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Research Associate

Cambridge Metro Area, MA

Job Type: Scientific Job Number: JN -062020-26902 Region: Cambridge Metro Area

Job Description

Major Activities / Key Responsibilities

Health Economics strategy, evidence generation and reimbursement support

Support the execution of quality research projects, economic models, trial design recommendations and other activities in support of programs/products. The incumbent reports to the HEVA Product Lead and interfaces with Clinical, Medical Affairs, Marketing, External Affairs and Market Access. He/she supports the planning, design, implementation and completion of innovative evidenc-based research programs that are consistent with program/product strategies. The research programs developed will provide appropriate evidence and/or tools to be used for internal decision making and for external audiences at product launch and over product life cycle.

(Note: The list below is not comprehensive; this job is also responsible for other duties as assigned). Minimum requirements within this job function:

Manage the HEVA evidence generation plan (20%)

o Develop research plan to support pre-launch, launch and post-launch evidence for investigational and marketed drugs

o Evidence generation plan includes burden of illness studies, epidemiology, literature reviews, meta-analysis, retrospective and prospective observational studies, ecomomic evaluations, development and analysis of patient-reported outcomes

Execute approved HEVA studies and manage ongoing studies according to budget and timeline expectations (20%)

o Supports the HEVA product lead to manage and execute research studies to support the clinical, economic and humanistic value of products

o Studies include but are not limited to burden of illness studies, epidemiology, literature reviews, meta-analysis, retrospective and prospective observational studies, ecomomic evaluations, and patient-reported outcomes

Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal stakeholders including Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, Commercial and Market Access. (10%)

Sets evidence generation priorities and direction for assigned responsibilities and is able to incorporate this into appropriate planning documents (10%)

Supports contracting and project management activities pertaining to HEVA studies (20%)

o Works with contracts managers to ensure timely execution of contracts

o Responsible for tracking and maintaining budget sheet, contracts, SOWs etc.

All incumbents are expected to demonstrate effective communication, organizational and interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. The incumbent is expected to work independently, but in concert with the direction provided by their management, in accordance with defined functional policies and precedents, budgetary guidelines, company values, ethics and applicable law.

Key Performance Indicators

Demonstrated contributions to product success

Development and execution of tactics that address data gaps and customer needs and ensure tactics support scientific, regulatory and reimbursement/access trends and events that will affect company s standing as a valued healthcare partner

Expertise recognized within the function, corporation and healthcare field

Develops and maintains peer relationships with clinical and economic methods

Established track record of scientific and/or methods publications in peer-reviewed journals

Compliance with all relevant internal SOPs and external laws and regulations.

Basic Qualifications:

Strong project management and analytical skills to translate clinical and economic information and messages into payer evidence strategies.

Strong customer focus

Ability to work well in a cross-functional team

Understanding of the disease environment and the evolution of the market access landscape and implications for the business

At least 3 years of experience in HEOR or market access in pharmaceutical industry, CRO or academic experience

Proven track record working successfully in a project/matrix-oriented environment

Excellent communication skills and ability to understand and present complex information in digestible ways for internal (e.g. senior management) and external audiences

Strong team spirit, sense of transversality, multicultural awareness and ability to drive matrix teams

Required experiences:

Understands reimbursement decisions to determine value drivers and how evidence is used in decision making and how it impacts various payers (e.g., providers, patients, health systems)

Knowledge of methods and principles of health economics, health technology assessment (HTA) reviews

Systematically reviewed available scientific evidence to identify clinical needs of the payer

Understands, creates and applies relevant methods (e.g., observational data, post hoc analysis of clinical trials, meta-analysis, indirect comparison, etc..) to demonstrate product value potential


Advanced degree (Doctoral or Masters level) in relevant field

Demonstrated understanding disease physiopathology, drug mechanism of action, clinical development principles, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistical programming, patient-reported outcome development, systemic literature reviews, network meta-analyses


English fluent required

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