Pharmacyclics, LLC

Clinical Programmer III

Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Sep 13, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

General Position Summary/Purpose:

The Clinical Programmer III position is responsible for generating clinical programming deliverables within the Biometrics department to support data cleaning and monitoring activities. Major deliverables include data listings, edit checks, study metrics, reconciliation reports, dictionary coding files, raw and coded datasets, and standard lab datasets used for statistical analysis.

This position is responsible for implementing planned programming tasks for one or more studies. As needed, this position may also backup other programmers for urgent deliverables per management assignment.

Key Accountabilities/Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Programming
    • Develop and verify SAS programs to generate data listings, edit checks, study metrics, reconciliation reports, dictionary coding files, and coded datasets for assigned studies
    • Develop and verify SAS programs to export data from EDC system or to post-process vendor source data
    • Develop and verify SAS programs to generate MedDRA/WHODrug dictionary coding files and coded datasets
    • Develop, update and maintain SAS programs and lab data dictionaries to generate and deliver standard intermediate lab datasets
    • Support ad hoc and urgent programming tasks as assigned by management
  • Communication
    • Work with data managers to ensure data issues are communicated and addressed in a timely manner
    • Work with data managers and other stakeholders to review requirements and agree on deliverable timeline
    • Work with data managers to ensure that programming tasks are completed by the due date
    • Work with lab data managers and lead study programmers to ensure lab data dictionaries are properly updated and maintained
  • Process
    • Adhere to existing SOPs and work instructions
    • Review and co-author work instructions and job aids


  • Required:
    • 4 year of SAS programming experience
    • Experience on extracting/using data from EDC or other relational database
    • Documentation for programming activities
    • SAS programming QC/validation experience
    • Organizational and time management skills
    • Knowledge on clinical coding conventions and dictionaries, such as MedDRA and WHODrug
    • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Desired:
    • Database support programming (edit checks, SQL, reporting)
    • Applied knowledge of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) systems and integrated data programming
    • Transforming SAS datasets into other structures such as text, CSV, XML, XLS, or HTML formats
    • Development of programming deliverables (such as tables, figures, and/or listings)


  • Bachelor's Degree or higher, in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or other related discipline is required

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