Research Analyst I - Horizon Scanning
Job Details
Corporate Headquarters - Plymouth Meeting, PA
Full Time
Master's degree required

POSITION SUMMARY The Horizon Scanning Analyst I reviews information on novel healthcare innovations (e.g., treatments, vaccines and prophylaxis, prognostic indicators, systems and management innovations, devices, screening and diagnostics) to identify innovations that could have a high impact on important patient outcomes, public health, and the healthcare system, particularly in regard to infectious disease outbreak response and recovery, in the United States. The Analyst I writes short profiles summarizing each innovation and its potentials impacts and analyzes and synthesizes reviewer ratings and comments to prepare reports on topics with high impact potential. The Analyst I creates writes short summaries of each innovation and its potentials impacts and synthesizes reviewer ratings and comments to prepare reports on topics with high impact potential. The Analyst I is expected to maintain knowledge of new developments in assigned subject areas. The Analyst I participates in leads review, topic identification, database content creation, topic profile development, reviewer rating and comment analysis and synthesis, and report writing.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Essential Functions Statements(s)

  • Review information leads in assigned content areas to identify topics (e.g., treatments, vaccines and prophylaxis, prognostic indicators, systems and management innovations, devices, screening and diagnostics) with high impact potential on individual patient outcomes, public health, and/or the healthcare system in the United States
  • Write profiles summarizing key information for each topic selected during the nomination process in assigned clinical areas
  • Analyze and synthesize reviewer ratings and comments from physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health systems professionals, researchers, patients, caregivers, and other to assess topic’s potential for impact on patient outcomes and the healthcare system in the United States
  • Expand written profiles to include analysis of reviewer ratings and comments
  • Maintain thorough understanding of the key clinical research developments and major scientific trends in the assigned clinical areas
  • Apply understanding about U.S. regulatory processes, coverage, coding, payment, etc.
  • Attend and contribute to team meetings
  • Meet assigned deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned

Accountability Metrics:

  • Meet deadlines as assigned
  • Maintain high quality standards


  • 1 or more years’ experience in a clinical or research healthcare environment
  • Broad knowledge of disease etiologies, processes, and treatments
  • Understanding of pharmacology and other treatment modalities (e.g., biologics, cell and gene therapies, devices, surgical procedures)
  • Basic knowledge of U.S. healthcare system, public and population health, evidence-based medicine, and healthcare horizon scanning
  • Working knowledge (preferred) of disease states and treatments for two or more of the following clinical areas: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, mental and behavioral health conditions, or rare diseases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to distill highly technical information into content accessible to wide audience
  • Demonstrated ability to meet aggressive deadlines
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, healthcare information production-oriented environment
  • Must be a well-organized self-starter and proficient multi-tasker
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) essential
  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint helpful

Education: Master’s degree in a scientific or medical discipline, such as microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, molecular genetics, physiology, biochemistry; or master’s degree in public health, population health, or epidemiology; or clinical healthcare professional with advanced degree.

Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Office 2016+

Certifications & Licenses: None required


N (Not Applicable)

Activity is not applicable to this position.

O (Occasionally)

Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently)

Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly)

Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Physical Demands


O                                           Lift/Carry


F                                             10 lbs or less      O


C                                            11-20 lbs             N

Manually Manipulate

C                                            21-50 lbs             N


O                                            51-100 lbs           N

Reach Outward

O                                            Over 100 lbs       N

Reach Above Shoulder



C                                             Push/Pull


N                                             12 lbs or less       N                                   


N                                             13-25 lbs             N

Squat or Kneel

N                                             26-40 lbs             N


N                                             41-100 lbs           N

Other Physical Requirements

  • Vision (Near)


       Virtual Work Environment


Equal Opportunity Employer-Disability and Veteran