Scientist I-II, Modeling & Simulations (Pop PKPD) at Vertex

Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 10, 2018
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. In addition to our clinical development programs focused on cystic fibrosis, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs aimed at other serious and life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex today has research and development sites and commercial offices in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. For four years in a row, Science magazine has named Vertex one of its Top Employers in the life sciences. For additional information and the latest updates from the Company, please visit

Modeling & Simulation (M&S) methodologies plays an increasingly important role in the development of new drugs within Vertex Pharmaceuticals. We are seeking a Scientist I-II, Modeling & Simulations to add to our Modeling & Simulations group. The successful candidate will combine strong pharmacometric skills with a deep biological understanding and will be responsible for executing M&S strategies and activities in cross functional drug development project teams in close collaboration with colleagues in Clinical Pharmacology, Biostatistics, Research and other colleagues within the R&D organization. Specific experience and interest in working in Pop PKPD required.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Development and execution Modeling & Simulation plans and analyses fully integrated with the overall development plans
  • By using state of the art Modeling & Simulation methodologies strongly contribute to critical decision making like study design, dose selection, probability of success estimation etc.
  • Independently perform mechanism based PKPD and population PK and PKPD-analyses, Clinical trial simulations and other model based analyses on a regular basis.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of our M&S capability by supporting training activities, evaluating and incorporating new M&S tools as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical sciences, Pharmacometrics, Clinical pharmacology, mathematics, statistics, or other quantitative discipline with an emphasis on Pharmacometrics and PKPD modeling
  • 0-5+ yrs post PhD hands-on experience in the application of Pharmacometric and other Modeling methodologies in the context of drug research & development in industry, academia or regulatory agencies.
  • A solid understanding of biology, pharmacokinetic and quantitative pharmacology (PKPD) principles.
  • Excellent hands-on skills in population PK and PKPD modeling, mechanistic PKPD modeling, Clinical trial simulations, Disease progression modeling etc.
  • Excellent  skills  in the use of NonMem, PsN,  R, Phoenix, and similar tools
  • Demonstrated strong leadership-, collaborative and influencing skills
  • Excellent, verbal and written communication skills

Preferred :

  • Experience working in clinical development teams and integrating the use of PK/PD modeling and/or modeling of complex biological system

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