Principal Scientist, Epidemiology

Merck & Co., Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Under the general direction of an Executive Director, Epidemiology, the Principal Scientist, Epidemiology, has responsibility for the design, placement, conduct, analysis, and reporting of pharmacoepidemiologic research studies on assigned company products in Oncology therapy area and for providing consultation on epidemiologic issues to all areas of the company, as needed.

Primary activities include but are not limited to:

  • May have overall responsibility for or assist in worldwide pharmacoepidemiologic planning and study recommendations for assigned our company's products in Oncology therapy area.

  • Has lead responsibility or support responsibility for interaction with risk management subteams, value evidence subteams, clinical/regulatory subteams, and other areas of our Research Division on epidemiologic matters related to product safety,risk management, post-marketing safety studies, post-authorization effectiveness studies, regulatory activities, endpoint qualification/standardization/training for clinical trials, and biomarkers/molecular epidemiology/genetic epidemiology.

  • Has responsibility for the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic research studies on assigned company products in Oncology therapy area.

  • May present epidemiologic research plans or results to internal review and governance committees; to external agencies such as FDA (including advisory committees), EMA, CDC, AHRQ, and WHO; and at scientific conferences.

  • Maintains close working relationships with colleagues in Clinical Research, Regulatory, Outcomes Research, Health Economics and Commercial. Assists them in areas where knowledge of epidemiology is relevant.

  • Contributes to our company's prestige by maintaining recognition as an expert in his/her field; may publish independent scientific research in leading journals, participate in and present at scientific organizations and meetings, and serve as a peer reviewer for scientific journals.

  • May hold academic appointments, teach graduate courses, and supervise Ph.D. dissertations and postdoctoral fellows.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: PhD, or MD with additional research training in epidemiology, and at least 5 years of relevant work experience OR Master's degree in epidemiology with at least 7 years of relevant work experience
Required Experience and Skills:
  • Relevant experience/training in epidemiology or closely related fields

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in epidemiology

  • Extensive experience in successful direction of large epidemiologic projects

  • Broad knowledge and experience in the application of epidemiologic approaches to problems in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry

  • Record of substantial research publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Creative problem solving ability and excellent communication skills (oral and written)

  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment and to collaborate with colleagues with wide variety of background and expertise.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Previous experience in oncology and/or biomarkers/molecular epidemiology/genetic epidemiology areas is preferred

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as "Merck" in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as "MSD" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world's biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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