. Executes congress strategy and develops key insights for internal education and supporting the development of our strategic plan.
  • Supports clinical development with KOL insights and other requests clinical development may have of the MSL team.
  • May provide medical and scientific insight to Otonomy’s Business Development group and other parties on new disease opportunities that align with Otonomy’s current technology and corporate strategy, as well as new technologies.

May perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or related field with Advanced Degree required (ie. Pharm D, MD, PH.D).
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in the bio-pharmaceutical industry including:
  • Significant previous experience as an MSL in the bio-pharmaceutical industry
  • Significant previous experience and history in a full time role involving medical aspects of market access and/or medical patient access role within the biopharma industry. Prior experience in a medical patient access role with a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company (i.e. full time responsibility for payer engagement, managed care, national accounts, HE&OR, payer field team etc.]
  • Proven experience executing strategy for formulary success, payer coverage, influencing quality of care organizations and implementing operational plans.
  • Significant capabilities in capturing KOL insights across the spectrum of Payer/Academic/Community KOLs and demonstrated experience applying those insights in the development of Payer Dossiers and HE&OR.
  • Previous experience creating advocacy with Payer/Academic/Community KOLs through credible scientific dialogue that includes RCTs, Payer Dossiers, HE&OR, QOL tools, BIMs and Surveys.
  • Previous experience demonstrating success with advocacy and accountability for medical metrics
  • Excellent communication skills (public speaking, 1:1 exchanges, written communications) as well as the ability to work collaboratively with several teams in the field such as sales, market access and national accounts.
  • Must be fully cognizant of all relevant complex scientific data and complex regulatory requirements for field-based personnel. This includes understanding and remaining vigilant with compliance and current SOPs.
  • Must be committed to continuing education to maintain knowledge base.

Please use the link below to view the full job  description and apply:



Director/Sr. Director, Clinical Sciences

Responsible for planning, establishing and ensuring an integrated Clinical Development growth strategy, working in conjunction with Preclinical, Clinical Operations, Program Management, CMC, Regulatory, Medical Affairs and Commercial functions.

Designs, plan and develop the clinical trials and ensures effective implementation to advance product development.

In conjunction with the Chief Scientific Officer (“CSO”), interact with external medical/scientific advisors, thought leaders and clinical investigators, as well as with internal management and development staff to prepare/revise/maintain and efficiently execute the clinical drug development plan.

Facilitate clinical trials in conjunction with CSO and Clinical Operations by, among other activity, contributing to the design of clinical studies, contributing and coordinating the writing and updating of clinical study protocols,  reviewing clinical study data and performing analyses in conjunction with Biometrics, establishing good working relationships with investigators, providing guidance and/or training for external personnel/parties involved in Otonomy’s clinical studies, contributing to the writing of clinical study reports and facilitate, assist and/or participate in the preparation of clinical study manuscripts by Investigators, internal personnel, and/or contract writers.

Act as lead drug development plan advocate, in partnership with the CSO, with internal and external audiences. Partner with leadership to develop external advocates for Otonomy’s technology, products, and direction.

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of both clinical and commercial strategies and priorities. Maintain relevant clinical and technical expertise by, among other activity, reviewing scientific journals, attending scientific and key technical meetings and partnering with company medical, research and business teams. Proactively provide feedback on emerging clinical/competitive trends. Provide clinical education support for internal customers.

Maintain positive professional relationships with the medical community in general and especially in the otology/ENT specialties and identify emerging medical and health care practices important to the company’s business. In conjunction with Medical Affairs, develop and maintain relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in all matters critical to successful KOL support for Otonomy’s programs.

Contribute to the writing and updating of Investigator Brochures, IND annual reports, and annual reports to regulatory agencies.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Ph.D., Pharm.D., or M.D. with a minimum of 3 years clinical drug development-related experience or Masters degree in a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years clinical drug development-related experience.
  • Applicant must have hands-on clinical trial experience in industry; experience in specialty therapeutic areas is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success establishing, communicating and driving a vision and strategy for a therapeutic area/product and develop an integrated plan of action including milestones and endpoints and ensure executional excellence.
  • Proven experience setting strategy and implementing operational plans is important.
  • Excellent verbal and written medical and scientific communication skills, effective public presentation skills and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with collaborators, key opinion leaders, and colleagues, who may have different levels of technical knowledge and understanding and/or differing opinions.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain organized and to wear multiple hats in an at times ambiguous, fast-moving environment. Capable of implementing new ideas, programs and motivating colleagues to produce effective results, while working in a hands on working environment.

Interested candidates, please apply through our website at:




To Apply

Please send your resume with salary requirements to or mail to
4796 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, attention Human Resources.

Otonomy is an Equal Opportunity Employer