Scientific Affairs and Epidemiology Lead, Tick borne diseases


This position will assume a global field epidemiology role for Tick borne diseases. The position will have responsibility for overseeing and ensuring the scientific success of epidemiologic and other studies related to Tick Borne infections by working with Pfizer's North American team, the International Developed Markets team as well as colleagues in global medical affairs, vaccine research and development, regulatory, commercial, public affairs, and health economics and outcomes research and with country staff in specific target countries. Using medical expertise, the position will provide input into epidemiologic aspects of studies such as clinical case definitions, enrollment criteria, defining catchment areas and denominator populations, and clinical decision-making algorithms. This position will participate in regulatory strategies including preparation for VCLT discussion, scientific revision to critical reports and medical documents for regulatory submissions. The position will be supported by a Clinical Affairs team that has responsibility for study implementation, budget management and tracking, contracting, and statistics/analysis to ensure implementation success.

  • Take the primary lead for developing the field based epidemiology and other science related to adult tick borne infections and vaccines, public health decision-making and vaccine implementation primarily in North America and Europe:
    • Act as the lead resource for ensuring integration of epidemiologic information and other scientific information (disease burden, public health value, etc.)
    • Act as the lead resource for overseeing and coordinating epidemiologic activities related to Tick borne Diseases (TBE and Lyme disease).
    • Define data gaps in target areas
    • Define epidemiology and other scientific research and data priorities
    • Lead field epidemiology studies in the region involving primary data collection
    • Lead epidemiology studies in the region involving secondary analyses of real-world data.
    • Oversee the development of common strategies across study sites within the target regions and globally, including common protocols, case report forms, and databases
    • Develop innovative approaches to answering global questions - primarily epidemiologic - related to TBE and Lyme disease.
    • Identify, establish, and maintain relationships with external partners that can collaborate with high priority global studies
    • Provide input to all aspects of study design (e.g., methodology, protocols, analytic plans) for high priority epidemiologic and other scientific studies of importance such as Vaccine Technical Committee recommendations, schedules, public payer options etc.
    • Assist with development of clinical case definitions, enrollment criteria, defining catchment areas and denominator populations, and clinical decision-making algorithms for studies.
    • Work with internal and external experts to publish data in peer-reviewed manuscripts, including taking the lead for writing the first draft of these manuscripts.
    • Work with internal and external experts to develop abstracts and present data for scientific congresses, including taking the lead for writing and presenting
    • Identify key topics appropriate for advisory boards

  • Work with the Global Medical Lead to define positions on global issues related to the epidemiology and other science of TBE and Lyme vaccines and take the lead for publishing these positions.
  • Act as the initial epidemiology point of contact for scientific questions related to TBE and Lyme vaccine commercial, regulatory, and policy issues and provide information/data to support internal staff working on commercial, regulatory, and medical affairs planning
  • Accountable for the collection of epidemiologic data in target regions necessary for developing TBE and Lyme vaccines product labels.
  • Take the lead in writing original manuscripts each year (such as conceptual manuscripts, position manuscripts, systematic reviews, or where appropriate manuscripts based on original data).
  • Participate in the Epidemiology Sub-committee (ESC) and Medical Scientific Committee, both of which review external study proposals

  • Medical degree (MD) with experience and expertise in vaccinology and field-based epidemiology.
  • PhD or MPH with relevant experience for the role
  • 5 - 7 years of experience in vaccine-related or vaccine-preventable disease related medical/scientific activities including research, clinical development, epidemiological, and immunization programs.
  • Experience in "zoonotic infections" and ability to understand the complex interplay between host/vector and environment on BoD and transmission dynamics
  • Ability to conduct independent data analyses and familiarity witha least one statistical software program (SPSS, Stata, R, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with participating in a matrixed team.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead across diverse cultures and geographies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including scientific writing skills as evidence by lead authorship in at least 5 peer-reviewed publications in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to influence and succeed through others and to form excellent relationships with key cross-functional stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic, and proven track record of delivering high quality within timelines.
  • Willingness to travel (approximately 20% may be required, although substantially less currently)
  • Fluent in English writing, reading, speaking
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Knowledge of immunization programs and groups such as Gavi/WHO, and an established network of KOLs within the vaccine field and relationships with established academic institutions

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: September 30, 2021

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