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Statistician/Senior Statistician – Pre-Clinical

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Statistician/Senior Statistician – Pre-Clinical

Location – Cambridge, UK

Permanent position, open to part-time applications (minimum 0.8 FTE)

Competitive salary and flexible benefits offered

Be empowered to be innovative and creative where difference is valued

Are you a dedicated and curious applied Statistician?Would you like to join our team, where your contributions supporting our preclinical and nonclinical scientists will have a profound impact on R&D? If yes, this position at AstraZeneca might be your next challenge!

We have an exciting opportunity in our Data Science and Quantitative Biology Department as a Senior Statistician based at AstraZeneca in Cambridge, UK.

The team is made up of passionate statisticians, bioinformaticians, machine learning specialists and image analysts. We are part of the Discovery Sciences function that applies deep technical expertise in specialist technologies to support the delivery of targets and molecules to the early AstraZeneca pipeline. We work collaboratively towards a common goal, pushing the boundaries of science, by applying our quantitative skills to complex biological problems to deliver new medicines to patients.

Learn more about us here: or watch our DS &QuBi film to get to know the team better: A Life-changing day - Meet our Quantitative Biology team at AstraZeneca

What you will do:

You will play an important role by applying your statistical knowledge to drug discovery projects in a variety of collaborative project teams. The role needs you to innovate and be comfortable approaching problems with no known solutions.

As a Senior Statistician you will work with a problem-solving and perceptive approach to:

  • Identify and deliver solutions to address key biological questions using quantitative approaches

  • Build and internalize appropriate algorithms and techniques to answer biological questions

  • Develop and implement statistical learning models

  • Drive and lead projects

  • Engage with external collaborators via publications and presentations

Essential in the role:

Solving ambitious biological problems through partnerships motivates you. You are a specialist in your field, and you know that the best results are achieved by using the strengths of every individual.

You should also have:

  • Great interpersonal skills and be an agile communicator who can explain complex statistical methods to scientists with different levels of statistical knowledge.

  • Experience in data analysis and knowledge of some of the following areas: experimental design,DOE, linear/nonlinear models, Bayesian methods and statistical modelling.

  • Programming experience with tools such as R, Shiny, Julia, Stan or similar.

  • PhD or equivalent experience in statistics, mathematics, data science or similar.

To be successful in this role, you will enjoy operating in a multi-disciplinary research environment. You will enjoy teamwork, have a collaborative nature and will be an encouraging colleague to all.

Why AstraZeneca?

Thrive in a place where the brightest and most curious minds seamlessly come together in our inclusive environment. Here we are committed to making a difference in patients’ lives. We have built our business around our passion for science, and now we are fusing data and technology with the latest scientific innovations to achieve the next wave of breakthroughs.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete your application on our website at your earliest convenience. We welcome your application no later than 31st January 2023.

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering groundbreaking methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

For more information about the position please contact the hiring manager Natasha Karp,


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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.