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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Outcomes Research - Vaccines

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Under the guidance of an Executive Director, within the Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE), the incumbent has the following responsibilities:

  • development of the integrated evidence strategy to support Health Technology Assessment (HTA)/ reimbursement/ National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAG) evaluations,

  • development of overall Real World evidence strategies, for one or more in-line and/or developmental vaccines on a worldwide basis,

  • development and implementation of Outcomes Research (OR) and Real World evidence programs to meet the value evidence needs of payers, advisory committees health systems, and clinicians,

  • development and execution of strategy and plans for immunization implementation research to inform resilient vaccination effort.

The incumbent can generate these plans based on direct interactions with HTA agencies, HTA/reimbursement experts, immunization implementation experts, and country affiliates to obtain in-depth understanding of country specific needs for the vaccine and gain input on research design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes, epidemiological studies and economic modeling.

The Director (Principal Scientist) also works closely with Product Development Teams, Franchise Teams, Regional Product Directors, country affiliates, Public Policy, Medical and Scientific Affairs, and Medical Education to ensure value evidence programs are consistent with strategies in key countries. Represents CORE on one or more Value and Evidence Sub-teams (VEST) and provide leadership in developing the outcomes research strategies and plans obtains cross-divisional senior management approval.

Key activities include, but not limited to:

  • Critically assesses drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access and identifies value evidence needs to provide strategic input into clinical development programs. Brings strong payer and HTA/reimbursement focus into the Product Development Team(s).

  • Develops and evaluates health programs leveraging different parts of health care systems that can enhance value and use of our vaccines.

  • Implements programs to document the burden and cost of diseases, unmet medical need, patient reported outcomes (PRO) and the value of drug therapy as outlined in the value evidence planning process and generates data on a worldwide basis to support pricing and reimbursement.

  • Develops value evidence deliverables (e.g., global value dossier, health economic evaluations) and their adaptation to generate country-specific data supporting pricing and reimbursement.

  • Assesses drivers and barriers of immunization implementation and identify gaps and interventions to inform program implementation.

  • Leads writing, coordination, and validation as required, study designs, protocols, measurement questionnaires, case report forms, data analysis plans, and final reports/publications.

  • Responsible for maintaining awareness of scientific developments within his/her areas of expertise, both in terms of new methodology and new activities to establish communications with key outcomes research opinion leaders.

  • Builds relationships with experts in health economics, outcomes research, health services research, and implementation science research worldwide.

Other activities:

  • Provide scientific oversight and mentorship to more junior members of the team.

  • Present research plans and results to internal review and governance committees; to external experts and agencies (e.g. Public Health England) and at scientific conferences.

  • Maintain recognition as an expert in his/her field; publish independent scientific research in major journals, participate in and present at scientific meetings and conferences, and serve as a peer reviewer for scientific journals.

Competencies and skills:

  • In-depth understanding of HTA/reimbursement and market access needs in key global markets

  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in implementation science and research related to immunization and disease prevention;

  • 5+ years post PhD or 7+ years post Masters degree of relevant experience in the areas of health economics, outcomes research, market access, HTA, implementation science, or related field.

  • Demonstrated expertise in the design and implementation of epidemiological or health economic studies

  • Demonstrated expertise in the fields of outcomes research, health services research, implementation science, epidemiology or health economics, and/or health technology assessment.

  • A track record of scientific presentations and publications.

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

  • Willing to travel (up to 10% of the time)

  • Fluent spoken and written English

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. 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.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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