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Merck Senior Epidemiologist in Montpelier, Vermont

Job Description

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 company 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 major projects. The primary focus of this position is vaccines and infectious diseases (ID). 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 and instruments for measurement of efficacy and safety endpoints for clinical trials. 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 our company's management, internal committees, external investigators, and regulatory agencies. Collaborates with other groups at our company 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 Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: Master’s in epidemiology with at least 5 years of relevant work experience

  • Preferred: PhD in epidemiology with at least 3 years of relevant work experience

  • Preferred: MD with additional research training in epidemiology

Required 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 skills

  • 5% Travel

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Background in Vaccines and Infectious Diseases (ID), and experience in conducting ID and/or vaccine epidemiologic studies and activities are preferred for this position.

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., Kenilworth, 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 …

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: R92983