Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted by: Ashi Khandelwal
10 Oct

Associate Director, Global Outcomes Research

Cambridge, MA, USA
Job Description


This position functions within Global Outcomes Research (GOR) team, which contributes to the successful development and commercialization of new, innovative therapies. Focuses and organizes itself into teams focused on neurosciences, gastroenterology and oncology, the purpose of this position is to provide global outcomes research support for one of these therapeutic areas.


As a member of the GOR team assigned to one or more global program teams, this person will inform and contribute to program strategies with comprehensive evidence generation plans and component research studies that identify clinical, economic, and patient-centered unmet needs, and the comparative clinical, economic, and patient-centered value that medicines provide in addressing those needs. Position objectives are:


  • To provide outcomes research, including epidemiology, support and consultative expertise for products from early development through launch and commercialization.
  • To collaborate and align internally with other R&D and Business Unit teams within a multi-disciplinary framework to meet product needs.
  • To contribute to the development and execution of plans to elucidate unmet clinical, economic and patient-centered needs and product value to regulators, HTA/payers, health care providers and patients.
  • To design, execute and communicate results of appropriate tactical activities supporting those plans, including observational and epidemiologic research as well as experimental trials.
  • To communicate findings from these studies to relevant internal and external audiences as effectively as possible.
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Desired Skills & Experience


  • Experience in one or more disciplines within outcomes research in relevant therapeutic areas is preferred. Demonstrated experience in epidemiology and observational studies is highly desirable.
  • Combination of academic training and practical experience in outcomes research is required. This may be consist of:

o   Doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D. or Dr.P.H.) in a relevant discipline such as, but not limited to, health services research, health outcomes research, epidemiology, pharmacy administration, public health, economics, statistics or decision sciences, plus five years practical experience

o   Clinical degree (e.g., in medicine, pharmacy, nursing) and a master’s degree in a related discipline (as noted above), plus five years practical experience

o   Master degree in a related discipline (as noted above), plus eight years practical experience.

  • Practical experience (number of years as noted above) in performing outcomes research, in any setting, including Life Sciences Company, research organization, academic institution or governmental agency, is required.
  • Experience should include the conduct of outcomes research studies, and the communication of study findings to internal and external audiences.
  • Familiarity with the role and importance of epidemiology and outcomes research in the multi-disciplinary drug development and commercialization environment and process (involving multiple stakeholders) is expected.
  • Ability to understand regulatory and HTA/payer challenges for products; and to critically review data and assimilate strategies that take such environments into consideration is required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one area of outcomes research (such as, but not limited to, retrospective or prospective observational studies, patient-reported outcomes/health-related quality of life assessment, clinical-economic modeling and analysis, literature synthesis/meta-analysis) is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of health economics is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting or interpreting statistical analysis is useful.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative epidemiological skills, including study design analysis and interpretation of data from observational research.
  • Experience in conducting outcomes research in different geographic regions is desirable.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a multicultural and cross functional team environment is expected.
  • Broad experience in collaborating with research partners and in managing multiple tasks and complex projects is very desirable.
  • Ability to communicate scientific evidence, with strong written and verbal presentation skills, is required.
  • Experience interacting with regulator and/or HTA/payer policy-makers is highly desirable.
  • Record of high-quality, peer-reviewed outcomes research publications is preferred.



Is a global company with corporate headquarters in Japan, and with global research and development activities run from Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Travel to meetings (sometimes requiring overnight stays) involving colleagues, research partners, and/or external stakeholders is a requirement of the position.

Some international travel may be required.

Time commitment expected for travel is approximately 10 - 25 %.

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