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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Director, Biostatistics

Science and Research

Senior Mathematician


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Quantitative Sciences team use 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.


  • Supervises a group of statisticians in Late Development Statistics.

  • Provides biostatistical and operational leadership to a team of statisticians in developing and coordinating statistical activities supporting drug/vaccine projects.

  • Interacts with Clinical, Regulatory, Statistical Programming, Data Management, and other Merck Research Laboratories Scientists in long-range project planning, providing guidance to others in the statistical support for clinical drug/vaccine projects.

  • Interacts with Academic Research Organization (ARO), Contract Research Organization (CRO) and external statistical consultants.

  • This position may serve as a statistical lead in project teams.

The incumbent may initially work in the cardiovascular or metabolism disease areas.

Primary activities:

  • Directs the scientific and technical development of statisticians. Encourages staff to conduct statistical research and publish/present scientific findings/methodologies. Mentors and guides junior staff in functional activities. Encourages staff to conduct statistical research and other non-project activities.

  • Performs managerial, administrative duties including coaching, performance evaluation, expense report approval consistent with grant of authority

  • Directs recruiting effort to hire qualified statisticians

  • Directs biostatistical support required for assigned projects

  • Serves as lead statistician in cross-functional teams for the strategic planning and execution for product development and worldwide regulatory submissions

  • Lead a team of statisticians and the statistical programmers to ensure that all programs meet analysis requirements, internal standard operating procedures, and external regulatory requirements

  • Represent statistics in meetings with management in strategic planning of projects

  • Represent statistics in meetings with investigators and regulatory agencies in discussions about clinical trial issues and submission strategies

  • Ensures the statistical designs and analysis methods utilized in clinical studies are scientifically sound and meet worldwide regulatory and marketing needs

  • Perform comprehensive review of protocols, statistical analysis plans, clinical study reports, and submission documents to ensure accuracy of the statistical content

  • Provides effective and efficient statistical oversight and ensures consistency of methodology

  • Coordinates statistical project assignments and resource allocation with other managers

  • Identifies needs for new statistical techniques

Education and Minimum Requirement:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in statistics\biostatistics or related discipline with a minimum of 9 years relevant work experience, or a Master’s degree with a minimum of 12 years relevant work experience.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Prior supervisory and project management experiences are necessary.

  • Solid knowledge of statistical analysis methodologies, clinical trial designs, and statistical and data processing software, e.g., SAS and/or R.

  • Solid knowledge of worldwide regulatory requirements and clinical trial expertise from phase II to V.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability in statistical research activities and in application of novel methods to clinical trial development.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Publications in peer reviewed statistical/medical journals.

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

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., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:

$157,700.00 - $268,200.00

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Requisition ID:R208303