Senior Director, Nonclinical Biostatistics

Pearl River, New York
Jun 17, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time


Pfizer's ECD Statistics is looking for a motivated and experienced Senior Director, Biostatistics with a solid background in nonclinical statistics, strong consulting skills, and an interest in collaborating with research scientists in drug discovery and development. The statistician in this role will work closely with research scientists seeking to discover new medicines in a variety of therapeutic areas by supporting the design and analysis of preclinical experiments covering all aspects of drug discovery from disease target identification, pharmacology studies, animal model development, biomarker development and demonstration of proof of concept. The focus will be on both “platform” approaches (ie ensuring robust assay methods) as well as specific project approaches. The ideal candidate is recognized as a strategic leader in preclinical statistics and understands drug target biology in order to provide effective statistical consultation with biological scientists, as well as effective communications with lab managers and regulators.


  • Lead or direct colleagues in design of experiments, assay development, and statistical applications for preclinical research

  • Drive collaboration with vaccine assay specialists to support vaccine clinical and diagnostic assay development, qualification, and validation

  • Drive collaboration with vaccine preclinical scientists to support vaccine preclinical and nonclinical development

  • Ensure statistical rigor and good scientific practices are followed, excellent statistical methods utilized, and documented in protocols, analysis plans and manuscripts

  • Provide statistical expertise to regulatory submissions and ensure quality and appropriateness of submission deliverables

  • Influence decisions that impact the business units’ scientific and regulatory strategy

  • Lead innovative statistical thinking and methods to maximize the value of aggregate clinical and preclinical data in support of scientific and vaccine development strategies

  • Serve as a core member of scientific teams responsible for determining strategy and delivering results in a timely and high-quality manner

  • Where possible, standardize processes and methodologies, may include developing statistical tools to aid scientists in standardized analyses.

  • Use statistical expertise to prepare both internal and external reports, presentations and manuscripts, with the aim to improve the quality of internal decision making and increase our influence on the external environment

  • Mentor, train, and manage junior staff



  • PhD in Statistics/Biostatistics and at least 11-15 years of pharmaceutical experience or a Masters’ degree in Statistics/Biostatistics and at least 15-20 years of pharmaceutical experience

  • Must have strong technical competence, including statistical computing and modeling

  • Provided statistical leadership to cross-functional teams.

  • Recognized as a thought leader in pre-clinical and non-clinical statistics

  • Robust knowledge of drug development regulations pertinent to statistical analysis

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team.

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with research scientists are essential.

  • Track record of mentoring, developing, and managing colleagues


  • Assay validation experience, particularly clinical assays, is highly desired

  • Vaccine development experience is highly desired

  • Preferred candidates will have good computational skills in SAS and R

  • Experience responding to regulatory queries is highly desired

Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Eligible for Relocation Package

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Award

  • Work Location Assignment:Flexible

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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