Research Scientist-Patient Focused Outcomes

March 14 2017
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Patient focused outcome (PFO) measures include patient reported, clinician-reported, observer-reported, and performance-based measures. As a member of the GPORWE Center for Expertise (COE) PFO group, the Patient-Focused Outcome (PFO) Scientist provides scientific expertise and effective project oversight to ensure that PFOs play their appropriate role in the evaluation of treatment efficacy, assessment of benefits and risks/harms (safety), reimbursement decisions, and quality standards.

The PFO Scientist actively participates in the governance and maintenance of the PFO-Strategy and Review Committee (SRC) to facilitate learning and application of PFOs in close coordination with extended GPORWE partners (e.g., therapeutic area core team, early phase team, and regional HTA team scientists).
The PFO scientist demonstrates and applies knowledge of instrument development and validation methodologies, as well as, operating standards and procedures for PFO instrument development and validation, observational/ epidemiologic research, or other outcome assessment within a therapeutic area(s) which span the entire lifecycle of product development and commercialization.

The PFO partners with the GPORWE platform scientists in communicating PFO processes and health outcomes findings and concepts to internal and external business partners, and in disseminating health outcomes research findings or processes to the scientific community. The PFO Scientist will undertake other projects that may focus on key healthcare policy issues or analytical methods that impact patient outcomes.

    In collaboration with the COE PFO group and PFO SRC members, partners with other functions (e.g. business units, marketing, clinical research, regulatory, statistics, etc.) to deliver collaborative work products (e.g., clinical protocols, SAP language, etc.) that align a standardized strategy for the development and validation of PFO instruments.Provides guidance and support to ensure timely inclusion of appropriate PFOs in Early Phase drug developmentEnsure complete preparation for launches including development of high quality PFO dossiers that clearly describe the relevance and importance of the PFO strategy.
Project Execution and Management (~30%-40%)
  • Ensures PFO projects/process of study research agenda are realistic, attained on time, and on budget.
  • Effectively communicates status of projects to management and key business partners to keep them informed of project status, budget implications, etc.Maintains awareness of, and coordinates as appropriate, research efforts among the COE PFO and PFO SRC to optimize resource use and make shared learning easily accessible to all parties involved with the PFO instrument, therapeutic area, disease state, and/or research methodology.
Environmental Awareness & Information Dissemination (~10-20%)

    Maintains awareness of significant developments in the field, including current patient reported outcomes and applications, and regulatory guidance.Actively pursues leadership opportunities in external PFO-related organizations (e.g., Patient Reported Outcome Consortium)Effectively communicates PFO and PFO-SRC information to internal business partners, the scientific community, and customers.Leads and assists in disseminating PFO/health outcomes information in appropriate scientific venues via development, preparation, and presentation of abstracts, posters, and manuscripts.Leads in the development of shared learning opportunities and trainings to effectively share knowledge and experience (both positive and negative) of the development, validation, and application of PFOs.
Capability building (~25-35%)
  • Leverages internal resources for implementation of PFO strategies when components of those strategies are needed but are not included in current business plan.Assists in the development of a level of capability in COE for patient preference study design and utility evaluation.

Basic Qualifications
    Doctorate degree with a concentration in an appropriate discipline (ie: epidemiology, public health, economics, education, psychology, statistics, etc.) with 5 years experience in instrument development
    Master's degree and 10 years of experience in instrument development
Additional Skills/Preferences
    Expertise in a therapeutic area (for example, diabetes, oncology)Experience in development of utility studiesExperience in development and execution of patient preference studiesExperience with patient engagement initiatives Technical and analytic capabilities in the areas of patient focused outcome measurement, basic statistics and research methodologyPublications in the area of patient focused measure development, validation, and/or applicationStrong problem solving and communication skills (both verbal and written).Ability to work successfully in a team/cross-functional environment and effectively influence individuals.Excellent computer skills (MS Office suite, Sharepoint, Atlas ti, statistical software).Strong project management skills.Understanding of and experience with clinical settings and clinical research
Additional Information
    Domestic and International travel may be required (0-10%)
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