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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Director, Biostatistics (Hybrid)

Science and Research

Senior Mathematician


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

In BARDS (Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences), a distinguished department within our company’s renowned Research and Development division, quantitative scientists, in partnership with other subject matter experts, apply state-of-the art scientific methodologies and tools to enable the discovery, development, regulatory approval, manufacturing, and marketing of medical drugs and vaccines for the benefit of patients and global human health.


  • 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 company 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 a specific disease area.

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 insure 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

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

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.

  • Immunology and Respiratory therapeutic area experience preferred.


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Expected salary range:

$175,440.00 - $276,200.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R261169