Director - Epidemiologist

Basic qualifications:

  1. MD or PharmD with Master's Degree (MS or MPH) or equivalent postgraduate qualification in Epidemiology OR PhD Epidemiologist in infectious diseases and/ or vaccine-related epidemiology.

  2. Formal training in clinical epidemiology/public health including pharmaco-epidemiology.

  3. Formal training in Infectious Disease Epidemiology is an asset.

  4. Having experience in writing protocols, driving epidemiological studies, interpretation of complex data and presentation at scientific congresses and writing scientific papers is needed.

  5. Preferred level of education: MD or PhD Epidemiologist in infectious diseases and/ or vaccine-related epidemiology.

  6. Experience required: Minimum 5 years of work experience in infectious disease and/ or vaccine-related epidemiology. Previous experience in the pharmaceutical sector is an asset.

  7. Other job-related skills /background:
  • Significant experience of working with public health institutions and pharmaceutical company.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of public health/vaccines and the biomedical research regulation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of causes of infectious diseases, health interventions and the global public health landscape.
  • Proven track record of managing complex programmes.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a diversified ethnic groups and have the ability to build rapport across the spectrum.
  • Excellent people and team management skills.
  • Strategic thinking skills and achievement oriented.
  • Able to critically analyse information, identify strengths and weaknesses of approaches and develop remedial actions to mitigate risks.
  • Ability to understand high level corporate and business objectives: rapid, flexible, innovative working and decision making.
  • Executive capability with strategic planning & budget processes such as analytical thinking.
  • Strong leadership, coalition-building and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Preferred qualifications:

Please see "Basic Qualifications"


Job Purpose:

To be responsible for Epidemiological studies within a large program or group of related programs (led by a Clinical and Epidemiology Research & Development Project Lead - CEPL) within the context of the GSK Vaccines process in order to ensure the high quality and on-time delivery of all epi data that will allow and support world-wide registration in compliance with the clinical and epi development plan, applicable good practices, and GSK Vaccines standard operating procedures (SOP).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure appropriate strategic decision/management and conduct of epidemiological activities at project and, when necessary, at study levels. Contribute to the development of strategies for and manage new development efforts in epidemiology, surveillance and related fields.
  • Maintain oversight and strategic intent for the work done by the epidemiologists.
  • Lead as first line epidemiologist some high priority/strategic/complex studies/activities such as post authorization commitments. Primary responsibility for development of study design and data collection for epi studies.
  • Author final report summarizing study results. Write and co-author manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications. Make presentations to the scientific, medical and public health communities at national and international meetings.
  • Ensure that the appropriate links and collaborations are made with: the Health Economics and the Medical Affairs groups, the clinical operational teams and other GSK partners (such as commercial, regulatory, safety, and early research for the next generations of vaccines).
  • Provide epidemiological expertise to the Global Medical Asset Leads and to the Project Teams to better define the business strategy for the products, to improve design of clinical/epidemiological research programs, to support regulatory activities.
  • Attend the technical committee from review of epidemiological studies as a core member and contribute effectively to the scientific, ethical, operational review and approval of epidemiological study proposals for GSK Vaccines.
  • Provide support to Regional Epidemiologists as needed.
  • Contribute to cross functional activities as epidemiologist representative: task forces/working groups, development of policies/guidance's related to epidemiology activities and also organizational work stream.
  • Partner with external groups conducting epi and other community studies globally; initiate and manage external collaborations globally.
  • The incumbent will manage multiple epidemiological studies running concurrently within a large program or group of products/vaccine development area or all trials within a mid-size program.

Problem Solving & Innovation:

  • Ability to translate scientific skills in the field of epidemiology into business driven strategies.

Ability to handle a high degree of change in priority projects. Ability to deal calmly with complex managerial and technical issues. Diplomacy and cross-cultural sensitivity.

  • Ability to work well within a matrix environment, balance priorities, and handle multiple tasks through good planning, project administration, and organization skills.
  • Need to accomplish the task within a continuously changing environment (clinical development priorities, regulatory aspects, medical needs, safety discussions, etc…).


  • Need for networking/influencing in and beyond the Clinical RDC department, to be able to deal with competing priorities.
  • Proven influencing skills with the demonstrated ability to act with confidence and credibility in- and outside GSK.
  • Work with vast diversity of roles at different levels within GSK.
  • Regular interactions with outside experts and collaborators, as well on the scientific aspects of the different projects, as on the competitive environment, the evolution of vaccine recommendations by worldwide regulatory agencies, answering questions from authorities on different aspects of our vaccines, collaboration on joined projects with competition etc…
  • Work in global and matrix organization.

Interact with the different regions worldwide regions.

  • Interact with external stakeholders of different cultures, having different interests (e.g.: WHO, academic institutions; public health agencies, contract research organizations, …).

Our Offer:

At GSK we provide a supportive working environment, and a range of development challenges and opportunities. We also offer competitive benefits and compensation packages designed to attract and to retain the very best. GSK is proud to promote an open culture, encouraging people to be themselves and giving their ideas a chance to flourish. GSK is an equal opportunity employer.

Our Department:

Patient-focused Research and Development (R&D) is the heart of our business. Our R&D department seeks to discover and develop new vaccines, to protect against diseases where vaccines are not yet available and to improve on those vaccines that already exist. Part of our R&D programme targets diseases particularly prevalent in the developing world, including the World Health Organisation's three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Research into candidate vaccines for other diseases of the developing world, such as dengue are at an earlier stage of development.

When it comes to developing the vaccines of the future, we're looking for real experts in their respective fields who are interested in working in the stimulating environment of an international healthcare company.

We emphasise the value of teamwork and we look for people ready to share our values of transparency, respect, integrity and patient focus.

Our Company:

GSK is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

GSK Vaccines is one of the world's leading vaccine companies, with a comprehensive portfolio of 39 vaccines for infants, adolescents and adults and 15 more in development. We have more than 16,000 people working worldwide to deliver nearly 2 (1.9) million vaccines every day to people in around 90% (172) of the world's countries.

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