Senior Scientist, Biostatistics

Date: May 23, 2019

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: BIO005481

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

The incumbent is responsible for statistical planning and data analysis of Phase I/II oncology clinical trials. This position requires strong communication skills, interpersonal skills and a solid knowledge of statistical methodology.  A successful applicant is expected to be self-motivated and innovative. 

Primary responsibilities:

• Provide statistical leadership and support for early-stage clinical oncology programs.
• Interact with Clinical, Regulatory, Statistical Programming, Data Management, and other Merck Research Laboratories scientists in designing and analyzing data from clinical trials.  
• Coordinate all statistical activities for ongoing clinical projects. 

Primary activities:
• Serves as a statistical representative on Early Development Team of oncology programs and participates in strategic discussion of development plans.
• Develops individual protocols and statistical analysis plans for study protocols. 
• Analyzes data and interprets results from clinical trials to meet objectives of the study protocol. 
• Prepares oral presentations and written reports to effectively communicate clinical trial results to the project. team, Merck Management, regulatory agencies, or individual investigators.
• Independently identifies and anticipates technical or other potential problems arising in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials, proposes solutions and carries them out.
• Participates in database design and medical monitoring meetings, to ensure that the data evaluated are in high quality and meet satisfy and efficacy analysis requirements.
• Collaborates with statistical programming staff to ensure all programs meet analysis requirements, internal standard operating procedures, and external regulatory requirements.
• Responds to queries relating to study design, analysis, and interpretation posed by clinical monitors, regulatory agencies, and/or investigators.
• Conducts research activities for innovative statistical methods and applications in clinical trial development.


Education Minimum Requirement: 
• PhD in statistics/biostatistics
• Or a Master’s degree in statistics/biostatistics with at least 4 years of relevant work experience 

Required Experience and Skills: 
• Solid knowledge of statistical analysis methodologies and experimental design
• Solid knowledge of statistical and data processing software e.g. SAS and/or R
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to function effectively both independently and in a team environment
• Strong project management skills
• Demonstrate strong interest in statistical research activities and in application of novel methods to oncology clinical trials 
• Demonstrate the ability to learn, be proactive and motivated, and consistently focus on details and execution
• Ability to collaborate with scientists and work on multi-discipline teams

Preferred Experience and Skills:
• A specialization and relevant job experience in oncology 
• An understanding of the biology of disease and immunology 

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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Job: Biostatistics
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: no
Company Trade Name: Merck

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