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Merck Director, Pharmacometrics in Helena, Montana

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Director – Pharmacometrics, Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics

The Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QP2) department drives model-informed drug discovery and development (MIDD) to routinely enable efficient drug discovery/development and/or regulatory decisions. The Pharmacometrics group within QP2 brings an experienced leadership team, deep modeling expertise and state-of-the-art modeling approaches across multiple therapeutic areas and modalities to drive portfolio impact from discovery through life-cycle management. The team is externally visible and continues to be at the leading edge of building innovative state of the art tools. With MIDD as an essential component of decision-making at our company, this position offers an opportunity for the Director to drive pipeline impact and mentor/coach a talented group of pharmacometricians.

The Director-Pharmacometrics will work with scientists within QP2 by proactively evaluating and incorporating advanced pharmacometrics capabilities like comparator modeling, model-based meta-analysis (MBMA) and clinical trial simulations (CTS) into programs and thereby strengthening our pharmacometric capabilities on a continuous basis in decision making and driving pipeline impact.The Director will have the ability to independently develop and deploy comparator models across different therapeutic areas. In addition, the individual will be accountable for coaching/mentoring talented pharmacometricians with diverse backgrounds to drive portfolio impact.

Directors (Pharmacometrics) are expected to provide expertise in one or more of the pharmacometrics capabilities through the following responsibilities.

  • Responsible for achieving results on major program deliverables by identifying, driving the development and implementation of one or more novel quantitative approaches that seek to improve cycle time, cost/size, number of trials, clinical trial design and Go/No Go decisions

  • Serve as a subject matter expert and foster collaboration within QP2 and across functions to plan and execute novel analyses such as MBMA for informed decision making on programs

  • Mentor and/or supervise junior colleagues to perform the above duties and to develop the above capabilities

  • Leverage significant pharmacometric and subject matter expertise in a broad range of therapeutic areas, modalities and stages of drug discovery/development to independently provide day-to-day coaching/guidance to individual contributors

Required Experience:

  • (a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with at least 7 years of experience) OR (a PharmD or equivalent degree with at least 9 years of experience) OR (an MS or equivalent degree with at least 11 years of experience), where “experience” means having a record of increasing responsibility and independence in a similar role in pharmaceutical drug development or academia

  • Educational background in pharmacometrics, pharmaceutical sciences, mathematics, statistics/biostatistics, computational biology/chemistry, chemical/biomedical engineering, or a related field

  • Extensive experience in performing pharmacometrics analyses such as MBMA and CTS using standard pharmacometric software (e.g. NONMEM, R, Monolix, etc.)

  • Deep expertise in pharmacometrics with ability to understand how MIDD can drive portfolio and regulatory decisions

  • Deep knowledge of drug development, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology principles required

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in performing pharmacometric analyses such as population pharmacokinetics (PopPK), pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic models, exposure-response models using NONMEM, R, Monolix, etc.

  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and problem scoping and planning

  • Strong interpersonal skills that ensure teamwork and productive interactions among diverse personalities/areas of expertise

  • Excellent communication Skills including ability to effectively present complex data, development plans and strategies to various audiences in both verbal and written form, steer and influence interpretations (including impact) and conclusions for reports and regulatory documents that are clear and concise

  • Demonstrated external visibility in the field of pharmacometrics, through publications, presentations, and involvement in professional organizations

  • Experience in developing quantitative strategies impacting pipeline decisions

  • Ability to participate in and to steer an interdisciplinary team, and to oversee the work of other scientists


"This (remote) position is only applicable for those that are not within commutable distance to primary sites noted in posting. Please note that standard commute is (less than) <50 miles."


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Expected salary range:

$181,600.00 - $285,800.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here ( .

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Business Intelligence (BI), Database Design, Data Engineering, Data Modeling, Data Science, Data Visualization, Machine Learning, Project Management, Software Development, Stakeholder Relationship Management

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Job Posting End Date: 07/31/2024

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Requisition ID: R301521