Posted on August 9, 2012.
Sr. Information Specialist (Information Retrieval)
Supports the corporation’s goals by providing accurate and relevant scientific and technical information taking into consideration research data, marketing strategies, and federal regulations. Researches and evaluates worldwide literature using computer technology for information retrieval in scientific and medical areas essential to company and its subsidiaries. Jointly responsible for retrieval of proprietary information to support the high-priority requests, e.g. audit or litigation support. Responsible for the working with the business to maintain the integrity of proprietary databases (including Company Product Literature). Responsible for periodic updates to the FDA on marketed products and the production of the electronic WATCHES.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Researches and evaluates worldwide literature using computer technology for information retrieval in scientific, technical, and medical subject areas. Special emphasis is placed on information retrieval and data analysis for Regulatory submissions and Pharmacovigilance reporting. This includes highly complex information retrieval in support of R&D and Sales/Marketing objectives. Coordinates product bibliographies with Company Product database for constant upkeep. Appraises and organizes resulting information to ensure a relevant and complete research report. Judgment is exercised to determine final analysis, interpretation and presentation of information retrieval package.
2. Executes searches of internal databases for partner document requests using company databases and systems.
3. Publishes in appropriate media (electronic mail, company Portal) Current Awareness alerts (such as 1stScience) in select subject areas. Schedules and produces the bulletins regularly and on time. Solely responsible for content accuracy, format, and relevancy of selections. Expected to supervise related workflow to ensure timeliness of publication. Expected to use own judgment when changes are warranted, either in format or volume/content. Provides periodic updates to the FDA on marketed products. Provides professional liaison to Regulatory Affairs.
4. Performs value-added indexing of articles by selecting appropriate subject keywords to describe article content, assuring accuracy of indexing terms for easy retrieval. Responsible for the working with the Business Services group to maintain the integrity of the in-house databases for published literature and company products by verifying input and providing timely and accurate updates to reference databases. Keeps informed of systems and procedural upgrades and changes and writes systems documentation and SOPs. Schedules assignments in an organized and effective manner and reliably meets major project deadlines.
5. Keeps informed of developments in the pharmaceutical industry and information/computer science through printed source material, workshops and seminars and by participation in activities of professional organizations with a view to improving the services and operations of the department. Cooperates as a team member with GLIS staff in performing any duty essential to the achievement of efficient department operations.
Education and Experience:
Experience equivalent to a four-year college education with an emphasis in Life or Physical Sciences.
Computerized literature search experience and knowledge of biomedical information resources is required, as is a working knowledge of information systems and/or computer programming. This level of knowledge would normally be gained through a graduate degree in one of the above areas and two years of experience in a pharmaceutical or other complex information intensive environment, or a bachelor’s degree and four years’ relevant experience.
Familiarity of information systems, including database design principles, and experience in management and implementation of text information systems are helpful. Demonstrable knowledge of current information technology including library automation systems, online databases, web interfaces, collaboration networks, LANs, CD-ROM systems, imaging technology, and PC proficiency are expected.
Excellent analytical and communication skills are necessary in order to articulate concepts and interpret ideas both verbally and in writing.
The ability to work effectively and productively as a member of a team contributing to the establishment of joint task objectives under minimal supervision is essential. Expected to exhibit a strong personal commitment to the objectives defined.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrable expertise in literature searching using commercial database vendors and web search engines. Ability to analyze retrieval for relevance and communicate both verbally and written results of findings.
Ability to determine quickly and accurately relevancy of scientific literature content to marketed products. Target precisely controlled vocabulary thesaurus to literature content for relevant information retrieval.
Skillful negotiating and diplomatic communication style are necessary when balancing corporate guidelines with scientists’ deadlines.
Excellent keyboard skills are required.
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