Merck & Co., Inc.

Position ID: 2524-R55814 [#16055, R55814]
Position Title: Principal Scientist/Health Economist - Mathematical Modeling - Vaccines and Infectious Disease
Position Type: Government or industry
Position Location: West Point, Pennsylvania 19486, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematical Modeling
Application Deadline: finished (2020/07/06, finished 2021/03/06)
Position Description:    

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Job Description

We are seeking Research Scientists in Infectious Disease Modeling to join our growing team of vaccine modelers and health economists at our company in the United States and Canada, our company 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 our company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our company's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to be the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research Division is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow and will take our company's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics research and development expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 


A Principal Scientist provides strategic development and use of cutting-edge mathematical and economic models to enhance understanding of vaccines and infectious diseases, to quantify, and to communicate the value of our company's vaccines to patients, providers, payers, and policy makers. The scientist provides strategic and technical leadership using model-based scientific and business insights across all phases of drug and vaccine development. In addition, she/he serves as the Economic and Data Sciences (EDS) lead for one or more value evidence teams responsible for generation of evidence, including development of health economic, disease, and other mathematical models to enable business and scientific insights for the product.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Masters in a quantitatively-oriented discipline such as mathematical epidemiology or applied mathematics

  • PhD (preferred)

Required Experience and Skills**:

  • Experience in the design and development of modeling approaches to enable internal and external decisions

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills (oral and written)

  • Ability to work independently and effectively interact with a broad group of stakeholders

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and work under pressure

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in the design and analysis of mathematical models of infectious diseases and vaccination, including developing and analyzing stochastic and deterministic models, programming simulations and numerical analysis, and analyzing data

  • Economic evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis.

  • Strong record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Extensive experience in scientific computing and programming with software such as Mathematica, Matlab, Python, or C++.

We are a research-driven bio-pharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.




Your role at our company will be integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we will be counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. We are inventing for life. 

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

Employee Status: Regular

Relocation: Domestic

VISA Sponsorship: Yes

Travel Requirements: 10%

Flexible Work Arrangements: Work Week

Number of Openings:1

Requisition ID: R55814

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