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Job Title: Research Scientist
Position Title: FoCUS Project Director

This role offers an opportunity to help shape the future of biomedical innovation thereby ensuring the right medicines are reaching the right patients quickly and sustainably for all parties. Drawing on a background in translational medicine, the Project Director will oversee the FoCUS project, direct and lead the TAG teams for gene therapies, durable oncology treatments, and antibiotics; develop and manage the supporting research arm, set ongoing project strategy and deliverables, solicit project funding, sponsors and members, serve as a disseminator of FoCUS outputs.

Position Overview:

The FoCUS Project Director will utilize experience and training in specified disease areas, health economics and financing to achieve project goals. The FoCUS Project Director will report to the NEWDIGS Executive Director and will supervise the work of the Health Economics and Financing Research Lead and Project Coordinator.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

The candidate for this position will perform the following essential functions:

  • Creation and execution of Project Strategy to fulfill FoCUS objectives and goals
  • Identify and solicit potential sponsors, secure necessary funding for the project to reach its annual goals; ensure ongoing representation and participation of all stakeholder groups
  • Keep abreast of current market developments; propose disease areas that would fit the criteria for additional TAGs as appropriate with a marketing strategy and funding plan.
  • Take the lead in the planning and execution of the regular case-based design labs; working with the Director of Operations and Design Lab Facilitator on workshop details
  • Direct oversight of each TAG Team including
  • Leading all Target Area Groups- inclusive of agenda setting, materials resourcing, stakeholder engagement strategies, coordinating with the research team on the creation of financing and reimbursement modeling and simulation designs that will fulfill the TAG objectives
  • Stimulate discussions and negotiate with potential implementation partners for real world pilot testing. Once partners are identified, engage in the planning on a meaningful level, securing support and providing assistance as appropriate. After pilot launch, ensure continued FoCUS involvement in tracking and reporting on progress and outcomes.
  • Develop impact metrics and set up tracking system for the project as a whole and for each TAG
  • Provide regular and timely updates to the NEWDIGS leadership team on the project progress
  • Management of the Research Lead inclusive of ensuring the timely delivery of appropriate modeling and simulation plans and results which fulfill TAG objectives and design needs
  • Prepare and deliver project reports through oral presentations to small, medium and large audiences on an ad hoc basis, at major national and international industry conferences, to both technical and nontechnical audiences, and at NEWDIGS Design Labs as necessary
  • Work closely with key external stakeholders such as US and foreign government officials, academic collaborators, and staff at domestic and foreign industrial organizations to achieve FoCUS goals
  • Collaborate with MIT NEWDIGS team on budget, HR issues as necessary
  • Other duties in line with overall job responsibilities as requested

Other duties as required; this position is funded by research and will be an annual position with opportunity for renewal dependent upon funding.

Supervision Received:   NEWDIGS Executive Director will supervise the FoCUS Project Director

Supervision Exercised:  Project Director will supervise the Project Coordinator and the Health Economics and Finance Research Lead, as well as directly manage the volunteer TAG teams

Qualifications & Skills REQUIRED:

  • Minimum of Master’s Degree, PhD preferred in relevant science field, health economics, finance, pharmaceutical administration, or other related fields
  • 7+ years’ experience planning and managing projects involving pharmaceutical products, including commercial strategy, health economics/outcomes, and/or financing.
  • 3+ years’ management experience required, consortium team leadership experience a plus
  • Proven experience in biomedical innovation and/or translational medicine; broad understanding of and interest in the current political and economic landscape related to financing of curative therapies in the United States
  • Subject matter expertise in a minimum of 2 out of 3 TAG fields (gene therapies, oncology, antibiotics)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated publication history and experience presenting at major industry conferences
  • Experience with large scale data analytics, machine learning, data visualization, statistics desirable
  • Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary team environment and across multiple projects within fast paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Must be team oriented and able to work with a range of stakeholders, outside of field of expertise
  • Independent, strategic thinker who thrives working in a team;
  • Proven managerial and problem solving capabilities;
  • Strong and compelling communication skills (writing and public speaking);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with clients and partners

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

Candidates must submit applications via the MIT human resources website.
Job Number: 14455.
Department: Center for Biomedical Innovation
School Area: Engineering
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes
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Job Title: Research Specialist
Position Title: FoCUS Finance Research Specialist

MIT NEW Drug Development ParadIGmS (NEWDIGS) is an international “think and do tank” dedicated to delivering more value, faster to patients in ways that work for all stakeholders. The FoCUS (Financing and Reimbursement of Cures in the US) project will assemble teams of stakeholders from industry, payers, investors, regulatory agencies, patient advocacy groups, and research universities to create innovative financing and reimbursement models for curative medicines to address the initial priorities of gene therapies and durable oncology treatments. More may be added as the project progresses.

