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Statistical Science Director, Early Clinical Development, Biopharmaceuticals R&D

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Durham, North Carolina, United States Job ID R-098596 Date posted 29/01/2021

Would you like to be a part of a group with direct strategic impact on drug development that plays a key role in getting new medicines to patients who need them? 

At AstraZeneca, we’re applying leading-edge approaches to science across many business areas – within Early Biometrics & Statistical Innovation (EB&SI), our data-centric focus helps us work efficiently and creatively to bring the right medicines to the right patients. Our teams use their expertise in statistics and programming to address drug development objectives and reduce uncertainty in product development, driving better business decisions with quantitative reasoning.

We are looking for a Statistical Science Director to join our growing Early stage portfolio. Our main therapy areas are Cardiovascular, Renal, and Metabolism (CVRM) and Respiratory & Immunology (R&I). We welcome your application.

As part of Data Science and AI, you’ll use technology at the forefront of science in a creative environment, with the scope to develop new statistical ideas and approaches and apply them in your work.

Main duties and responsibilities
You will be expected to:

  • Take a leadership role and drive statistical thinking in cross-functional team projects
  • Contribute to strategic planning and quantitative decision making
  • Participate in adapting and developing statistical methodology
  • Contribute to development of new procedures and standards to increase quality, efficiency, and effectiveness depending on your experience, the role may also include
  • Interactions to influence key stakeholders and governance
  • Acting as a technical expert in interactions with external providers and collaborators 
  • Coaching junior staff and supporting them with education and training in statistics
  • Working with regulatory agencies, e.g. attending meetings, answering questions

We offer the chance to influence drug development and the opportunity to gain experience across a range of challenging and exciting projects. 


The minimum required education is a M.Sc./PhD degree in a relevant discipline such as statistics, biostatistics, or mathematical statistics, with exemplary technical skills. Excellent written and spoken English is required, as is a track record of leading independently. 

As we work in global cross-functional teams, your statistical skills should be combined with excellent collaboration and communication skills to work effectively with geographically dispersed colleagues. You should be able to work independently and take initiative with a positive, goal-oriented and problem-solving attitude. 

We also look for candidates with an interest in, and the ability to, communicate statistics to experts in other disciplines. 

Next Steps – Apply today

We look forward to receiving your application on our website at your earliest convenience. 

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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