Associate Principal Scientist, Outcomes Research

Merck Cherokee

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Rockville, MD

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Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team push the boundaries of global healthcare through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine.

Under the general direction of the Patient-Centered Endpoints & Strategy (PaCES) group lead, the Associate Principal Scientist has responsibility for coordinating global Clinical Outcomes Assessment (COA) endpoint strategies, including Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) for specific disease areas. The individual will support or guide teams on the development, validation, analysis and interpretation of COA endpoints to support regulatory submissions, reimbursement evidence dossiers, payer interactions, and publications. The Associate Principal Scientist will work closely with individuals from all Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) functions, Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, Biostatistics, and Operations to ensure COA endpoint strategies are consistent with and executed and interpreted to support the product strategy.

Primary activities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate global COA/PRO strategic plans in support of Early Development Teams (EDTs), Value Evidence Sub-teams (VESTs) and Clinical Sub-teams (CST) to assure alignment with product franchise goals

  • Provide assistance on the selection and/or development of COA/PROs for inclusion in studies

  • Provide guidance on implementing COA/PROs into studies by following our Company's standard processes

  • Facilitate alignment of the selection of an appropriate endpoint measure to satisfy both regulatory and reimbursement agencies

  • Coordinate COA/PRO related sections of evidence packages to be submitted to regulatory and reimbursement agencies

  • Coordinate the development, validation, implementation, and utilization of instruments aimed at measuring COA/PROs in the context of clinical trials and/or observational studies

  • Support literature searches to support COA/PRO endpoint strategies

  • Support/Produce scientific communications (abstracts, poster presentations, podium presentations, manuscripts, etc.)

  • Keep up to date with COA/PRO methodologies and guidelines (including those from Regulatory Authorities) and communicate findings to cross-functional teams as needed



  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Research, Statistics, Psychometrics, Outcomes Research or closely related field

  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in Health Services Research, Statistics, Psychometrics, Outcomes Research or closely related field

Required Experience:

  • Familiar with PRO requirements for regulatory and HTA/reimbursement agencies

  • At least 5 years of pharmaceutical industry and/or academic experience in COA/PRO research with at least 3 years in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Knowledge of methodological approaches and technical aspects (study design, data analysis and interpretation) of COA/PRO development, validation, electronic migration and interpretation into clinical trial and observational studies

  • Ability to understand and respond to multiple internal and external customers

  • Strong project management and communication skills

  • Experience with COA/PRO-related scientific presentations and publications

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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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