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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Data Science ( MERCUSR181242ENUS)

Science and Research

Food Science



North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer facing commercial or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

Role Summary

  • The GMSA Medical Data Analytics Center Data Scientist Associate Director assists the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) organization in discovering information hidden in data to make data driven strategic decisions for the organization.

  • This role requires a unique combination of skills to gain the trust of therapeutic area and regional colleagues, an innovative mindset to think through novel ways to help the organization make better decisions, and the ability to execute on the idea by gathering the necessary data and building the necessary statistical models. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated individual with strong business acumen along with technical competence.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities

  • Partners with internal stakeholders to understand the needs of GMSA.

  • Identifies appropriate data sources to address the needs of GMSA.

  • Designs and develops analyses (e.g., descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, prescriptive) to draw inferences and conclusions to inform decision-making for GMSA.

  • Ensures high quality, rigorous and readily interpretable deliverables.

  • Develops data visualizations and presentation decks to communicate findings.

  • Provides recommended actions with stakeholders from senior and executive leadership teams.

  • Contributes toward a collaborative environment where the Medical Data Analytics Center team 1) maintains an entrepreneurial spirit 2) has a strong understanding of healthcare data and technology 3) can identify and use new data sources.

  • Keeps abreast of the latest trends in the field through continuous learning and proactively championing new methods to help solve critical and emerging medical affairs problems and drive medical affairs activities.

  • Collaborates and partners with peers in other functions (Human Health (HH), Center of Observational and Real-World Evidence, etc.) on cross-functional analytics projects and to drive efficiencies in developing innovative quantitative analyses.

  • Manages external vendors.

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience


  • Bachelor's degree (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 9 years of relevant job experience; Master’s degree (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 5 years of relevant job experience; PhD (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 1 year of relevant job experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in Advanced Analytics, Statistical Modeling, NLP, AI, Machine Learning

  • Experience with R, Python, SAS, or similar coding applications

  • Experience using SQL and SQL relational databases

  • Experience analyzing real-world data assets including EMR and EHR

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong business acumen in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Ability to succinctly translate complex ideas and analytical results into actionable insights and recommended actions

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Experience in building effective cross-functional partnerships and working across global teams. Ability to influence peers and leaders.

  • Strong listening skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit with a high degree of initiative, innovative thinking, and intellectual curiosity

  • High degree of personal integrity


  • Bachelor's degree (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 15 years of relevant job experience; Master’s degree (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 10 years of relevant job experience; PhD (computer science, physics, mathematics, actuarial science, or equivalent) with 5 years of relevant job experience.

  • Experience in Global Medical Affairs

  • Experience using CMS quality data

  • Exposure to payer analytics or Market Access analytics

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

  • Experience with visualization software such as Tableau, Spotfire, Qlik, or related

  • Exposure to Big Data technology such as AWS Redshift

  • Experience with cloud computing services (e.g., AWS)

  • Experience using version control and object-oriented programming

  • Experience with medical coding

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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R181242