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Medical Affairs Scientist Rare Disease – RWE

Rome, Italy.

The focus of the Rare Disease group is to transform thousands of patients and families lives by working together collaboratively to create innovative programs that serve the rare disorders patient community.

Pfizer is hiring a Passionate, Talented, Innovative Medical Affairs Scientist (MAS) responsible for Real World Evidence (RWE) in Rare Disease (RD) Medical Affairs Department.

The hiring of the MAS RD, Real World Evidence fits the iTALent purpose, providing a rare growth and development opportunity to lead scientific innovation in our Rare Disease Therapeutic Areas.

The MAS RD, Real World Evidence will report to the Italy Rare Disease Medical Director.

Why Patients Need You

  • MAS RWE Scientists are urgently needed at Pfizer to grow an industry-leading team who will address the continuously growing demand for evidence amidst a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape in line with Pfizer’s purpose of delivering breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.
  • The MAS RWE Scientist provides expertise on integrated, end-to-end RWE optimization, education, communication and maximization of data generation value within Rare Disease (RD) Medical Affairs Department in Italy to meet both core and innovative Development, Medical, Regulatory and Commercial, Access needs, ensure the best conditions of access to the market and respond to requests from authorities and/or medical departments that support Pfizer breakthroughs that change patients’ lives.
  • The MAS RWE Scientist supports the Medical Affair (MA) for strategic collaborations with external experts from academia, research institutions and other public or private partners on multiple disciplines (data science, biostatistics, epidemiology, advanced analytics, and AI) to conduct innovative RWE related projects.

Key Experience Offer of this Role

  • External Ambassador: Leading the conversation to focus the narrative on the value of our science;
  • Patient first: great opportunity of partnership with Medical Leads, Health & Value and RWE Leads at a Local and Global level to build a strong value proposition for our Rare Disease assets.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities for RWE to answer important and relevant research questions in collaboration with the Country Medical team, RWE platform team and, when appropriate, in alignment with Country Health & Value (cH&V) team.
  • In collaboration with Medical BU and cH&V recommend appropriate RWE studies to generate credible and high quality data/evidence that is of direct relevance to local decision-makers including: publications to support local price & reimbursement dossiers according to AIFA guidelines, from first registration to extension of indications (observational studies, epidemiology, natural history, budget impact,…), effectiveness and product use in a real-world setting collected through early access programs or post-marketing surveillance, and possibly address any evidence need that would support local decision-making throughout the medicine life cycle.
  • Coordinate daily activities to ensure timely and compliant execution of RWE strategic plan with appropriate internal and partner analytic resources and tools.
  • Collaborate with Medical Affairs team and RWE platform team to design/develop RWE scientific protocols/studies.
  • Keep abreast of methodological advances, regulatory standards, legal framework and novel trends in terms of use of RWE.
  • Provide guidance to internal and external stakeholders on standard methodological approaches to support RWE related projects and on how to implement the collection and synthesis of RWD in medical research.

What You Offer

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience working in real world data analytics in healthcare, clinical or translational research, pharmaceutical Research & Development, or similar
  • 5+ years’ experience with a proven successful track record of scientific analysis for Non-Interventional Studies, healthcare analytics, RWE generation, other research studies or clinical quality improvement studies, with deep subject matter expertise on commonly used sources of RWD, including claims databases, Electronic Health records, registries, patient participating research networks and other sources
  • Ability to independently develop research questions into scientifically rigorous and feasible analytical plans based on best available RWD sources, including explanation of pros/cons for different sources
  • Strong experience in communicating in verbal and written form with all levels of personnel with diverse backgrounds, and able to create and deliver clear presentations
  • Ability to rapidly learn new domains to understand the latest scientific or medical findings and incorporate them into projects as appropriate; to interpret data dictionaries and other technical documentation
  • Ability to critically evaluate analytic results against the literature, subject matter expert feedback or other reliable sources to ensure biological and medical credibility in alignment with cross-functional team strategy / priorities
  • Experience working under pressure with a high level of autonomy and internal motivation and adapting rapidly within evolving digital environment
  • Adherence to Pfizer Values: Courage, Excellence, Equity and Joy.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience in RWE analytics within the biopharmaceutical or healthcare consulting industries;

a Master’s degree/PHD in Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, Public Health, HEOR, Epidemiology, Biostatistics/Statistics, or Other Biological Science fields with a substantial quantitative and computational component, or other related fields; or commensurate professional experience

5+ years of experience in four or more of the following:

  • Experience in clinical registry, patient generated health data, unstructured clinical data and other health data sources
  • Understanding global regulatory and HTA/payer guidance for appropriate use and submission of RWE
  • Experience engaging or partnering with external organizations (e.g., payers, academic institute, professional organizations, etc.) for RWE activities
  • Data Visualization: passion for and experience in generating easy-to-use, interactive data visualization capabilities
  • Experience integrating real world evidence in early clinical development
  • Proven track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications (eg, abstracts, posters, manuscripts) related to RWE
  • Demonstrated excellence in team-work and collaboration highly desired
  • Understanding global regulatory and HTA/payer guidance for appropriate use and submission of RWE
  • Experience engaging or partnering with external organizations (e.g., payers, academic institute, professional organizations, etc.) for RWE activities
  • Data Visualization: passion for and experience in generating easy-to-use, interactive data visualization capabilities
Other Job Details
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Location: Remote working
  • Relocation Package Available: No
  • Flexible working, welfare, medical insurance

This is an exciting time to join Pfizer, an innovative biopharmaceutical company, one of the most admired companies in the world this year, and becoming a household name along with the COVID-19 vaccine. The company is transforming into a science powerhouse, has many new launches ongoing and planned in several therapeutic areas. At the same time we are considerably increasing our organization’s digital skills in line with the evolving environment. Pfizer Italy footprint is strong, we have over 2.000 colleagues in our commercial, international and manufacturing operations.


Breakthroughs that change patients’ lives… At Pfizer we are a patient centric company, guided by our four values: courage, joy, equity and excellence. Our breakthrough culture lends itself to our dedication to transforming millions of lives.  

Digital Transformation Strategy

One bold way we are achieving our purpose is through our company wide digital transformation strategy. We are leading the way in adopting new data, modelling and automated solutions to further digitize and accelerate drug discovery and development with the aim of enhancing health outcomes and the patient experience.


We aim to create a trusting, flexible workplace culture which encourages employees to achieve work life harmony, attracts talent and enables everyone to be their best working self. Let’s start the conversation!  

Equal Employment Opportunity 

We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to building a successful business. As an employer, Pfizer is committed to celebrating this, in all its forms – allowing for us to be as diverse as the patients and communities we serve. Together, we continue to build a culture that encourages, supports and empowers our employees.

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