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Analyst/Medical Writer

Costello Medical

$70,000 - $73,000
Apply before: May 10, 2024
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  • Date posted
    March 11, 2024
  • Location
    Onsite
  • Salary
    $70,000 - $73,000
  • Apply before
    May 10, 2024
  • Career Level
    Entry-Level

Job Description

Description

Role Summary

  • Responsibilities: You will work on projects that involve the detailed analysis and presentation of clinical data, which are instrumental to the successful uptake of novel therapies
  • Salary: $70,000 to $73,000 per annum depending on previous experience
  • Benefits: Hybrid working options, generous holiday allowance, flexible working hours, private medical and dental insurance, 401K plan, life insurance, full funding for external training, comprehensive travel insurance and more
  • Role Type: Full-time, permanent
  • Start Date: We are currently recruiting throughout 2024 with start dates occurring on a monthly basis
  • Location: This role is available in our Boston office

About the Role

The Analyst and Medical Writer positions are ideal for recent graduates in the sciences, and those with experience in scientific research, who are seeking the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world projects. Analysts and Medical Writers work on projects involving the detailed analysis of data from clinical trials and the assimilation and creative presentation of this analysis in different formats including posters, slide sets, value dossiers, reports and peer-reviewed publications. These deliverables are used directly by our clients in communication with external stakeholders, which are instrumental to the successful uptake of novel therapies. The work is structured on a project-by-project basis and you will be working on three or four projects at any one time across a range of high-profile disease areas and products, presenting variety of work and the opportunity to develop a wide skill set.

You will work in project teams alongside experienced colleagues who will provide training on the technical aspects of the role as well as project management and effective client communication. Delivering project work requires close collaboration with clients, and following a successful induction period you will increasingly participate in teleconferences and face-to-face client meetings. The latter may present opportunities for travel within the US and internationally.

You will be based in our office in Boston, which was established in 2020. This presents opportunities to shape and drive our US company; an endeavor supported by the success of our existing operations in the UK and Asia. You will work closely with our Scientific Director, who is based in Boston and has more than 10 years of experience in the industry, and other senior colleagues in the US and globally.

Costello Medical is structured into divisional teams focusing on distinct services within the healthcare industry. Our Boston office is structured around three teams who focus on Medical Communications, Evidence Development and Market Access. Upon joining Costello Medical, you will join one of these teams but will also have the opportunity to work on projects in other areas. Please note that you will be asked to specify which team you are applying for in your application form. Please click here to learn more about our service offerings: https://www.costellomedical.com/what-we-do/

Medical Communications – Medical Writer

Medical Communications at Costello Medical encompasses both publications and medical affairs projects, with Medical Writers having the opportunity to work across these types of projects or specialize in one area.

Publications projects require you to work closely with clients and world-renowned opinion leaders to produce publications that communicate key scientific and clinical data to a wide audience. This includes the development of abstracts and manuscripts, as well as posters and oral presentations for large international congresses, with the opportunity to provide on-site support at such events. In addition, you may have the chance to work on regulatory documents, lay summaries and policy-related publications. This role is for those looking to apply their scientific writing and creative skills to deliver high-impact publication projects to a wide range of clients.

Medical affairs projects provide the scientific bridge between clinical development and commercial functions in pharmaceutical and device companies. Most activities have a strong patient and/or healthcare professional focus, and act to educate and inform clinical decision making and patient care, or to gather insights that inform a product’s clinical development. You will work closely with our clients to present the ‘science behind the product’ through a wide range of projects including medical education events, advisory boards and medical information materials. You will collaborate with and support expert advisors and event speakers, and the requirement for on-site support at certain events provides opportunities for international travel. You will develop a complementary set of strong scientific, creative and writing skills, as well as the opportunity to become extremely knowledgeable about the therapy areas in which you work. The ability to creatively present scientific information is central to this role.

Market Access – Analyst

Within the healthcare sector, the market access process is essential to ensuring that novel pharmaceuticals and medical devices are reimbursed and rapidly made available to patients who need them. Our Market Access team supports a wide range of clients in producing materials to demonstrate both the clinical and economic value of some of the newest, most innovative technologies in development. Our work is multidisciplinary, often beginning with evidence generation in the form of literature reviews, advisory boards with clinicians and payers, or economic modelling, to inform the development of global materials that present an evidence-based account of the product’s value in a compelling and accessible manner. As a result, our work has a direct impact on patient access to medicines worldwide. A role in the Market Access team suits those who are passionate about patient access to healthcare, are fast-learners and have a strategic, problem solving mindset. Exceptional writing skills are also essential, especially the ability to summarize complex data in a clear and creative way with an excellent attention to detail.

Evidence Development – Analyst

The work of our Evidence Development team encompasses literature reviews and synthesis projects as well as real-world evidence projects.

Literature reviews and synthesis projects involve the identification of clinical, economic and real-world evidence to support the value of a pharmaceutical product or medical device. Our work includes rigorous systematic literature reviews that can be used to inform meta-analyses and network meta-analyses, as well as more creative and pragmatic evidence reviews to inform clients’ strategic decisions with regard to clinical development or market access. You will gain a thorough understanding of how to conduct various kinds of evidence review from searching to interpretation of results, ensuring that the reviews conform to industry guidelines where applicable. You will also be involved in transforming the methods and results of the reviews into engaging reports and slide sets.

Real-world evidence projects include the design, execution and subsequent reporting of prospective, retrospective or cross-sectional real-world studies. We develop protocols and statistical analysis plans (in collaboration with our Statisticians, Epidemiologists, clients and external experts), acquire and analyze data, and communicate the methodologies and results in both written and oral formats.

