Medical Researcher

Other New York, New York


Position at Havas


The Medical Researcher will work with the Associate Director across several brands within the agency. 


  • Must be adept at searching the internet for primary medical research; this requires familiarity with resources such as PubMed, Google Scholar, government websites, etc.
  • Must be very familiar and comfortable with medical content and terminology. The claims that need sourcing are written for consumers but they need to be annotated with references that are acceptable to medical, legal, and regulatory reviewers at the client drug companies and the FDA. Therefore, the candidate should know that a claim like "having epilepsy can make you sad" ideally requires a reference to a clinical study of depression in people with epilepsy, not a reference to that says "having epilepsy can make you sad."
  • Must know the difference between an acceptable source and an unacceptable source. The New England Journal of Medicine is an acceptable source, WebMD and Wikipedia are not. Official government websites are usually acceptable, commercial websites seldom are. (Some clients are more nit-picky than others.)
  • Must be detail oriented and able to keep track of resources for multiple accounts. Must be able to work independently!
  • This job does not actually involve editing per se; however, a candidate with superior fact-checking skills is required.
  • Familiarity with, or the ability to quickly get up to speed on, at least one of the following disease areas: Diabetes, Respiratory, Infectious Disease, Cardiovascular, Neurology, Addiction disorders, is necessary
  • Familiarity with web-based regulatory review & routing systems (ie: Veeva Vault or Zinc) would be great.
  • Annotate marketing materials to support claims in preparation for MLR/OPDP submissions.
  • Familiar with the FDA guidelines around consumer pharmaceutical social practices.

 Characteristics and Qualifications

  • Requires at least 7 years’ experience in marketing or communications or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in science or medically related field
  • Proficient at Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Suite software
  •  Demonstrates confidence and the ability to lead teams and represent the agency
  • Demonstrates the skills to foster effective teamwork and strong relationships
  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills, initiative, and consistently adds value.
  • Great creative instincts and passion for helping develop and sell award winning creative work.
  • Commands and fosters an environment of respect and trust
  • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility
  • Embodies Havas values

 We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.