Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE):

Boston Massachusetts
Requisition ID: POS000240

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. 

Be a part of the legacy: MRL Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program
The Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program aims to be a best-in-industry program for industrial postdoctoral researchers, designed to provide you with an academic focus in a commercial environment. With the resources, reach, and expertise of a large pharmaceutical company, postdoctoral researchers will be positioned to excel in an institution committed to breakthrough innovation in research and discovery.

Position Overview: 

As a postdoctoral fellow in CORE you will work with a highly collaborative team of scientists and professionals from health economics, health policy, data science, epidemiology, and outcomes research, as well as have the opportunity to align with the wider Merck organization (e.g. clinical development, branding, and market access) to conceive, design, plan and implement observational research to understand disease burden and treatment patterns and generate value evidence. CORE is headed by Susan Shiff, PhD MBA, and the team members are primarily located in Merck’s NJ, PA, and MA offices. You will focus on the discovery and outcomes assessment of clinical pathway in the hospital settings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  
  • Work with cross functional team to formulate loosely defined problems into research concepts 
  • Design retrospective database studies, prospective naturalistic pharmacoeconomics studies, outcomes research and/or comparative effectiveness studies to test hypothesis and/or validate findings
  • Develop statistical models and methodologies in order to quantify, estimate, and predict health metrics of interest.
  • Effectively communicate findings and methodological approaches. Actively support research communication plans and lead in the development of presentations and scientific publications.

Education Minimum Requirement: 
  • PhD with less than 3 years of Postdoctoral Experience or achieved a  Ph.d by Spring/Summer of  2018 

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques 
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, predictive analytics, and multivariate testing
  • Understanding of observational and experimental study design 
  • Strong programming skills in database (such as SQL) and statistical modeling (such as Python and R)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in publishing scientific results in peer reviewed scientific journals
Preferred Experience and Skills: 
  • Familiarity with administrative healthcare data, including Medicare/Medicaid, claims data, electronic health records
  • Experience in machine learning including but not limited to supervised and unsupervised learning and deep neural nets
  • Experience in data visualization tools such as D3

Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Merck’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.
Merck is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations. Former Military, Transitioning Service Members, National Guard & Reserves - We value your past and present service


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