A role in the Evidence Development team particularly suits those who are passionate about synthesizing and generating evidence, have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills, and a talent for communication.

Rare Diseases – Analyst

To date, over seven thousand rare diseases have been identified but only four hundred have an approved treatment; our specialised Rare Diseases team supports this sector in overcoming the unique challenges they face, such as an urgent need to bring treatments to patients, little clinical or health economic evidence and limited understanding of the condition across the clinical community and society as a whole. By joining this team, you will develop the appropriate skills and deliver projects that require a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge across all of our service offerings, including literature reviews, the development of global economic models and publications, and the organisation of medical education events. You will also have the opportunity to work on some of the most cutting-edge treatments, such as gene therapies, supporting patients in accessing potentially lifechanging treatments. This is an exciting time to join our growing Rare Diseases team and to apply your exceptional written and technical skills to the rare diseases field, leading to a measurable impact on access to novel, often life-extending, treatments for rare disease patients.

Career Profile

We offer many opportunities for personal and professional development at Costello Medical. Please click below to read firsthand accounts from our colleagues about their time with the company: https://www.costellomedical.com/careers/working-at…

A Day in the Life of an Analyst or Medical Writer

Our colleagues in the Analyst and Medical Writer roles have shared their experiences of their day to day lives at Costello Medical. Please click here to learn more: https://www.costellomedical.com/careers/working-at…

Requirements

About You

We are looking for individuals who are collaborative, self-motivated and enthusiastic, with a passion for scientific writing and an interest in providing a great service to clients. Positions are available for those looking for an entry-level role in the field as well as those with some prior experience.

Essential requirements for the role include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline (minimum GPA 3.3). We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of educational backgrounds, but particularly those with coursework in the life sciences
  • An excellent written and spoken fluency in English
  • An ability to communicate scientific materials clearly in both written and oral form
  • An excellent understanding of and ability to apply scientific concepts
  • A close attention to detail
  • An aptitude for and experience with scientific writing which could include dissertations, research summaries, lab reports, poster or oral presentations, peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, literature reviews, grant applications, regulatory documents, and articles for websites or student magazines
  • A competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • An exceptional level of organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage your time and meet deadlines

No previous experience in this sector is necessary, but you should display a genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of clinical science. Applicants with higher-level qualifications in a scientific discipline are welcomed but this is not a requirement.

Benefits

About Costello Medical

Costello Medical is a rapidly growing global healthcare agency specializing in medical communications, market access and health economic and outcomes research. We work with a wide range of clients, including the industry’s most successful pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, patient and public health bodies and charitable organizations. Our lasting client partnerships create a direct and measurable impact on the successful launch of novel therapies and devices across a wide range of disease areas. Our vision is to be a community of the very best people, constantly challenging ourselves to make meaningful and outstanding contributions to improving healthcare.

We are committed to our company values which are central to creating our fun, friendly and innovative workplace in which we strive to deliver the highest standards of quality. As a result, we have been listed in The Top 100 Companies to Work For list for five consecutive years.

On 27th May 2022 Costello Medical received its certification as a B Corporation. We are really proud of this achievement as it demonstrates that Costello Medical is meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance. We underwent a rigorous assessment that covered the whole of our business including employee benefits, charitable giving and sustainability. We believe this certification is external validation of our mission to be a force for good.

The Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process includes a short assessment, involving two tasks, for you to complete remotely. If successful, you will be invited to an interview. Our standard recruitment process lasts around 1 month, however, this can be adapted if necessary.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and, throughout the recruitment process, there are a number of reasonable adjustments we can provide. Please click here to read more about this and contact the People Team via [email protected] should you require reasonable adjustments at any stage.

We are currently recruiting for start dates throughout 2024, which occur on a monthly basis. Available start dates will be discussed with you ahead of your interview. You will be asked to state your availability on your application form. Please note that this role is available in our Boston office.

We accept applications for our Analyst and Medical Writer roles on a rolling basis and, therefore, there are no set application deadlines. However, we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that we can begin processing your application.

What We Offer

  • A starting salary of $70,000 per annum. This increases to $72,000 for successful candidates who hold a master’s qualification and $73,000 for those with a PhD
  • Private medical insurance with a company contribution
  • Dental and vision cover
  • 23 days’ vacation leave increasing by 1 day to a maximum of 27 days. 6 public holidays plus 1 floating holiday
  • The chance to work from home for up to half of your working time
  • Retirement savings via a 401k plan
  • Paid funding for external education and study leave
  • Life insurance
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Flexible and reasonable working hours
  • Regular company-funded social activities

Please click here to learn about our reward package and the other benefits of working for Costello Medical: https://www.costellomedical.com/careers/benefits-package-in-the-us/

How to Apply

You are required to submit your resume and a cover letter via our online application form. In your cover letter, you must explain why you think you would be suited to the role and why you would like to join Costello Medical, with examples to support both. As written communication is a vital skill for this role, if your cover letter is suspected to have been generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI), your application is likely to be disqualified. Your resume should clearly state the dates of all qualifications and grades achieved where applicable. Please contact the Talent Acquisition team at [email protected] if you have any questions about the role or application process.

Visa Sponsorship

We welcome applications from international candidates, but we are unfortunately unable to provide visa sponsorship for working visas. Therefore, you must have the right to work in the US independently from the company. However, we are able to consider those on a temporary visa, such as an OPT visa.