Biostatistical Director or Associate Biostatistical Director (Methodology Development) - #2003

Menlo Park, CA
May 25, 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 Biostatistical Director or Associate Biostatistical Director provides statistical modeling expertise to clinical development and scientific projects. This position will partner with key internal scientific leads and trial statisticians to develop statistical models and methodologies in support of GRAIL’s clinical trial designs, product development, and scientific discovery.
You will
  • Work closely with trial Biostatisticians to provide technical expertise to clinical studies in the study design, sample size calculations and endpoint selection.
  • Work as a technical lead to provide technical support for product development and scientific discoveries.
  • Lead technical presentations / posters and publications of new methodologies and scientific discoveries.
  • Work on significant and unique issues that require exercising independent judgment and developing/adapting methodology.
  • Stay abreast of industry and academic developments in Statistics and modeling techniques and apply to statistical modeling projects.
  • Exercise best modeling and programming practices. Maintain complete programming documentation for methodology development and modeling projects

Your background and qualifications will include:
  • Ph.D. in Biostatistics or equivalent with 7+ years demonstrated statistical modeling experience (or MS with 10+ years) in academia or industry.
  • Ph.D. with 10+ years of experience will be considered at the Director level.
  • Strong knowledge of theoretical / applied statistics and modeling techniques
  • Outstanding verbal, writing, and presentation skills with a strong ability to influence
  • Strong track record of posters/presentations and publications is strongly desirable
  • Demonstrated success leading the statistical modeling work and publishing the results in academia or industry
  • Proficient in R or Python or Julia
  • Experience analyzing large-scale data sets
  • Ability to work independently on multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong teammate with a demonstrated track record of success in the cross­-functional team environment.

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.