Engagement Consultant

Acorn AI New York, New York

Position at Medidata Solutions

Medidata: Powering Smarter Treatments and Healthier People

Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. Medidata helps generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. More than one million registered users across 1,900+ customers and partners access the world’s most trusted platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers. Discover more at www.medidata.com and follow us @medidata

Acorn AI is one of the largest AI companies exclusively dedicated to life sciences. It’s built on Medidata’s platform that includes the industry’s largest structured, standardized and growing clinical trial data repository consisting of 17,000+ trials and 4.5M patients. Our team is composed of over 40 PhD/Masters statisticians, data scientists, analytical product leads, former FDA biostatisticians and computational genomicists. 

Your Mission:

Medidata Acorn AI’s Delivery Team is looking for individuals who will help us tackle some of the most complex questions facing the industry today using our proprietary AcornAI platform and advanced analytics. In this role, you will engage with clients throughout projects to ensure the best analytical approach, successful delivery, and client satisfaction. At Medidata AcornAI, we never work alone.


This role will partner heavily with all key stakeholder functions, including Product, Data Science and Engineering, Research, and Partnerships. Successful candidates will be skilled in analytical/quantitative thinking, structured communication and excited about building the next horizon of Medidata’s journey of powering smarter treatments and healthier people.

The level of the role will depend on skillset and experience of the candidate.


  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team comprising diverse stakeholders to gather and analyze information, formulate research questions, generate and test hypotheses, and communicate the findings and recommendations on some of the most complex issues faced by the healthcare industry today

  • Formulate, perform and disseminate share analytic findings to guide internal strategy and external client decision making

  • Drive problem-solving with product owners, researchers, data scientists, and other stakeholders to identify the analytics needed to answer client questions and generate impact in line with our mission

  • Plan workstreams; track and communicate progress and decisions clearly; triage issues to the appropriate internal stakeholder; ensure timely, effective, and accurate issue resolution

  • Develop external communication materials, translating and summarizing technical information for business audiences, and developing key messaging

  • Create processes so that each project is easier and faster than the last one


Your Competencies:

  • Experience analyzing healthcare / life science data at the patient, physician, study, or payer level (e.g., electronic medical records, clinical trials, registry data, administrative claims, specialty pharmacy, wholesale, etc.)

  • Experience with R / Python / SAS; Familiarity with SQL or SQL DB connectors

  • Strong project management (including structuring, estimation, execution, monitoring, and escalation) and a relentless drive to get things done

  • Can drive forward even amidst ambiguity (people, process, data) and complexity

  • Ability to synthesize analytical insights and process issues and effectively communicate them to mid-to-senior level internal and external stakeholders

  • Willing to master the detail when you need to but also zoom out and have a view on how to shape the bigger picture

  • Outstanding structured and critical thinking

  • A passion for understanding and addressing complex issues with a data-driven approach


Your Education & Experience:

  • Advanced degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, Pharmacoeconomics, Health Services Research or equivalent. Ph.D. is a plus. 

  • 2+ years of work experience outside coursework in one of the following types of highly structured or scientific environments: academia, management/healthcare consulting, life sciences, data and analytics role

The Following Will Be Helpful But Are Not Essential

  • Experience with open-source common data models (e.g., OHDSI/OMOP, CDISC/SDTM/ADaM, Sentinel, etc.)

  • Experience working in Life sciences or across the healthcare value chain

  • An entrepreneurial drive and a passion for advancing the development of new treatments

  • Enjoy experimenting and iterating on different ways to solve a problem

  • A strong analytical background and the ability to quickly digest and evaluate complex analyses with a keen eye for detail

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform.

Medidata requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide documentation of full vaccination, unless qualified for an accommodation as determined by Medidata, consistent with applicable law.  Although accommodation requests will be considered (and granted where appropriate/possible), it may be determined that a candidate is unable to adequately perform the essential functions of the position without imposing an undue hardship on Medidata due to customer requirements, staffing needs, or other business reasons.

Medidata Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.