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Statistics Lead, Statistical Research and Data Center/SRI (Director)

La Jolla, California; New York City, New York; Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Peapack, New Jersey
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021

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Position Purpose

Provide scientific leadership and technical support for Pfizer clinical and non-clinical projects. This is a science-based position with limited managerial and administrative responsibilities. The applicant will work with teams in many therapeutic areas, on both clinical and non-clinical applications. Activities include assistance with complex and novel study designs and data analyses, and the development of specialized software to support them. We are actively involved in discussions towards key go/no decisions, and regulatory and product defense strategies. The applicant is expected to develop effective collaborations with relevant stakeholders (including Study Statisticians, Clinical, Development Operations, PharmSci, Regulatory and Safety.

The responsibilities and effort for the position are divided approximately equally between project-specific collaboration, longer-term methodological research to support drug development, training, and external activities. In addition, the SRI (Statistical Research and Innovation) develops scientific collaborations across academia, industry, and regulators to advance drug development methodologies. External publications, presentations, and other professional activities are supported.

The successful candidate will:
  • Increase expertise amongst Pfizer statisticians through dissemination of statistical knowledge, new methodologies, and regulatory guidelines
  • Lead the development and implementation of techniques based on state-of-the-art statistical research and seek creative solutions through collaborations and interactions with other experts for drug development problems.
  • Develop effective internal collaborations.
  • Provide external influence through collaborative partnership, scholarship, and professional networking with academic, government and industry statisticians .

Primary Duties:

  • Provide statistical advice on complex statistical problems arising in Pfizer projects.
  • Develop, implement, and promote methodologies based on state-of-the-art statistical research and dissemination of the results both internally and externally.
  • Perform and assist with complex and novel study designs and data analyses and the development of specialized software to support them.
  • Provide consultation on statistical issues to the Statistics Leadership Team, and Pfizer management in Discovery, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and other pertinent groups.
  • Participate actively in discussions towards key go/no decisions, key regulatory and product defense strategies
  • Provide a strong presence for Pfizer with regulatory and professional organizations to influence knowledge generation and content of regulatory guidelines and their interpretation in practice.
  • Develop effective collaborations with relevant non-statistical researchers (such as, Clinical, Pharmacology, Development Operations, PharmSci, and Safety).
  • Stay current with research on statistical methodology and its applications pertinent to the Pfizer business needs.
  • Be up to date on training and compliance with all Pfizer SOPs as required based on the assigned curriculum.

Training & Education:

  • Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatics or equivalent postgraduate statistical training.
  • The ideal candidate has 7 years or more experience in drug development. Candidates with less work experience, or experience in other fields, will also be considered if they have exceptional methodology research credentials and potential.
  • Evidence of creative thought-leadership, professional presence, and scholarship through publications and presentations.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in relating to colleagues and associates both inside and outsidethe organization.
  • Broad-based understanding of statistical theory and its application.
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.Relocation support available


Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.


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