Senior Epidemiologist

Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
March 30 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: EPI000261

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, 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 Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck 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. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’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:

Under the general direction of a Director or Executive Director, Epidemiology, the Associate Principal Scientist, Epidemiology (Senior Epidemiologist) has responsibility for the design, placement, conduct, analysis, and reporting of pharmacoepidemiologic research studies on assigned Merck products and for providing consultation on epidemiologic issues, as needed.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

Serves as lead epidemiologist for a major project area. The primary focus of this position is infectious diseases (ID) and vaccines.  Although staff are expected to develop primary subject matter expertise in one or more therapeutic areas, staff may receive assignments in any therapeutic area depending on need. Designs and coordinates all aspects of epidemiologic research programs, including protocol preparation, study design, supervising the ordering and shipping of all equipment and supplies, directing design and preparation of data collection forms and data tabulations, preparing data summaries/reports for regulatory submissions, publications and technical reports with delegation of certain tasks where possible. Directs data management activities to ensure high quality.  Performs analyses to process and summarize epidemiologic data.  Determines own approach to tasks and independently applies basic and more complex techniques.  Recognizes when additional statistical and programming consultation is needed and communicates requirements effectively.  Maintains awareness of internal and external data resources and identifies appropriate studies for addressing questions of interest, recognizing the limitations and strengths of various design options.  Provides consultation to other groups on the validity of observational studies.  Independently performs data queries and summarizes epidemiologic information tabularly and graphically.Proactively works with other groups to identify epidemiologic research needs for projects, and works interactively to develop research studies to address such needs.  Develops and validates new measurement techniques, including but not limited to new instruments for measurement of health-related quality of life.  Critiques internally and externally written manuscripts/published literature.  Provides epidemiologic consultation on clinical trial design, analysis, and interpretation.Prepares reports to communicate epidemiologic study results to Merck management, internal committees, external investigators, and regulatory agencies.  Collaborates with other groups at Merck in preparing documentation for regulatory agencies, reimbursement agencies or other organizations.Maintains professional knowledge by reading journals and textbooks, attending internal and external courses, and undertaking methodological research.  Presents at professional scientific meetings, publishes research findings, teaches courses, collaborates with external investigators, and communicates with scientific personnel at regulatory agencies.  Participates in training new department members.



Education  Requirement:

Required:  MA/MS in Epidemiology with (3) years of relevant work experiencePreferred:  PhD in EpidemiologyPreferred:  MD with additional research trainingRequired Experience and Skills**:

Minimum of (3) years of relevant work experience Experience in the successful direction of epidemiologic projects; knowledge and experience in the application of epidemiologic approaches including statistics; and familiar with software packages used to process epidemiologic data Creative problem-solving ability and strong communication and organizational skills5% TravelPreferred Experience and Skills:

Background in Infectious Diseases (ID) and Vaccines and experience in conducting ID and/or vaccine epidemiologic studies and activities are preferred for this position.Your role at Merck 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 Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Job: Epidemiology
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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