Senior Research Statistician

Employer
AbbVie
Location
Lake County, IL, US
Posted
Nov 29, 2018
Ref
1808016
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Statistics is responsible for providing services in the area of biostatistics and mathematics to all corporate divisions. These services are supplied in the context of a cooperative, project-oriented effort and included statistical planning and scientific input in general planning and execution of clinical trials, pre-clinical trials and other experiments as well as integration of all scientific expertise and available technologies to provide statistical analysis of the data from these trials. These services also include the generation of scientific reports summarizing the trial or experimental results for communication to regulatory agencies and scientific audiences. We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Statistician in Clinical Statistics based in North Chicago, IL reporting to the Director, Statistics.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide statistical expertise for design, analysis and reporting of clinical or scientific research studies

Protocols:
  • Ensures consistency among protocols within a project, and provides certification for the protocol review check list
  • Contributes to decision making on study design and data collection, ensuring alignment with study objectives
  • Conducts comprehensive review of protocol to ensure quality
  • Responsible for sample size estimation for routine and non-routine studies
  • Identifies appropriate statistical methodology needed in support of study objectives; develops statistical methods for routine studies and, with supervision, non-routine studies
  • Responsible for randomization specifications for routine studies
  • Develops randomization specifications for non-routine studies with supervision
  • Works with external partners, including contract research organizations, drug supply and other groups to effectively implement the randomization schedule as planned

Database Activities:
  • Actively participates in meetings to identify scientifically appropriate data collection instruments and database design requirements (e.g. SAS, MS Access, Excel) to ensure that the data evaluated are free of bias, contains maximum information (minimum variance), and satisfy analysis requirements

Statistical Analyses:
  • Demonstrates practical understanding of fundamental statistical concepts and methodologies
  • Demonstrates ability to apply statistical knowledge to solve real-world problems
  • Demonstrates ability to explain statistical concepts to non-statisticians to enhance their understanding of the analytical approach
  • Develops analysis plans, ensuring statistical methods and corresponding details are appropriate and sound, consistent with the study design, and sufficiently detailed for programming implementation, with supervision
  • Ensures internal consistency of analysis plans for assigned studies/projects
  • Analyzes data from clinical trials or scientific experiments to meet objectives of the study protocol
  • Provides statistical analyses as described by the analysis plan and as directed by the statistical project leader (SPL)
  • Independently identifies and anticipates technical or data related issues arising in the design, conduct or analysis of clinical trials or other scientific research
  • Proposes alternative analysis strategies or other recommendations to address these issues
  • Evaluates appropriateness of available software for planned analyses and ascertains needs for potential program development of novel statistical methodology

Scientific Reports/Publications:
  • Works with project team to develop strategy for data presentation and scientific/statistical arguments
  • Ensures consistency of data presentations among reports within a project with supervision
  • Develops statistical methods and other relevant sections of major deliverables such as protocols, analysis plans, study reports and scientific publications with supervision
  • Identifies and recommends corrections of flaws in scientific logic and statistical interpretation
  • Ensures consistency in presentation, inference, and adherence to accepted report guidelines and publication practices
  • Ensures internal consistency of statistical methods sections of reports for routine and non-routine situations, and ensures alignment with analyses as conducted
  • Collaborates in publication of scientific research results in assigned areas
  • Ensures accuracy and internal consistency of report or publication, including text, tables, listings, and figures
  • Performs peer review for protocol, analysis plan, study report, and other major deliverables, publications
  • Provides critical review to enhance quality of data presentation and scientific/statistical arguments

Consultation:
  • Works collaboratively with multi-function teams to complete project deliverables per agreed timelines
  • Keeps management Informed on important scientific/statistical issues that may arise, in a timely manner
  • Provides responses to routine questions from clients, scientific insight when answering nonstandard questions, and independently pursues analyses suggested by the data
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining good client relationships
  • Clearly communicate fundamental statistical concepts to other statisticians, scientists, and other personnel
  • Communicates a basic understanding of scientific principles for assigned projects and acts in accordance with those principle

Training:
  • Maintains technical skills and increases own knowledge of new statistical methodology or areas of application through use of the scientific literature and attendance at professional meeting
  • Presents own statistical research or review of the statistical literature at meetings and seminars. Participates in departmental activities including recruiting , training/mentoring, research efforts and cross-functional collaborations, as needed


Basic:
  • MS or PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics or a highly related field. 0+ years (PhD) or at least 4-6 years (MS) of relevant experience required
  • High degree of technical competence and sound communication ability, both oral and written
  • Competent in experimental design, descriptive and inferential statistics, biometrics/biopharmaceutical applications and computer programming.
  • Identifies data or analytical issues and either applies skills and knowledge to solve problems or seeks help to achieve solutions

Key Leadership Competencies:
  • Builds strong relationships with peers and cross functionally with partners outside of team to enable higher performance
  • Learns fast, grasps the 'essence' and can change the course quickly where indicated
  • Raises the bar and is never satisfied with the status quo
  • Creates a learning environment, opens to suggestions and experimentation for improvement
  • Embraces the ideas of others, nurtures innovation and manages innovation to reality

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