Pfizer Director, Biostatistics, Early Clinical Development, Rare Disease in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Director is responsible for ensuring sound statistical thinking and methods are utilized in the discovery and development of new medicines in the Rare Disease Research Unit.


  • Collaborate with various scientists in the design, analysis and reporting of laboratory and early clinical studies (typically through Phase II).

  • Core member of scientific teams responsible for determining strategy and delivering results in a timely and high quality environment.

  • Interact with internal and external experts to assure sound quantitative approaches are applied to collection and analysis of a wide variety of data types.

  • Leader to bring innovative statistical thinking and methods to help drive the enhanced quantitative drug discovery and development paradigm within Pfizer. Central to this approach is the systematic review of prior information, statistical model building and simulation, utilizing Bayesian methods as appropriate, to design more effective studies.

  • Frequently interact and engage with regulatory agencies regarding accelerated clinical development options for indications that have substantial unmet medical need.

  • Ensure rigorous approaches are taken to ensure good scientific practices are followed: excellent statistical methods utilized and documented in protocols, analysis plans and manuscripts, and assay methods are appropriately blinded, randomized and designed to meet clear objectives.

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

  • Mentor junior-level staff.


  • MSc (PhD preferred) in Statistics, Biostatistics, or related field.

  • Minimum of 8 years' experience applying statistical methods in the pharmaceutical industry, with early clinical (Phase I and Phase II) and translational experience in rare disease indications a definite advantage.

  • Experience with modeling and simulation in early clinical development.

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Ability to proactively influence teams with innovative clinical development strategy.


  • Must have SAS and R programming skills.

  • Must be able to explain statistical techniques and considerations to non-statisticians

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Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: December 1, 2018

  • Eligible for Relocation Package: yes

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus; yes

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