Principal Statistical Scientist,

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Brussels, Belgium

Application Deadline

We are vital links between an idea for a new medicine and the people who need it. We are the people of PPD clinical research services — thousands of employees in locations worldwide connected by tenacity and passion for our purpose: to improve health. You will be joining a truly collaborative and winning culture as we strive to bend the time and cost curve of delivering life-saving therapies to patients.

This is a position within our Statistical Science pillar, a specialist group that provides expert knowledge of advanced statistical methods and applications within the Biostatistics and Programming department, to other departments and to our clients.

As a Principal Statistical Scientist, you will:

  • Perform a statistical consulting role both internally and externally.
  • Serve as the lead statistician on broad-based projects or complex, multiple protocol programs as required.
  • Serve as the scientific and therapeutic area thought leader for study design and statistical analysis issues.
  • Provide scientific strategy consultation to clients for drug or device development planning.
  • Provide statistical input into corporate initiatives.
  • Maintain expertise in state-of-the-art data manipulations and statistical analyses.
  • Represent the department to clients on complex study scientific and design considerations, directly contributing to complex study proposals and bids, representing the department at bid defenses.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides expert knowledge within the department on statistical and regulatory issues, mentoring members of the department and providing project guidance and statistical advice.
  • Serves as a lead statistician on high complexity statistical projects and for consulting projects.
  • Provides expert knowledge and experience to project teams on complex and novel statistical methodology across different therapeutic areas.
  • Provides statistical support to global corporate initiatives and supports/leads departmental efforts on working groups.
  • Provides expertise and leads the development and delivery of technical training for the department and the company.
  • Provides input into study design and sample size calculations during protocol development, writes or reviews statistical analysis plans and performs or validates statistical analyses.
  • Provides senior review on projects.
  • Provides input to management as to hiring recommendations, department policies, and resourcing requirements.
  • Assists in bidding, proposal development and other business development activities, as required.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree in statistics, biostatistics, or equivalent field with appropriate statistical coursework and 5+ years of clinical trial experience as a statistician;
  • Previous experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job (comparable to 8+ years').


  • PhD. in statistics, biostatistics, or equivalent field with appropriate statistical coursework and 3+ years of clinical trial experience as a statistician

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated initiative and motivation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proficiency in the English language
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work well with others in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Excellent understanding of SAS® and clinical biostatistics
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drug development process
  • Conversant knowledge of FDA and other regulatory guidances and regulations
  • Capable of managing change and uncertainty to optimize positive outcomes
  • Excellent project management skills, including leadership of complex projects
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to adapt and adjust to changing priorities
  • Strong theoretical background and applied statistical knowledge
  • Capable of mentoring with regard to scientific principles, statistical methodology, and/or knowledge of a specific therapeutic are
  • Capable of communicating complex statistical concepts in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more therapeutic areas

At PPD clinical research services we hire the best, develop ourselves and each other, and recognize the power of being one team. We understand that you will want to grow both professionally and personally throughout your career, and therefore at PPD clinical research services you will benefit from an award-winning learning and development program, ensuring you reach your potential. As well as being rewarded a competitive salary, we have an extensive benefits package based around the health and well-being of our employees.

We have a flexible working culture, where PPD clinical research services truly value a work-life balance. We’ve grown sustainably year on year but continue to offer a collaborative environment, with teams of colleagues eager to share expertise and have fun together. We are a global organization but with a local feel.

Our 4i Values:

Integrity – Innovation – Intensity – Involvement

If you resonate with our 4i values above, and ultimately wish to accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics for some of the world’s most urgent health needs, submit your application – we’d love to hear from you!

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