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PPD Senior Research Associate - Implementation Science - Evidera in Waltham, Massachusetts

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, youll discover meaningful work that makes a positive impact on a global scale. Join our colleagues in bringing our Mission to life - enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We provide our teams with the resources needed to achieve individual career goals while taking science a step beyond through research, development and delivery of life-changing therapies. With clinical trials conducted in 100+ countries and ongoing development of novel frameworks for clinical research through our PPD clinical research portfolio, our work spans laboratory, digital and decentralized clinical trial services. Your determination to deliver quality and accuracy will improve health outcomes that people and communities depend on now and in the future.

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Evideras Patient-Centered Research (PCR) group combines a unique portfolio of scientific fields including psychometrics, implementation science, health sciences and psychology. Our dedicated team encompasses strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a passion for quantitative and qualitative research.

Position Location: North America, office-based, hybrid or 100% remote.

Discover Impactful Work:

The Senior Research Associate (SRA) based in implementation science provides scientific leadership within project teams either independently and/or collaboratively with research scientists, in the conceptualization and execution of implementation science projects. The SRA participates as an author or internal reviewer of client deliverables, including study protocols, final reports, literature reviews, statistical analysis plans, PRO evidence dossiers, poster presentations, and manuscripts. They also participate in client meetings (face-to-face as well as teleconferences) and provides effective and timely status updates, including identifying issues for escalation. An SRA formulates project work plans, ensures project timelines are met within scope and budget, and are aligned with client expectations. Opportunities to train and mentor junior level staff abound.

A day in the Life:


  • Conducts implementation science and mixed methods studies

  • Drafts abstracts, posters, oral presentations, and manuscripts

  • When presented with either quantitative or qualitative data, designs a statistical analysis plan and generates a report fit for client submission

  • Successfully communicates with and consults clients

  • Conceptualizes and drafts, or leads, a complete proposal based on a client idea or RFP.

  • Demonstrates advanced scientific leadership and direction to project teams

Project Management

  • Identifies staff resources required for efficient teams, presents the scope of work, and performs the scope by providing direction and feedback to that team

  • Manages internal timelines and internal budget

Financial & Business Development

  • Leads, reviews, and finalizes project proposals, including budget

  • Modifies proposals in response to client requests for changes and scientific insight for clients strategic needs.

  • Independently develops follow-on business with existing clients

  • Meets annual target billing rate of 70%-75%, unless otherwise specified

PCR Operations Support

  • Attends and presents at scientific conferences

  • Develops and presents internal scientific trainings

  • Conforms to SOPs and other Evidera/PPD requirements

Keys to Success:

Education & Experience

  • Doctorate Degree (e.g. PhD; D.Ph.; Pharm D) in science field; or

  • Masters degree in science field, with demonstrated ability in a relevant field; or

  • Bachelors degree with proven experience in a relevant field.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Outstanding quantitative skills as evidenced by coursework and work experience

  • Knowledge of regulatory guidance documents and scientific guidelines (FDA guidance; FDA qualification documentation; dossier outline; EMA guidance resources; ISPOR Task Force Documents, etc)

  • Understanding of instrument development and validation process

  • Ability to manage or direct large portfolio of projects in terms of dollar volume and number of projects

  • Understanding of implementation science research principles and familiarity with key aspects of the literature (historical and current)

  • Extensive knowledge of practical research implementation (IRB process, data collection and management, knowledge about developing and executing an analysis plan- quantitative and qualitative)

  • Understanding of relevant quantitative and qualitative methodology

  • Demonstrates ability to work well within diverse project teams

  • Excellent communication and scientific writing skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, or other scholarly work

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Physical Requirements / Work Environment

PPD values the health and wellbeing of our employees. We support and encourage individuals to create a healthy and balanced environment where they can thrive. Below is listed the working environment/requirements for this role:

  • Able to communicate, receive and understand information & ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable manner.

  • Able to work upright and stationary for typical working hours.

  • Ability to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency.

  • Able to perform successfully under pressure while prioritizing and handling multiple projects or activities.

  • May require travel.

The salary range estimated for this position is $115,000 - $170,830. This position will also be eligible to receive a variable annual bonus based on company, team, and/or individual performance results in accordance with company policy. Actual compensation will be confirmed in writing at the time of offer.

We offer a comprehensive Total Rewards package that our US colleagues and their families can count on, which generally includes:

  • A choice of national medical and dental plans, and a national vision plan

  • A wellness program, and valuable health incentive opportunities for company contributions to a Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) or Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Tax-advantaged savings and spending accounts and commuter benefits

  • Employee assistance program

  • At least 120 hours paid time off (PTO), 10 paid holidays annually, paid parental leave (3 weeks for bonding and 8 weeks for caregiver leave), accident and life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and volunteer time off in accordance with company policy

  • Retirement and savings programs, such as our competitive 401(k) U.S. retirement savings plan



Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us. As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory with PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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