Associate Principal Biostatistician, Late Development Statistics Job

Upper Gwynedd PA
Dec 22, 2016
Jan 16, 2017
Organization Type
Associate Principal Biostatistician, Late Development Statistics-BIO004569


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


Leading statistical analyses to support scientific and medical publications, as well as public presentations, in collaboration with a global publication team including external scientific leaders, clinicians, medical writers, and marketing representatives.

Providing expert input into clinical trial data interpretation and presentation which may include data from oncology trials with novel designs.

Providing technical direction to statistical programming in analyzing clinical trial data, and coordinating the statistical activities for publications.

May interact with Academic Research Organization (ARO), Contract Research Organization (CRO) and external statistical consultants.

Primary activities:

Serves as statistical representative and lead in the cross-functional publication teams for the strategic planning and execution of global scientific and medical publications.

Develops secondary data analysis plans and independently determines appropriate statistical methodology for analysis.

Analyzes data and interprets results from secondary analyses to meet objectives of the study publication. Independently applies and implements basic and complex statistical techniques to these analyses.

Independently identifies and anticipates statistical or other potential problems arising in the conduct of secondary analyses, proposes solutions and carries them out.

Addresses comments from co-authors and journal reviewers and incorporates revisions.

May lead a team of statisticians and statistical programming staff to ensure that all programs meet analysis requirements.

Evaluates appropriateness of available software for planned analyses and presentations

Prepares oral and written reports to effectively communicate results of secondary analyses to the publication team, Merck Management, or individual investigators.

Provides responses to queries relating to study design, analysis, and interpretation posed by the medical writers, clinicians, and/or investigators.

Involved in research activities for innovative statistical methods and applications in clinical trial development.

Mentors and guides junior staff in functional activities.


Education and Minimum Requirement:
PhD or equivalent degree in statistics/biostatistics or related discipline with a minimum of 6 years relevant work experience, or a Master’s degree with a minimum of 9 years relevant work experience.

Required Skills and Experience:

Solid knowledge of statistical analysis methodologies and clinical trial designs.

Strong presentation and written communication skills. Able to function effectively in a team environment.

Solid knowledge of statistical and data processing software e.g. SAS and/or R.

Must also demonstrate the ability to learn, be proactive and motivated, and consistently focus on details and execution.

Publications in peer reviewed statistical/medical journals.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

An understanding of biology of disease and drug discovery and development in a variety of therapeutic areas.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Biostatistics

Job Title:Assoc Prin. Scientist, Biostatistics

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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