Director, Data Science:

Upper Gwynedd Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: OUT000488

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. 

The Economic & Data Sciences (EDS) Department in the Merck Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence (CORE) is looking for a Director of Data Sciences with expertise in data sciences and informatics to contribute to the development, exchange, and communication of evidence that demonstrates the value of Merck’s pharmaceuticals and vaccines and provides our customers (payers, providers, patients,  policy makers) with transformative insights.  

The job duties include the following:

  • Leading knowledge management and data innovation initiatives to increase access to and interoperability of data, models, analytics, and evidence 
  • Developing partnerships to generate insights that inform healthcare decisions and policy through novel studies, methods, and technologies
  • Establishing rapid, interactive, and self-service analytic and data visualization capabilities and workflows
  • Advancing the development and diffusion of open-source health economic modeling methodologies
  • Leading and conducting data analytic projects using standard and advanced analytic methods
  • Representing EDS on one or more Value and Evidence Sub-teams 
  • Leading value analytic and informatics initiatives in the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI), Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and/or American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) communities 
  • Maintaining awareness of scientific and technologic developments within the fields of data science, informatics, and health technology assessment (HTA)
  • Advancing, presenting, and publishing novel methodologies in the fields of data science, informatics, and HTA at international/national congresses and in scientific and technology journals

We are seeking an individual that is comfortable working independently and can initiate innovative projects that bridge data science, informatics, and HTA methodologies.  The individual should also be comfortable solving complex problems across multi-functional teams (e.g., the Value and Evidence Sub-team) and the product development lifecycle.  Finally, we are looking for an individual that educates and influences multi-functional teams on the value of data science and informatics methodologies in developing value evidence for our customers.



  • Masters or Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, or Data Sciences


  • 7 years of experience in the design and implementation of quantitative science methods in healthcare
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Experience with applying artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and blockchain in healthcare
  • Leadership in the OHDSI, HIMSS, and/or AMIA communities
  • Experience in business development

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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