Senior Director, Science (Epidemiology)



Sales & Business Development
Barcelona, Spain
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

WELCOME to Aetion! We are a global leader in science-driven technology using real-world evidence to provide innovative healthcare solutions. We build software for—and deep partnerships with—the world’s life sciences developers, regulators, and purchasers. Our work is the knowing, showing, and sharing of how medical innovations work in the real world.. We’ve partnered with top biopharma companies and are backed by leading venture capital firms to help increase our medical research and expand our product line. Aetion is headquartered in the US and has expanded throughout Europe with EU headquarters in Barcelona.

Recent Achievements:

Aetion and Aetion’s leadership are recipients of several prestigious awards:

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PERKS of being an A-Teamer:

  • 25 vacation days
  • Daily in-office lunch stipend (and a fully stocked kitchen)
  • Sabbatical opportunity after five years of employment
  • Commitment to professional development opportunities with access to Skillsoft learning experience platform
  • Employee-led initiatives including annual company-wide innovation day & DEI resource groups
  • Comprehensive private health coverage w/ out-of-network reimbursements options .
  • Peer & company recognition programs
  • Mental Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Monthly educational lunch & learns


As a science-driven healthcare analytics company, Aetion is looking for an experienced professional for a Director of Science opportunity to strengthen our real-world data research team. The Director will be an active leader in the organization. This individual will engage with scientists and other researchers both internally and at customer organizations to drive the adoption of and customers’ success with the Aetion software platform. S/he will work cross-functionally within the company to identify and solve business issues, encapsulate scientific methods within Aetion products, and help to build Aetion’s best practices. This individual will also lead scientific studies (descriptive, comparative effectiveness, adherence and others) to help our customers create impactful evidence for themselves and participate in high-value, multi-party engagements.


The following duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Core member of the scientific leadership team responsible for determining client strategy while delivering results in a timely and high quality environment
  • Provide innovative statistical and methodological approaches to address client needs and implement detailed scientific protocols for customers
  • Partner and collaborate with other Aetion functional areas engaging directly with potential and current clients to introduce them to Aetion platform and scientific services, develop proposals for new work, and design other solutions responsive to customer needs and questions
  • Serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) for projects accountable for the overall management; including profitability, timeliness, quality and client value, removing obstacles and managing risks for successful delivery
  • Develop a deep understanding of the Aetion platform and contribute to shared knowledge, enhancement, and QA/validation efforts of the platform
  • Design, create, and deliver use-case-driven demonstrations, pilots, and trainings on the platform to help teach and mentor customers on the use of the Aetion platform in their organization
  • Develop scientific dissemination documents (e.g. study report, abstract, manuscripts, etc…) based on study results
  • Manage the allotment of multiple resources and projects concurrently to ensure successful completion of projects
  • Mentor junior colleagues on meeting their yearly goals and professional development
  • Proactively suggest innovative solutions based on problem descriptions that optimize outcomes and balance resource constraints and cost
  • Align to the overall business strategy when driving the direction of the team, projects, and processes
  • Bring visibility to Aetion by being active in thought leadership via white papers, industry conferences and/or article publications


Basic Qualifications

  • PhD (or MS with equivalent experience) in a quantitative discipline such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, or health economics
  • 6+ years relevant work experience in epidemiology or health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) delivering products or services to life science partners and/or payer organizations
  • A minimum of 3 years of direct managerial or supervisory experience
  • Able to design studies and perform advanced analytical work in surveillance, detection, and prevention of diseases; HEOR analyses; biostatistics; longitudinal data analyses including descriptive, comparative effectiveness, adherence and others, or other expert quantitative areas pertinent to healthcare
  • Ability to think strategically and 'big picture', to formulate appropriate solutions to solve client business needs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and good at developing relationships across diverse teams (including statistical, technical, and marketing resources)
  • Proven experience managing and delivering a wide variety of analytic solutions to internal and external stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of statistical programming language (e.g. SAS, R, STATA)
  • Has a deep conceptual understanding of epidemiological methods and study design
  • Experience working with multiple databases (Claims, EMR, US and non-US)
  • Travel will be required (up to 25%) including working on-site with customer
  • Strong ability to engage with customers in-person, on the phone, and in writing
  • Highly motivated, collaborative, and innovative
  • Solid planning, priority setting, and project management skills with experience managing multiple projects and resources concurrently
  • Strong experience in cross-functional teams and decision making
  • Strong ability to self-motivate and work independently
  • Demonstrate superior leadership to the broader business and internal team
  • An ability to convey complex results in an easy to understand, thematic manner
  • Experience managing teams in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent coaching and mentoring skills

Aetion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aetion is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.