Statistical Science Director– Late Vaccines & Immunology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Durham, North Carolina, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware

Job Type: Full time


Location: Cambridge, UK; Gaithersburg, USA and Biometrics Hubs (Gothenburg, Sweden; Wilmington, USA, Durham, USA; Barcelona, Spain)

Competitive salary and benefits

Play a critical role in making our pipeline accessible to patients.

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Biostatistics? Would you like to apply your skills to impact all phases of drug development and regulatory interactions, in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for

some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

The Vaccines and Immune Therapies unit has been created to optimize AstraZeneca’s portfolio of vaccines and antibodies for prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. We are committed to focusing on developing and implementing scientific advancements.

We work on some of the most complex and interesting challenges. A fast-paced and agile team, we are empowered and trusted to innovate and experiment. With access to our extensive capabilities and comprehensive pipeline, you’ll be involved in countless submissions and a wide

range of engaging projects along the complete drug development process.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this role as Statistical Science Director, you will be accountable and independently lead the statistical strategy related to design, delivery and interpretation, high level internal governance committees and/or regulatory submissions of a project. You will be able to lead, perform and communicate results of more technical analyses, and able to guide less experienced staff. You will be an individual contributor with excellent cross-functional collaboration.

Focus & Challenge of Position

The accountabilities for supporting projects directly include:

  • Lead the statistical design and strategy to product development plans, preclinical studies, regulatory strategy, health technology assessment and/or commercial activities as appropriate for the stage of the product.

  • Lead the statistical content and ensure quality for study designs, documents, delivery and interpretation and submission

  • Quantify the benefit, risk, value and uncertainty of the emerging product profile and can communicate these effectively within the team

  • Provide global leadership to others and direct project work delivered by internal and external staff

  • Partner with CROs to ensure delivery to quality and time

  • Represent AZ externally which may include health authorities, advisory boards, conferences, workshops and/or payer interactions

  • Maintain knowledge of statistical methodology in relevant areas and promote, investigate and implement novel statistical approaches

  • Represent statistical strategy and decision making at internal decision-making governance including review boards and therapy area leadership teams

  • Mentor/coach and support the technical education and training of Statistics staff

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required


  • MSc/PhD in Statistics, Mathematics (containing a substantial statistical component), or recognised equivalent to stats MSc

  • Submission experience essential

  • Vaccines experience strongly preferred

  • Track record of background in leading independently

  • Exemplary technical skills

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Where can I find out more?

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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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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