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Director, Epidemiology at GlaxoSmithKline

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: collegeville, Pennsylvania





Job Description:

Are you energized by a leadership role that requires strategic thinking and external engagement?  If so, this Epidemiology Director role could be an exciting opportunity to explore.

As an Epidemiology Director, you will be responsible for several development compounds and/or marketed medicines in the Respiratory therapeutic area, developing a program of studies in alignment with Respiratory Research & Development strategy. This role is responsible for planning, implementing and delivering high quality, scientifically robust observational research projects which support drug development programs, regulatory submissions and post marketing safety and effectiveness.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…


  • As a technical expert in epidemiology and the therapeutic area, maintain and expand an epidemiology support strategy aligned to the drug development strategy and aimed to:

    • Improve disease understanding relevant to drug development:  incidence, prevalence, risk factors, natural history course, treatment patterns, co-morbidities, co-medications, outcome measures, phenotypes, biomarkers, unmet needs, and their variations across domains such as demographics and geographies.

    • Support clinical trial design, in particular identification of the target population, protocol development, patient recruitment and patient medical history data ascertainment.

    • Contribute to medication safety evaluation: provide background event rates, synthesize existing evidence including through meta-analyses, identify high-risk populations.

    • Support post-marketing surveillance activities:  risk evaluation mitigation strategies, epidemiology studies for signal detection and inference, post-authorization studies of treatment benefit and risk.



  • Critically appraise existing epidemiology evidence and create new evidence through delivery of specific research plans/protocols and analysis of healthcare databases available within GSK.

  • Develop strong partnerships with internal stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary framework (clinical, safety, regulatory, health outcomes, asset leadership and commercial functions) to meet product needs.  

  • Plan resource allocation to accomplish multiple research projects and attain project and study timelines.

  • Identify innovative, timely and cost-effective methods to conduct epidemiologic studies.

  • Negotiate internal funding of projects.

  • Develop and negotiate research plans with external collaborators in academia or contract research organizations and work effectively with vendors for outsourced studies.

  • Develop coordinated research strategy across assets

  • Communicate study findings to relevant internal and external audiences effectively.   

  • Author epidemiology sections of a variety of regulatory submission documents, such as Risk Management Plans and others.

  • Present the company position on epidemiology issues and epidemiology findings to regulatory agencies and other external authorities.

  • Extend a track record of external publications in peer reviewed journals.

  • Further strengthen the position as a recognized leader in pharmaco-epidemiology and the epidemiology of Respiratory diseases.

  • Mentor manager-level epidemiologists and support their development

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:


  • A combination of academic training and practical experience in epidemiology is required.  This may consist of:

    • Doctoral degree (PhD., ScD or DrPH) in epidemiology (preferred) or a relevant discipline (i.e. health services research, health outcomes research, public health, statistics or pharmaceutical sciences) with at least five years’ experience leading epidemiologic research.

    • Clinical degree (e.g., in medicine, pharmacy, nursing) and a masters degree in Epidemiology with at least five years’ experience leading epidemiologic research.

    • Demonstrable experience leading pharmaco-epidemiologic research programs in a drug development environment.



  • Expertise in the epidemiology of chronic disease (Respiratory Diseases preferred).

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently to develop credibility with colleagues within and outside Epidemiology, as well as interact effectively in multi-disciplinary matrix teams to influence decisions.

  • Broad experience in collaborating with research partners.

  • Ability to demonstrate strategic/enterprise thinking and problem resolution to fill evidence gaps.

  • Ability to work well within a business-driven environment, balance priorities and handle multiple tasks through careful planning, stakeholder management, project administration, and organizational skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate scientific evidence to peers and at scientific meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:


  • Record of high-quality, peer-reviewed epidemiology and/or outcomes research publications preferred.

  • Experience in leading epidemiology research in different geographic regions is desirable.

  • Demonstrated leadership/mentorship of other team members

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:


  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.

  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.

  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.

  • Sustaining energy and well-being

  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.

  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness

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