Position Overview:

FoCUS is looking for a research specialist in healthcare financial engineering to join the team of researchers with health economics and econometrics backgrounds to work on the design of financial system scenarios which incorporate perspectives and potential financial methodologies that work for all stakeholders (patients, payers, developers, third-party reinsurers and support services) in solving the issues surrounding the payment of curative therapies. The Finance Research Specialist will participate in disease specific Target Area Group (TAG) meetings and NEWDIGS Design Labs*; will assist in modeling and simulation sizing and execution, conduct rigorous research needed to support the project in various elements (micro and macro analysis, market characteristics, payer perspectives survey etc.) contribute to the dissemination of findings through oral and written channels including presentations before large and small groups and co-authoring publishable papers. The Finance Research Specialist is a full time position and will report to the FoCUS Health Economics and Finance Research Lead.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Working with the research team and TAGs, assist in the creation and execution of research designs that will appropriately address the needs of the modeling and simulation required to fulfill the TAG objectives:
    • Under the direction of the Research Lead, design and implement research protocols; gather and analyze data, perform complex analytical and programming tasks with limited direction, identify methodological challenges related to the work and helping to resolve or elevate these within the research team.
    • Provide analytic and program evaluation support
    • Help assemble, clean, and manage data sets derived from multiple sources.
    • Serve as an in-house expert on quantitative methods and their application to the modeling and financing scenarios
    • Conduct rigorous research to inform the design of finance system scenarios and as required by the modeling and simulation plans
    • Provide assistance on request in pilot implementation and planning
  • Be a conscientious team member, contributing to overall project success by keeping current on the latest scholarly research on the current political and economic situation related to financing of curative therapies in the United States
  • Assist with payer segmentation interviews, perform data analyses, synthesize and apply relevant extant research to determine which financial system models and scenarios would prove acceptable to the stakeholder group.
  • Participate in the documenting of research results for dissemination across a variety of platforms
    • Prepare and deliver research details through oral presentations to small, medium and large audiences on an ad hoc basis, at major academic conferences, to nontechnical audiences, and at NEWDIGS Design Labs as necessary
    • Create research publications from research findings
  • Other duties as requested

Supervision Received: FoCUS Health Economics and Research Lead will provide direct supervision to the Finance Research Specialist.

Supervision Exercised: None

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Finance, Finance Systems Engineering, Financial Analysis, Business Administration or related degree with an emphasis on quantitative and economic analysis. Individuals pursuing or are recent recipients of a PhD preferred.
  • 3+ years’ experience planning and executing research projects involving modeling and simulation designs in the field of health economics and/or finance
  • Experience and/or interest in biomedical innovation and/or translational medicine; understanding of and interest in the current political and economic situation related to financing of curative therapies in the United States would be helpful
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated publication history and experience presenting research at major academic conferences and to nontechnical audiences
  • Experience with basic office applications, statistics, and statistical programs (e.g., R, SPSS, Stata, or SAS)
  • Experience with large scale data analytics, image processing, machine learning, and data visualization desirable
  • Ability to work independently in a multidisciplinary team environment and across multiple projects
  • Must be team oriented and able to work with a range of stakeholders, outside of field of expertise

About MIT NEWDIGSMIT NEW Drug Development ParadIGmS (NEWDIGS) is an international “think and do tank” dedicated to delivering more value faster to patients, in ways that work for all stakeholders. NEWDIGS designs, evaluates, and initiates advancements that are too complex and cross-cutting to be addressed by a single organization or market sector. Its collaborators include global leaders in biomedical research and development, coverage and reimbursement, regulation, clinical care, and patient advocacy, among others. For more information, visit http://newdigs.mit.edu

About FoCUS
Medical research is making significant advances toward treatments that cure major diseases, but these treatments will often entail very high up-front costs. This initiative targets the need for new innovative financing and reimbursement models for curative medicines in the US that ensure (1) patient access for needed treatments; (2) affordability for public and private payers; and (3) the sustainability of innovation by manufacturers. FoCUS activities center on the design, rapid cycle prototyping, and piloting of financing and reimbursement models for curative therapies in the US, with launch of the first pilot targeted for 2017. All pilots will be rigorously evaluated, and learnings will be disseminated broadly to inform implementation and scale up. Initial priorities for action are: curative gene therapies, durable oncology treatments, and antibiotics.

** To comply with regulations by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.

Candidates must submit applications via the MIT human resources website.
Job Number: 14912
Functional Area: Research – Other
Department: Center for Biomedical Innovation
School Area: Engineering
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
https://careers.mit.edu/