Associate Statistical Scientist

South San Francisco
California, United States of America

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The Position

You will be aligned therapeutically with cross-functional Medical Affairs teams to provide statistical and analytical guidance and support in the development and execution of medical strategies, plans and projects.

Like other team members in Biostatistics, you will be responsible for the statistical integrity, adequacy and accuracy of pre-launch, launch and post-marketing clinical studies other investigations and assessments, including exploratory analyses. As such, you will be a standing member of Biostatistics teams, may be a standing member of the assigned Medical Team, and also participate in other cross-functional projects or working teams.

Given the nature of your position, you will also work closely with your counterparts in Pharmaceutical Development and potentially Pharmaceutical Research and Early Development to align clinical data and statistics across varying drug development phases.

The Biostatistician position is an entry-level position for Biostatistics, where incumbents may have limited related experience and limited exposure to clinical trials.

All Roche employees are expected to effectively contribute to cross-functional collaboration and coordination and comply with all laws, regulations, policies & procedures that govern our business.

In this position, you will be primarily accountable for consistently, effectively:

Contributing statistical and analytical direction, insights, recommendations and overall input into development and execution of 3- and 1-year medical strategies, plans, objectives and projects

Developing, implementing and overseeing timely, thorough, consistent, and quality execution of statistical analysis plans that support medical strategies, plans, projects and objectives and assure statistical integrity, adequacy and accuracy

Providing appropriate biostatistics inputs and direction for the assigned products into a variety of pre-launch, launch and post- marketing medical affairs activities

Participating in exploratory analyses and statistical research

Participating in the ongoing development, refinement and enhancements of departmental methodologies and techniques for biostatistics research, analysis and reporting

Developing and cultivating important working relationships with cross-functional teams and groups

As needed representing U.S. Medical Affairs Biostatistics to global Roche partners and working collaboratively to coordinate and align statistical analysis plans and outcomes at the national and global levels

Staying informed and abreast of the external landscape as it relates to assigned molecules, products, and programs and the associated therapeutic area(s)

As assigned, completing other special projects

Ensuring assigned goals and objectives are met and that assigned projects and other work are completed on time, to high standards and within budget

In this position, you will:


Maintain a high-level of scientific and clinical knowledge in the specific therapeutic area(s) of assignment as well as the highest levels of technical expertise in biostatistics research and analysis

Participate in the development of medical strategies, plans, projects and objectives in the assigned therapeutic area:

As appropriate, gathering and/or consolidating research, analytics and other information to support medical plan development

As assigned, working as part of the cross-functional Medical Affairs Team to develop and contribute to all aspects of the 3- year and 1-year Medical Plans; including statistical and analytical requirements for clinical studies, projects and other assessments, publication planning, interactions and communications with external partners, relevant medical meetings, presentations, other events and forums

As appropriate, working with cross-functional teams and global Roche partners to align Genentech medical and statistical analysis plans at the affiliate and global levels

Participate in development of statistical analysis strategies, objectives and requirements for each clinical trial or other study/investigation for assigned products, including health economics and outcomes research projects:

Providing sound strategic, statistical and scientific input on project objectives, experimental design and data analysis to meet project needs and health authorities statistical and scientific requirements

Working with your manager and others to establish data, analytical, statistical and reporting requirements for each study or other assessment. Includes working with statistical programmers and data management to confirm, build and implement data and systems programs and structuring

Serving as a Biostatistics contact on Study Management Teams (SMTs)

Reviewing all project designs and protocols

With guidance, authoring protocol statistical analysis sections and statistical analysis plans and managing study randomization code generation

When assigned, acting as a Biostatistics liaison for the team and primary statistical point-of-contact for medical monitor inquiries from trial sites, CROs, etc.

Responding to questions regarding statistical protocol inquiries and other related matters


Monitor and oversee pre-launch, launch and post-marketing clinical trials and other studies and assessments through to completion, reporting and publication:

Planning and coordinating a myriad of Biostatistics team activities to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned projects

Conducting ongoing in-depth reviews of data listings. Performing statistical analysis following established methodologies, protocols and procedures to identify key patterns, themes, potential issues, opportunities and results

Reviewing Case Report Forms (CRFs) to ensure that protocol objectives are met and that project standards are maintained

With guidance, authoring statistical analysis results in the clinical study report or other relevant reporting

Managing report development and completion through internal and external reviews

Providing biostatics inputs in response to internal and external questions

As assigned, represent Biostatistics in publication planning, congress and other meeting/association planning and management. Provide biostatistics content and input into publications and internal and external presentations. May also present biostatistics information, plans and results at internal forums

Review materials from other internal partners, as appropriate, to ensure alignment and accuracy with biostatistics strategies, direction and results


PhD. or Masters Degree + 3 years’ experience in statistics/biostatistics (PhD is preferred)


Knowledge of ICH-GCP and other relevant standards and guidelines

Sound knowledge of theoretical and applied statistics

Must demonstrate aptitude to understand Phase IV/post-marketing drug development (knowledge of or experience with Phase I - III drug development is preferred)

Relevant therapeutic area knowledge is a plus


Relevant therapeutic experience is a plus

Proven experience in the principles and techniques of data analysis, interpretation and clinical relevance


Proven track record of meeting or exceeding objectives and goals

Outstanding attention-to-detail

Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities and skills

Good business acumen: has working knowledge of the multi-disciplinary functions involved in a company's drug development process, e.g. research, development, clinical operations, biometrics, regulatory, commercial, etc.

Excellent project management skills: can prioritize multiple tasks and goals and ensure the timely, on-target and within-budget accomplishment of such

Good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills: can influence without authority

Good business presentation skills: is comfortable and effective when presenting to others, internally or externally

Good negotiation skills: knows how to complete deliverables by working effectively with others internally and externally

Willingness to partner with others and a proven track record of collaborative work relationships

Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficient with SAS and related software packages

Business travel, by air or car, is required for regular internal and external business meetings

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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