4817321 Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Medical Epidemiology

Pfizer’s Worldwide Research, Development and Medical (WRDM) Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides trainees with opportunities to deliver high-impact research that increases understanding of human disease mechanisms and therapy while receiving high-quality and committed mentorship. The program also provides professional development with multiple training opportunities and experiences. Pfizer’s Global Medical Epidemiology (GME), a part of WRDM, is recruiting for a postdoctoral fellow.

GME conducts epidemiologic research, often by using large databases, to generate a better understanding of disease context and clinical outcomes and improve medical decision-making. The three pillars of GME’s remit are: (i) Regulatory Use of Epidemiology Data, (ii) Disease Natural History Studies to inform Clinical Trial Design, and (iii) the Epidemiology of Disease Disparities.  GME’s impacts include improving the efficiency and likelihood of success of early phase clinical trials, building more robust benefit-risk profiles to provide a more thorough assessment of new products, and incorporating these insights to support regulatory filings. GME’s value is based on deeper understanding of disease that improves quality and precision of Pfizer medical decisions.

  • Design and conduct a natural history study with a Senior Epidemiologist mentor in the selected therapeutic area, including:
  • Propose and implement various components of GME deliverables for development and product/asset teams, including:


Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Epidemiology or a related Quantitative Public Health discipline, and have graduated within the past 3 years
  • Previous publications:
    • If this is a first postdoctoral post: 1‑2 first-author publications (published or manuscripts submitted for publication) in high quality specialty or general readership journals.
    • If this is a second postdoctoral post: 2-4 first-author publications (published or manuscripts submitted for publication) in high quality specialty or general readership journals.
  • Direct experience conducting research using real-world data (RWD) including disease registries, electronic health records (EHR) and claims databases, and understanding of the strengths and limitations of RWD in context of designing epidemiologic studies
  • Demonstrated depth of understanding of observational research methods, comparative effectiveness research, health care and data science trends, and ability to leverage epidemiologic and data science expertise to meet evolving business needs
  • Interpersonal skills to seamlessly interact on scientific issues


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experienced in managing meetings / projects
  • Creative skills in designing and using alternative approaches, new solutions, or innovations
  • Experience in standardizing and optimizing processes for ease of implementation
  • Practical experience with implementation of observational or experimental studies
  • Ability to prioritize and operate in a fast business environment, while not compromising on scientific quality and rigor