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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Statistical Programmer- Analysis and Reporting Standards, Innovation ( MERCUSR156300ENUS)

Sales and Marketing

Senior Database Analyst



North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Quantitative Sciences team uses big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis and high-quality data to support decision making in clinical trials.


  • Under the direction of the head of analysis and reporting standards, this position supports the design, development, and delivery of efficient, flexible, and modular analysis and reporting and submission standards that can be used for drug and/or vaccine projects across all therapeutic areas.

  • Adheres to standard operating procedures and guidelines established by the department.

  • Drives data structures which includes analysis and reporting data standards and submission standards and actively contributes to the department's strategic initiatives.

Primary Activities:

  • Develop and validate global programming standards for efficacy analysis and reporting

  • Develop and validate global programming standards for safety analysis and reporting

  • Design and develop complex programming algorithms in R, R shiny, and its ecosystem, under guidance of staff with extensive expertise in clinical trial A&R standards development

  • Provide technical consultation and analytical support to statistical programmers and statisticians in R, R shiny, and its ecosystem

  • Represent our Company on relevant industry initiatives including R Consortium, TransCelerate, PHUSE, CDISC,.

  • Serve as Statistical Programming Subject Matter Expert for R programming, package and Shiny app development

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, partners in driving R packages and Shiny app development following our Company's standards, processes

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and partners to provide input on R platform and infrastructure

  • Contribute to development and delivery of R training to statistical programmers

  • Provide strategic input for documentation process development for implementation of open source software in a regulated pharmaceutical development environment under guidance of staff with extensive expertise in clinical trial A&R standards development


Education and Minimum Requirement:

BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 5-9 years of programming experience including substantial experience in R

MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related field plus 3-7 years of programming experience including substantial experience in R

Department Required Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Knowledge and significant experience in developing analysis and reporting deliverables for R&D projects (data, analyses, tables, listings, figures)
  • A project leader; completes tasks independently at a project level; ability to collaborate with key stakeholders

Position Specific Required Skills and Experience:

  • Significant expertise in applying R for R package and R Shiny app development
  • Experience working with analytical research databases including various analysis datasets and procedures/packages
  • Demonstrated understanding of statistics, clinical trial, and data management concepts as applied to drug/vaccine development

**Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • SAS & R Programming experience in clinical trial Analysis & Reporting
  • Knowledge and understanding of CDISC SDTM and ADaM standards
  • Experience in RStudio Server Pro, RStudio Connect and RStudio Package Manager
  • Repository Manager Tools (e.g. Artifactory)
  • Expertise in version control tools (e.g. git, github, bitbucket), Ci/CD tools (e.g. Jenkins, Travis CI, github action), docker container
  • Experience in developing flexible and efficient complex analysis and reporting standard SAS macros
  • Experience using SAS, R in Unix/Linux environment
  • Ability to comprehend analysis plans which may describe methodology to be programmed; understanding of statistical terminology and concepts; Implements statistical methods not currently available through commercial software packages
  • Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies
  • Active in professional societies



We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.


Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R156300