Senior Staff Assay Biostatistician (Associate Director-level) - #1936

Menlo Park, CA
Apr 30, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

The Senior Staff Assay Biostatistician provides statistical expertise and leadership in the development and validation assays. The Biostatistician partners with key internal stakeholders to design, analyze, and interpret pre-analytical and analytical studies in support of GRAIL’s product development.
You Will:
  • Provide non-clinical experiment design and analysis and statistical input to protocols, reports, presentations, publications or regulatory filings.
  • Develop statistical methods to support process monitoring, qualification of reagents or instruments, and assay quality specifications.
  • Possess the ability to influence internal collaborators on issues of study design, statistical methods and interpretation of results.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the application of statistics to Genomics including statistical modeling of high dimensional data, design of experiments, and data analyses.

Your Background Will Include:
  • PhD in a statistical discipline with 7+ years of experience. MS with 10+ years of experience experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated success in an industry setting adapting statistical methods to develop assays and algorithms for product based on NGS or other assay technologies of similar complexity  
  • Strong knowledge of both theoretical and applied statistics.
  • Outstanding verbal, writing, and presentation skills with a strong ability to influence and communicate effectively.
  • Experience with high level programming languages such as R, Go or Python.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed and thrive in a rapid paced and cross-functional team environment and to provide broad statistical expertise in support of Research and Development activities.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL has made the decision to require all U.S. employees receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.