Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Clinical Scientist
Location: BOSTON, Massachusetts
Required Education: PharmD
Internal Number: R108843
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Position: Northeastern University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Clinical Scientist
The Northeastern University Fellowship 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
Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery
Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in the respiratory, nephrology, pain, and cell and gene therapy disease space, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other rare diseases. Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, our corporate headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District, and our international headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. We currently employ approximately 4,300 people in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America with nearly two-thirds of our staff dedicated to research and development. At Vertex, we have some of the industry's best and brightest people helping us achieve our mission of discovering transformative medicines to help people with serious diseases. We depend on a talented global workforce to lead the charge as we work toward developing tomorrow's breakthrough medicines. The broad background possessed by a Pharm.D. graduate is highly valued in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, and certainly here at Vertex.
Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals will be partnering to offer a two-year Doctor of Pharmacy Clinical Scientist Fellowship Program at Vertex in Boston, MA starting July 2023. The Clinical Scientist will work as a key clinical interface working with the Medical Lead to provide scientific, clinical, and operational input to our Vertex Cell & Gene Therapy programs. This role will work on cross-functional study teams for the design, execution, and monitoring of clinical trials, as well as assist with data interpretation and communication. This role will also serve as a point of contact for external collaborations with clinical investigators and thought leaders. This individual may also participate in selected projects in clinical development. The Clinical Scientist Fellow 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.
Key Experiences During Program
Work with cross-functional team 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 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.
Collaborates with cross-functional groups at Vertex for assigned programs as the clinical representative and liaison to the therapeutic area.
Learning about other functions within Global Medicines Development & Affairs (GMDA) 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 Vertex 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
Additional Information: Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of October 31st, 2022:
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 28th, 2022. 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
360 Huntington Ave, 140TF R218
Boston, MA 02115
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
The NORTHEASTERN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides fellows with dynamic biopharmaceutical industry experiences with the benefits of an academic environment. Over two-years, fellows work at one of the partner companies located in the greater Boston and Cambridge, MA areas and at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy.
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