Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vertex-Clinical Scientist
Location: BOSTON, Massachusetts
Specialty Practice Areas:
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About the Opportunity:
Northeastern University’s Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program is a two-year fellowship designed to advance the education and training of Pharm.D. graduates in various areas of industry pharmacy including regulatory affairs, medical information/affairs, patient safety, outcomes research, and many other areas. The program is a collaboration between Northeastern University and biopharmaceutical industry partners.
Our program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:
Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series
Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary
Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
In partnership with Northeastern University, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Vertex) is offering a two-year Clinical Scientist PharmD fellowship based in Boston, Massachusetts.
We are not accepting PPS interview requests. Applicants must apply through our career portal to be considered for this position. Apply today using the link at the end of this posting!
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. The company has multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) — a rare, life-threatening genetic disease — and has several ongoing clinical and research programs in CF. Beyond CF, Vertex has a robust clinical pipeline of investigational small molecule, mRNA, cell and genetic therapies (including gene editing) in other serious diseases where it has deep insight into causal human biology, including sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia, APOL1-mediated kidney disease, acute and neuropathic pain, type 1 diabetes and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex's global headquarters is now located in Boston's Innovation District and its international headquarters is in London. Additionally, the company has research and development sites and commercial offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry's top places to work, including 13 consecutive years on Science magazine's Top Employers list and one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. For company updates and to learn more about Vertex's history of innovation, visit www.vrtx.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
Clinical Scientist Position Description and Responsibilities:
The Clinical Scientist fellow will act as a key clinical interface with the Medical Lead to provide scientific, clinical, and operational input to our Vertex Cell & Gene Therapy programs, working on cross-functional study
teams for the design, execution, and monitoring of clinical trials, as well as assisting with data interpretation and communication.
This role will also serve as a point of contact for external collaborations with clinical investigators and thought leaders. The Clinical Scientist fellow may participate in selected projects in clinical development and will learn various aspects of the drug-development process, while focusing on specified deliverables for a specific program.
Activities will include program team involvements and presentation skills development. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to interact with, and learn from, other groups at Vertex, with an aim of providing a broader understanding of drug development.
Clinical Scientist Fellowship Objectives
Work with cross-functional teams to conduct clinical studies, including preparation of meeting materials, safety and medical monitoring, preparation of status update reports, and study close-out activities
Support Medical Lead with medical monitoring reports, safety reviews, site interactions, and reviewing TFLs. Responsible for analytical support of clinical trial data (safety and efficacy), including gathering, analyzing, reviewing, interpreting, and providing preliminary assessments and recommendations to the Medical Lead. Analyze and synthesize information to assess issues relating to protocol conduct and/or individual subject safety. Assist in communicating a clear overview of trial results
Provide support for Data Monitoring Committees including operationalizing the charter, preparing updates and blinded data reviews, execution of meetings and adjudications, and communication of synthesized data reports
Contribute to protocols, clinical study reports, IBs, ICFs, training documents, and other clinical documents under the direction of the Medical Lead
Lead interactions with internal and external stakeholders (study sites, vendors, committees, etc.) in support of clinical trial objectives
Represent Vertex to outside personnel in the development of clinical protocols and study conduct
Contribute to the organization, preparation, and execution of investigator and advisory board meetings in collaboration with the project team and external vendors
Present and support preparation of scientific material for conference presentations or publications
Collaborate with cross-functional groups at Vertex for assigned programs as the clinical representative and liaison to the therapeutic area
Learn about other functions within Global Medicines Development Affairs through ongoing interactions and rotational experiences
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts.
Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.
Strong interest in pursuing a career at Vertex
Strong verbal, written communication, interpersonal, listening, and organizational skills
Ability to work in a diverse environment
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a matrix organization
Sense of urgency and perseverance to achieve results
Unquestionable ethics, and professional integrity
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31, 2024
Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
Unofficial PharmD transcripts, uploaded
Cover letter, uploaded
Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by November 29th, 2024. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam, GSK).
Address cover letter and three LORs to:
J. Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships Program offers a variety of two-year post-PharmD research fellowships. We aim to provide fellows with a dynamic environment to develop industry and academic skills to be leaders in their fields.
With the rich biopharmaceutical landscape of Greater Boston as a backdrop, our programs offer the fellow an opportunity to work with innovative industry partners in a variety of specialty areas while partnering with Northeastern University faculty in the areas of research, scholarship, and teaching.