West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

Under the general direction of a Director or Executive Director, Epidemiology, the Principal Scientist, Epidemiology (Director), 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:

  • Has overall responsibility for worldwide pharmacoepidemiologic planning and study recommendations for assigned company products. The Pharmacoepidemiology Department supports all drugs, vaccines, and biologics in all therapeutic areas. The primary focus of this position is 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.

  • Has lead responsibility for interaction with risk management subteams, value evidence subteams, clinical/regulatory subteams, and other areas of our Research Division on epidemiologic matters related to product safety and risk management, post-marketing safety and effectiveness studies, regulatory activities, clinical study design, efficacy and safety endpoint qualification/standardization for clinical trials, and biomarkers/molecular epidemiology/genetic epidemiology.

  • Has responsibility for the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic research studies on assigned company products worldwide.

  • Provides scientific oversight and mentorship to more junior Epidemiology staff.

  • Presents epidemiologic research plans and results to internal review and governance committees; to external agencies and health authorities such as FDA, EMA, CDC, and WHO; and at scientific conferences.

  • Maintains close working relationships with colleagues in Clinical Safety and Risk Management, Clinical Research, Regulatory, Outcomes Research, Health Economics, Medical Affairs and Commercial. Assists them in areas where knowledge of epidemiology is relevant.

  • Contributes to our company's prestige by maintaining recognition as an expert in his/her field; may publish independent scientific research in leading journals, participate in and present at scientific organizations and meetings, and serve as a peer reviewer for scientific journals.

  • May hold academic appointments, teach graduate courses, and supervise Ph.D. dissertations and post-doctoral fellows.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: MA/MS in Epidemiology with (7) years of relevant work experience

  • Preferred: MD with additional research training

  • Highly Preferred: PhD in Epidemiology

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of (5) years of relevant work experience

  • Extensive experience in the successful direction of large Epidemiologic projects; broad knowledge and experience in the application of Epidemiologic approaches to problems in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry; and record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Creative problem-solving ability and excellent communication skills (oral and written)

  • 5% Travel

Preferred 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.

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.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID:R117354

West Point, Pennsylvania

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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