Director, GMA Clinical Scientist, Neuroscience

Jazz Pharmaceuticals
January 3, 2022
Palo Alto, CA
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Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter.

The Clinical Scientist Post Approval Research (Neuroscience) will play an integral role on Jazz’s Global Medical Affairs (GMA) team and report directly to the Clinical Scientist Lead for Neuroscience. He or she will drive the post-approval research strategy and be responsible for communicating and present it to matrix teams and Jazz senior leadership. Furthermore, the Clinical Scientist is expected to develop and design post approval research studies using his or her deep technical and neuroscience expertise and knowledge. As such, he or she must be a highly collaborative, team player with strong interpersonal skills and can effectively coordinate with the Global Molecule Team to understand data gaps and needs within the region. The Clinical Scientist is seen as a technical expert internally within functional area so must also be able to confidently interact and maintain external relationships with key stakeholders to advance the post-approval research strategy.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Clearly articulate to internal stakeholders the data obtained in post-approval studies and how it can be applied to business and medical decisions including ways it can help differentiate product from its competitors, medically support marketing objectives and messages, enhance relationships with clinical investigators and key opinion leaders, increase physician exposure to a new drug, answer scientific questions, etc.
  • Coordinate closely with the Global Molecule Team to understand data gaps and needs within regions
  • Partner with the Global Medical Director and other members of senior leadership to prioritize data gaps based on country specific needs
  • Analyze and present medical and clinical trial data to leadership, publication team, and other key stakeholders
  • Use wide ranging experience to resolve complex strategic issues related to study design, execution, and data analysis.
  • Maintain a clear understanding of data gaps and how the proposed post-approval research strategy addresses respective needs
  • Accountable for prioritizing data gaps based on country specific needs and making appropriate tradeoff strategies to enable Jazz’s R&D vision
  • Manage complex studies including functional deliverables such as budget and timelines and make decisions on respective tradeoffs for Phase IV research
  • Develop and design post approval research studies, in alignment with the strategy, to provide additional information, including data from the broader population in real-world settings on increased survival, long-term safety, efficacy and improved quality of life
  • Oversee post approval research studies to ensure the studies are proceeding in accordance with protocol established in planning and assist researchers as needed
  • Provide expertise in leveraging emerging technologies (wearables, EMR, mobile technologies) to improve efficiency and gather real-time data to support post approval research
  • Maintain expertise and understanding of documentation needed for data collection and analysis, regulatory requirements, polices and processes
  • Develop and present study related material to lay audiences and advocacy groups (as applicable)
  • Deep understanding of the market landscape and medical communities’ needs
  • Maintain a global mindset with ability to think in an integrated, holistic fashion

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Life Sciences required (MD, PhD, Pharm D, MS, RN or other scientific field preferred)
  • Clinical experience in neuroscience highly desired.
  • Experience with post marketing Phase IV research preferred.
  • Previous (> 7 years) medical affairs or clinical development experience in neuroscience highly desired.
  • High degree of professionalism, integrity and collaboration required.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, team building, negotiation and ability to execute a must.
  • Ability to travel required for conferences and clinical site visits as needed (<20%).
  • Ability to confidently interact with internal and external stakeholders.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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