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Merck Director, Outcomes Research in Boston, Massachusetts

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Director, Real-world Data Analytics and Innovation


Our company located in Kenilworth, NJ, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where our company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our company's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research Division is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take our company's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

Job Summary

Who you are:

You are a seasoned data scientist and innovator with interest and experience in Real-World Evidence (RWE) generation through advanced analytics and innovative approaches. You have a strong desire to influence internal and external decision making through the application of innovative data science and technology.

Where you fit in:

You will collaborate with and support a diverse set of scientists in the Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence (CORE) to deliver analytics expertise for outcomes studies, develop advanced, strategic real-world data capabilities and support market access, reimbursement and other business imperatives. You will lead the design and implementation of the company's Real-world data quality initiatives in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. You will help identify business and scientific opportunities as you broaden the scope of collaboration with other functions in the Research Division and Human Health. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with IT professionals as you seek to turn meaningful findings into solutions that may be used in care management and clinical decision support. You will do this in a vibrant research environment, with a strong innovative culture and at a national center of the health informatics as an analytics lead in the real-world data analytics and innovation (RDAI) group. You will have access to a wealth of resources and growth opportunities that a large pharmaceutical company can offer.


  • Partner with Value Evidence Leads and cross-functional stakeholders to pro-actively inform the Value Evidence strategy for our company products from a data science and analytics perspective.

  • Guide the development of real-world data, analytics and platform capabilities, applying cutting-edge advanced analytics methodologies and tools to address scientific questions related to health economics, resource utilization and clinical outcomes.

  • Lead the delivery of data analytics in support of value evidence strategy in close collaboration with RDAI study leads, stats programming team and other experts on value evidence teams.

  • Propose, design and oversee the conduct of outcomes research studies from a data science and analytics perspective.

  • Ensure high quality, rigorous and readily interpretable deliverables are generated from RWE studies/analyses.

  • Design self-service analytics tools to enhance efficiencies and expand the use of RWD across the product life-cycle.

  • Effectively communicate novel findings and methodological approaches to internal and external stakeholders

  • Support ongoing improvements to methods and algorithms that have significant impact on business


Education Requirement:

  • Training in data science, biomedical informatics, health informatics, clinical informatics, epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics and outcomes research, or a related field required; PhD preferred, or a Master degree with at least 6 years relevant work experience is required.

Required Experience and Skills:**

  • Six or more years of relevant quantitative and qualitative research and analytics experience

  • Broad understanding and application of advanced statistical and predictive modeling for RWE generation

  • Broad understanding and application of machine learning algorithms (supervised, unsupervised learning, deep neural network, transfer learning) in biomedical research and/or healthcare settings

  • Demonstrated customer focus and excellent matrix, interpersonal and influencing skills

  • Healthcare or pharmaceutical industry experience with well-developed business acumen

  • Experience in healthcare administrative data, electronic health records, and disease/patient registries

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with the whole life cycle of rea-world evidence and outcomes studies (planning, generation, and dissemination)

  • Exposure with payer analytics and/or HTA methodologies for value-based contracting

  • Experience with Big Data technology (such as AWS Redshift)

  • Exposure/familiarity with cognitive computing/artificial intelligence

  • Exposure/familiarity in Natural Language Process (NLP) and social media data mining

Your role at our company is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At our company, we’re inventing for life.

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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Requisition ID: R59386