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Merck Associate Principal Scientist, (Associate Director) Economic and Data Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

We have an exciting, new opportunity for an Associate Principal Scientist, Economic and Data Sciences to join our team. The preferred location is Rahway, NJ; alternative locations in USA (Boston, MA, West Point, PA, or Philadelphia, PA) and UK (London) are possible.

Economic and Data Sciences is part of our company's Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE). CORE is responsible for generating the evidence to support scientific and commercial value of our company's portfolio to optimize access, reimbursement, and patient outcomes. In collaboration with internal and external partners, CORE Economic and Data Sciences (EDS), provides strategic and technical leadership to enable patient access, measure and quantify the value of our products, inform internal and external decisions, and shape methodology and external health policy and practice. This position will focus on oncology products.


Under the direction of an EDS Director, the Associate Principal Scientist provides strategic development and use of industry-leading predictive and economic models to enhance our understanding of disease and to quantify and communicate the value of our oncology products to patients, providers, and payers.

  • Serve as the CORE EDS lead for one or more value evidence teams to develop health economic, disease, and predictive models to enable business insights for the product.

  • Utilize discovery, real world evidence, clinical trial and published data, and publicly available information and tools to provide economic and integrated models to answer key questions in all phases of drug and vaccine development – Phase I through loss of data exclusivity.

  • Advance the use of integrated quantitative approaches, focusing on economic, disease, and predictive modeling and simulation in partnership with other internal groups and external organizations.

  • Development and maintenance of health quality global health economic models and tools in-house or in collaboration with external vendors to provide critical business insights and fully demonstrate the value of our company’s products.

  • Support and training of EDS models and tools to support country/regional team adaptations and communications with external stakeholders.

  • Dissemination of health economic data via presentations at congresses and publications in scientific journals.

  • Work closely with external collaborators (clinical/economic thought leaders, payer/HTA experts, alliance partners) and internal teams (including those represented on the VEST) to ensure that new methodologies, models and advanced analytics are fully utilized for our products.

  • Maintain awareness of external data, modeling methodologies and IT tools to collaborate across relevant internal stakeholders to enhance our company's capabilities in health economic modeling, simulation, and data visualization.

  • Partner in defining and implementing the EDS vision and strategy to develop an innovative, world class Center of Excellence in data science as well predictive and economic modeling.

  • Ensure sharing of work product and relevant best practices across the company's enterprise.


  • PhD (preferred) or Masters degree, in Health Economics, Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Actuarial Sciences or a closely related, quantitative field

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Relevant experience in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) of 3 or more years beyond PhD (or 5 or more years beyond Masters degree)

  • Knowledge and experience in economic evaluation of oncology drugs and interventions

  • Expertise and solid hands-on experience in the conceptualization, design, development and dissemination of health economic model approaches to enable internal and external decisions

  • Track record of submissions to Health Technology Assessment bodies and research publications in conferences and peer-reviewed journals

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills with ability to interact with individuals from a variety of disciplines

  • Understanding of the market access environment and challenges in the US and key international markets

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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID: R78183