Associate Director, Outcomes Research

Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
May 07 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: OUT000549

 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. 


Position Description: We are looking for an Associate Director, Outcomes Research position to be responsible for planning and managing real world evidence activities for in-line and developmental drugs and/or vaccines on a worldwide basis, and planning and implementing outcomes research and real world evidence programs to meet the value evidence needs of payers, health systems, and clinicians. This includes conducting all phases of Outcomes Research studies to characterize disease burden and health care utilization, and generating comparative real world evidence, including design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes (PROs), epidemiological studies, and economic modeling.  The job duties include the following:
  • Work closely with Customer Business Line teams, Regional Product Directors, MSD affiliates, Public Affairs, Medical Education and Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) colleagues to ensure programs are consistent with marketing strategies in key countries.
  • Contribute to product development and marketing strategies to ensure that product value is defined and demonstrated.
  • Represents CORE on one or more Value and Evidence Sub-teams (VEST).
  • Assesses drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access and identifies value evidence needs to provide strategic input into clinical and market development programs.
  • Assist in development the integrated evidence strategy including HTA/OR strategy and generates evidence for HTA/reimbursement purposes.
  • Assist in development and evaluation of health programs leveraging different parts of health care systems that can enhance value and use of Merck products.
  • Assist in implementation of 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 OR planning process and generates data on a worldwide basis to support pricing and reimbursement.
  • Develop value evidence deliverables (e.g., global value dossier, health economic evaluations) and their adaptation to generate country-specific data supporting pricing and reimbursement.
  • Maintain awareness of scientific developments within his/her areas of expertise.

Present outcomes research data at international/national congresses and publishes articles in scientific journals.


Position Qualifications:


Education Minimum Requirement:


Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, PharmD, ScD) or MSc/MPH, from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics, in health services research, epidemiology, public health or significant work experience in health services research, epidemiology, public health, or health economics strongly desired.


Required Experience and Skills:


  • 3 years of experience in the design and implementation of clinical, epidemiological or health economic studies, including at least one year of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • We will also accept a MS and 5 years of experience in stated areas.
  • Must have research expertise as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications in the field of epidemiology and/or health economic research.

Preferred Experience and Skills:


Experience in application of outcomes research and economic modeling methods for vaccines


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: Outcomes Research -Health Econ
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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