Director, Global Clinical Epidemiology, Tick Borne infections

New York City, New York
Sep 28, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

The Director, Global Clinical Epidemiology has responsibility for the design, placement, conduct, analysis, and reporting of global epidemiologic research studies on assigned Pfizer products. This role will support the execution of the strategy set forth for Tick borne Diseases for generating required epidemiological evidence for vaccine-technical committees, reimbursement authorities, and regulatory submissions for both currently-licensed and pipeline vaccines.

include and are not limited to the following

The primary focus of this position is infectious diseases (ID) and vaccines. Although staff are expected to develop primary subject matter expertise in one or more therapeutic areas (e.g. TBE and Lyme), staff may receive assignments in any therapeutic area depending on need.

•Designs and coordinates all aspects of epidemiologic research programs, including study design, protocol preparation, directing design and preparation of data collection forms and data tabulations, preparing data summaries/reports, publications (e.g. scientific manuscripts, abstracts, posters, internal and external presentations), systematic reviews, and technical reports.

•Design and conduct observational studies using either existing healthcare databases or through primary data collection. Develop study analysis plan based on the study concept and database specification.

•Develops innovative ideas and mid-term plans for new research projects and leads/co-leads these studies with unique complexity. Relies independently on technical expertise, foresight, and judgment.

•Directs and implements data management activities to ensure high quality. Performs analyses to process and summarize epidemiologic data. Determines own approach to tasks and independently applies basic and more complex techniques. Recognizes when additional statistical and programming consultation is needed and communicates requirements effectively. Maintains awareness of internal and external data resources and identifies appropriate studies for addressing questions of interest, recognizing the limitations and strengths of various design options. Independently performs data queries and summarizes epidemiologic information tabularly and graphically.

•Must have experience working with data management/statistics software (e.g., SAS or R or Excel) to implement data management activities. Must have experience building data sets using publicly available data (e.g., surveillance reports). Must have ability to respond quickly and capably to answer immediate and rapid data queries.

•Proactively works with other groups (e.g., global medical affairs, global clinical affairs, and regional medical teams, global PHI, statistics) to identify epidemiologic research needs for projects, and works interactively to develop research studies to address such needs.

•Develops and validates new measurement techniques. Critiques internally and externally written manuscripts/published literature. Provides epidemiologic consultation on observational research designs, analysis, and interpretation (ie, serves as an advisor).

•Prepares reports to communicate epidemiologic study results to Pfizer management, internal committees, external investigators, and regulatory agencies. Collaborates with other groups at Pfizer in preparing documentation for vaccine technical committees, regulatory agencies, reimbursement agencies or other organizations.


  • MA/MS/MPH in Epidemiology (or closely-related field) with at least 5 - 7 years of relevant work experience
  • 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 with a least one statistical software program (SPSS, Stata, R, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with participating in a matrixed team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work 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)


  • 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
  • Knowledge and experience using innovative machine learning and AI tools to complement orthodox epidemiological methods in vaccinology

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.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment.  As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

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