Principal Biostatistician

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Basel, Switzerland
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200+ compounds in Novartis are supported by biostatisticians in 10+ sites around the globe. Biostatisticians transform clinical data into analyses that build the basis for making innovative drugs accessible for patients. They influence decision-making in cross-functional international teams from early to late phase drug development.

As Principal Biostatistician you will be responsible for all statistical work, scientific and operational, for one or more assigned trials in collaboration with the clinical trial team.

You also may support project level deliverables for a development project. You will drive the implementation of modern and innovative clinical trial/experimental designs, statistical models, analyses and data exploration at the study level.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all statistical tasks covering planning, reporting and data exploration activities on assigned clinical trial(s) and perform these tasks independently with peer input and/or alignment with Lead Statistician.
  • Implement innovative trial designs in clinical trial protocols, ensure protocol development in alignment with the overall drug development strategy.
  • Represent Biostatistics on cross-functional international teams for the assigned trial(s) and collaborate with other line functions.
  • Explain statistical concepts and analysis results in manner easily understood by non-statisticians and provide adequate statistical justifications for actions/decisions/statements when required.
  • Provide statistical expertise to support the submission of a new drug and other drug development activities, as required.

Minimum requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • Principal Biostatistician: MS (in Statistics or equivalent) with 4+ years relevant work experience or PhD (in Statistics or equivalent) with relevant work experience (including internship).
  • Fluent English (oral and written)
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in statistics and its application to clinical trials, able to explain statistical designs and concepts.
  • Depending on the assignment, may require expertise in applied Bayesian statistics, and/or data exploration skills.
  • Proficiency in use of statistical software packages (e.g. SAS or R).
  • Good knowledge of drug development and Health Authority guidelines.
  • Good communication & presentation skills, collaborator in multidisciplinary teams
  • Influences decisions that directly impact the assigned clinical trial(s) and team ability to deliver objectives.

Why consider Novartis?

750 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine.

*Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable.

** Please note that for the particular role, we will only be able to process applications of candidates who have an EU/EFTA Passport, a Swiss Passport, or a Swiss residence/work permit.


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