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Merck & Co, Inc

Director (Principal Scientist) - Outcomes Research - Oncology - Head & Neck Cancer

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

This position resides within our company'sObservational and Real-World Evidence (CORE), which leads value evidence strategy development and conducts research to inform healthcare decision making. As a member of the CORE Value team, this individual will develop value evidence strategies and tactics to support the Head & Neck cancer program. The position reports to the Executive Director, CORE Head & Neck cancer.

Position objectives

  • To inform and contribute to the value evidence strategy and associated studies which describe clinical, economic, and patient-centered unmet needs and the value the product provides in addressing those needs

  • To design, execute and communicate results of observational research studies

  • To communicate findings from the research to relevant internal and external audiences

  • To generate value evidence required by HTA/payers including value dossiers, evidence synthesis, clinical trial analyses, and economic modeling

  • To support discussions with Alliance partners on value evidence strategies and plans for relevant Head & Neck cancer indications

Position accountabilities

  • To collaborate with internal stakeholders and Alliance partners to ensure research priorities and strategies are aligned

  • To communicate with relevant external audiences including regulators, health care providers, HTAs, patient organizations, and others

  • To design and implement outcomes research studies, in collaboration with scientific leaders, patient organizations, academic medical centers, health systems, research organizations, database holders and others

  • To prepare outcomes research protocols, statistical analysis plans, and clinical study reports

  • To ensure findings are communicated effectively at scientific conferences, in publications, dossiers, and by other channels

  • To maintain awareness of scientific developments in the field and provide outcomes research leadership and consultation

  • To provide expertise on observational study best practices, real world evidence frameworks, and internal standard operating procedures on the conduct of observational research.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Preferred: Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD, PharmD) in relevant discipline (Health Services Research, Outcomes Research, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Economics, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacy Administration).

  • Required: Master’s degree (MSc, MPH) in relevant discipline (Health Services Research, Outcomes Research, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Economics, Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacy Administration).

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise/experience in the design and implementation of real-world evidence

  • A track record of scientific presentations and publications.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience post-graduation, with Doctoral degree

  • A minimum of five (5) of years relevant experience post-graduation, with Masters’ degree only

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Doctoral degree

  • Experience in Oncology-related Outcomes Research, Epidemiology or Health Economics preferred

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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Expected salary range:

$175,440.00 - $276,200.00

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Requisition ID:R234522