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Associate Director - Biostatistics

Novo Nordisk
Lexington, MA
Start date
Dec 9, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biostatistics
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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About the Department

The Lexington Site is home to a growing Development organization, part of Novo Nordisk following its acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021. The Lexington Development team is responsible for leading the clinical advancement of Dicerna’s research pipeline of GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi investigational therapies and select candidates from the broader Novo Nordisk portfolio, targeting both rare and prevalent diseases. The Lexington Development team’s rich heritage of collaboration, calculated risk-taking and agility complemented by the scale and resources of the global Development organization, define a unique clinical development team that maintains its agility to efficiently advance clinical candidates through development. Located in one of the most vibrant biotechnology innovation hubs in the world, and part of the growing biotech ecosystem in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Lexington Site will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with extraordinary talent and to continuously develop, while working toward our collective mission to improve patient lives. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference? 


The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director of Biostatistics and Programming. The successful candidate will provide input on designing studies, selecting appropriate and innovative statistical methods, analyses, interpretation, and reporting of study results. The candidate will contribute to biometrics focused regulatory interactions and submissions to the FDA and other regulatory agencies.



Reports to Executive Director of Biostatistics and Programming.


Essential Functions

  • Contribute in study level tasks from statistics perspective, including but not limiting to: study design and sample size determination; author/review statistics section in the protocol, SAP and DMC charter; create/review study randomization files; develop TFL shell and specification; review CRFs and other study documentations; active participation in study related meetings
  • Oversee statistical work by CRO and ensure quality deliverables with respect to key performance indicators, metrics, and program level deliverables and timelines
  • Collaborative with cross-functional teams to meet product deliverables and timelines for statistical data analysis and reporting
  • Independently conduct analyses suggested by the data; propose new/novel statistical methodological approaches to improve the efficiency and sensitivity of study results
  • Ensure statistical integrity of deliverables; provide statistically sound scientific methodology input to meet project objectives and regulatory statistical and data requirements
  • Contribute to product level tasks including regulatory interactions and filing, and ensure statistical integrity
  • Contribute to development of department standards and research in advanced statistical methodologies
  • Author/review regulatory documents or scientific publications
  • Contribute to project budget/resource planning, re-forecasting, and program milestones


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics or Mathematics with a minimum of 6 years or master’s degree with minimum of 9 years of post-graduate experience in the clinical trials setting in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Participated in NDA/BLA/MAA activities from statistics perspective and experienced in regulatory interaction and regulatory inspections
  • Adept at outsourcing and managing biostatistical services provided by CRO's and contractors
  • Experienced as project lead statistician and contribute in strategy discussion in cross functional settings; Experienced in managing multiple projects and studies and being able to prioritize
  • Experienced in study level work including authoring SAP and TFL specification
  • Develop SAS programs as necessary to perform planned or ad hoc analyses and prepare data displays
  • Familiar with development of department SOPs
  • Familiar with ICH guidelines, FDA/EMA/other regulatory authority guidance
  • Familiar with SAS and R programming language; preferably with knowledge in CDISC including SDTM, ADaM, and controlled terminologies
  • Solid understanding of mathematical and statistical principles; Experience in statistical methods (longitudinal data analyses, Bayesian method, adaptive design) is preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to translate statistical concept to project strategies
  • Detailed-oriented with organization, problem solving and prioritization skills; demonstrated the ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks according to company timeline


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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