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Statistical Leader - Research (Non-Clinical)
  • Requisition ID: WD200434
  • Position: Full time
  • Open date: Aug 30, 2019 12:57 PM
  • Functional area: Science and Technology
  • Location:
    Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Required degrees: Not Indicated
  • Relocation: Not Indicated

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Your Responsibilities:
GSK is a science-led global healthcare company dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  To advance GSK’s discovery of new medicines, we seek smart, creative people who enjoy solving challenging problems and want to improve the lives of millions of people.  

Our team (Research Statistics) collaborates with top laboratory and clinical scientists to advance exciting, innovative ideas in drug discovery.  We design experiments, analyze data, and visualize results for projects that range from small studies with single endpoints to high-dimensional genomic data.  We use traditional statistical methods and modern machine learning algorithms, design experiments to develop new technologies and analyze data to identify biomarkers for clinical trials.  Our work is varied and challenging with the common goal to advance the science of human health.

To succeed, team members need good technical and communication skills, the desire to develop their statistical and scientific knowledge continually, and the ability to develop practical solutions and apply statistical techniques in creative ways.  Successful candidates will be innovative, pragmatic, and flexible, thriving in a dynamic, collegial environment with frequent new challenges and excellent opportunities to develop and succeed.  

In this role, the Statistics Leader / Director will be responsible for providing statistical consulting for 1-2 scientific research areas within GSK.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Collaborating closely with GSK scientists and scientific management to address important drug discovery questions with statistical methods
• Identifying key scientific challenges that can be addressed with statistical methods and proposing how to do so
• Applying existing statistical methods or developing new ones to address scientific problems
• Designing experiments and ensuring experiments are designed to address scientific questions clearly and accurately
• Analyzing data and ensuring the results of statistical analyses can be relied upon for making important drug discovery decisions around targets, molecules, and technologies
• Communicating statistical concepts, design recommendations, and the results of statistical analyses clearly and accurately to GSK scientists and research managers at all levels
• Supervising a small team (2-5 people) of statisticians, enhancing their ability to address key scientific questions by providing technical (statistical and scientific) direction to projects and by developing their consulting skills
• Identifying and contributing statistics methodological expertise within the team through ongoing personal development and collaboration on challenging technical problems
• Identifying opportunities for increasing the value of our team’s contributions to drug discovery and leading the execution of agreed initiatives

Applications close once position is filled

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When applying for this role, please use the ‘cover letter’ of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

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Why You?

Basic qualifications:

• MS or PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field with formal statistical training

Preferred qualifications:
• Significant experience as a consulting statistician, collaborating with scientists from other disciplines
• Strong oral and written English communication skills

Demonstrated ability to
• Identify existing or develop new statistical methods to improve the design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies
• Evaluate, recommend, and implement statistical tools for addressing scientific problems
• Deliver statistical consulting (design, analysis, and interpretation of studies) to scientists in multiple disciplines
• Take a leadership role in multi-disciplinary teams
• Build and maintain relationships with customer groups
• Drive the adoption of statistical best practice within Research & Development
• Lead initiatives within a statistics team to develop internal capability
• Develop junior staff through mentoring or supervision
• Interest in continually learning and applying new statistical skills

Knowledge of some of the following topics:
• Experimental design, mixed models, Bayesian methods, linear and nonlinear regression, repeated measures, analysis of high-dimensional data as found in genomics analyses
• Genomics, molecular biology, disease biology, and cellular, tissue, and animal models

Why GSK?:
GlaxoSmithKline is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. We discover, make and market life-enhancing products that are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. We have 3 primary areas of business in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. We have offices in more than 115 countries, major research centers in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 87 sites globally. Our three strategic priorities are to grow a diversified global business, deliver products of value, and to simplify our operating model.

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