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Associate Director, Biostatistics

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Job Description

General Summary:

As a Biostatistics Associate Director at Vertex, you will be at the forefront of cutting-edge medical research, analyzing complex data to unravel crucial insights that may lead to medical breakthroughs.

You will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, applying novel statistical methodologies to solve real-world challenges, ultimately contributing to the development of life-saving treatments and improving global well-being.

The Associate Director will perform sophisticated scientific statistical analyses in support of the company's Global Medicines Development and Affairs area on new and complex issues. The incumbent should possess a good knowledge of related disciplines while performing Biostatistics activities with a drug developer mindset.

This position is hybrid, with a work schedule that allows for 2 days per week remote-based work and 3 days per week in the Fan Pier office

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts all scientific and operational statistical work for multiple clinical trials, observational studies, or real world data (RWD) investigations.
  • Leads biostatistics projects or major components of a project including work allocation and review.
  • May include presentation to the Peer Protocol Review Committee (PPRC) or other internal senior review boards.
  • Possesses an advanced and in-depth understanding of modern drug discovery and development processes.
  • Represents Biostatistics as a member of cross functional teams, providing input and specialized technical guidance to elicit meaningful and/or productive outcomes.
  • Authors study Statistical Analysis Plans (SAPs), including table, figure, and listing (TFL) shells. Develops Cross-functional Data Review (xFDR) plan, Key Reports Memo (KRM), and Data Dissemination Plan (DDP) in order to facilitate the review, summary, and dissemination of key study data/results.
  • Collaborates with statistical programming and other functions to ensure timely delivery of TFLs with high quality.
  • Contributes to clinical study reports (CSRs) and related processes, authoring or co-authoring methodological or study-related publications and posters.
  • Provides input into programming specifications and review.
  • Contributes to external interactions with regulators, payers, review boards, etc.
  • Authors or co-authors methodological or study-related publications and posters.
  • Determines and implements design and analysis methods at the study or project level and participates in Statistical Review Forum (SRF) discussions of studies assigned to others.
  • Contributes to departmental working group efforts on various advanced technical and operational issues.
  • Independently undertakes new and complex issues.
  • Completes assigned work in a resourceful, self-sufficient manner, often conceptualizing alternative approaches to achieve desired results.
  • Develops breadth of knowledge across related disciplines with a drug developer mindset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • In-depth competence with SAS and R statistical software
  • In-depth understanding of advanced statistical methods used in drug development
  • Ability to show critical thinking with logical problem-solving
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excels in a team environment
  • Collaborates well with non-statisticians
  • NDA/MAA experience and direct dealings with USA/European regulators

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatistics.
  • Typically requires 7 years of pharmaceutical or biotech industry experience with a Ph.D.



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

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