Associate Director Biostatistics

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 29, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time


Associate Director Biostatistics


Ipsen Bioscience, Inc.

Job Description:

Summary / purpose of the position

The Associate Director of Biostatistics will be working in a cross‑functional team, responsible for providing study level statistical expertise and leadership in the development of Ipsen’s key Oncology asset. 

This position reports to the Biostatistics Lead for Oncology Therapeutic Area, based in the USA.

Main responsibilities / job expectations

  • Work as study level lead biostatistician in a cross-functional team. Responsible for authoring and reviewing key study documents such as study protocol, statistical analysis plan, dataset specifications, clinical study report, publications, and regulatory submission documents.
  • Serve as a key contributor in project planning. Work collaboratively with internal and CRO team members to coordinate the planning and execution of biostatistics deliverables with quality and within timeline.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to ensure CRO partner understands the nature of the clinical data being collected and the approaches to summarizing the information. Validate and QC CRO’s work to ensure the quality and accuracy of the statistical deliverables.
  • Help prepare and validate analyses for use in regulatory documents and scientific articles. Support internal ad-hoc and exploratory analysis.

Knowledge, abilities & experience

  • PhD in statistics or biostatistics with at least 4 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry or MS with at least 7 years of pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and practical experience of widely used clinical study design as well as complex study designs. Hands-on familiarity with common and advanced statistical methodology including methods adopted in survival analysis. Expertise in applying, analyzing, reporting and the interpretation of both descriptive and inferential statistics.  
  • Proficiency with statistical software tools such as SAS, S-Plus, R, EAST, JMPC, etc. Hands on experience working in CDISC environment and programming based on raw datasets, SDTM, and/or ADaM datasets.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to work with a global cross-functional team.
  • Strong project and time management skills.
  • Oncology experience is highly desired.          
  • Regulatory submission (FDA and EMA) experience is highly desired.

Key Technical Competencies Required

  • Strong attention to detail, excellent and direct communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity
  • Ability to see the big picture, while keeping an eye on the detail.
  • Ability to take initiative with a positive attitude in all circumstances.
  • Flexible; independent problem solving and self-direction.
  • Eager and interested in learning and growing
  • Thorough knowledge of statistics and the drug development process
  • Understanding of SAS programming concepts and techniques in the pharmaceutical industry and ability to correct limitations in strategy proactively
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects and assess resource needs

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Language: English is required
  • Written:  excellent
  • Verbal:  excellent
  • Interpersonal: excellent
  • Excellent verbal and written communication within the group and across other functional areas

In order to maintain a safe work environment, Ipsen requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus at the time of employment.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.