Assistant Director, Biostatistician (Remote)

November 3, 2017
Job Type
Job Level
Associate Director, Manager or Senior Manager



Under the general direction of the Evidence Synthesis and Meta-analyses (ESM) and Applied Data Analytics teams, the candidate will lead and conduct meta-analyses across global markets, in order to support pharmaceutical, biotech, and device technologies’ evidence generation needs. The candidate will also provide methodological and statistical expertise on projects across multiple Xcenda teams focused on evidence generation and health economic initiatives. There will be opportunities for the candidate to participate in projects outside of ESM, including real-world data analytics, economic modeling, health technology assessments, and market access/shaping.



Content Development (~70% of duties):
  • Serve as the primary lead on meta-analysis engagements, including assessing the feasibility of conducting meta-analyses on various literature review findings, and serving as or guiding the primary biostatistician in developing statistical analysis plans (SAPs) and meta-analyses (classical and network)
  • Develop, conduct or guide templates for data extraction, quality checks, and report development; synthesize and summarize results from meta-analysis feasibility assessments and meta-analyses in plain language for communication to clients (eg, in MS PowerPoint or MS Word documents)
  • Manage large databases for quantitative engagements
  • Conduct standard and network meta-analyses (Bayesian/frequentist approaches) using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis, SAS, STATA, WinBUGS, or a similar software (STATA/WinBUGS is preferred)
  • Contribute to the development of proposals, project budgets, and project timelines
  • Provide support to the project team during systematic literature review design, data extraction, and quality assessment of the included studies
Client Focus (~30% of duties):
  • Participate in calls with current and potential clients (sales calls) to describe proposed or completed meta-analysis projects (methods and results)
  • Serve as a resource for both internal and external clients to aid in the understanding of meta-analysis results
  • Serve as the engagement lead on evidence synthesis projects, including the coordination and integration of scientific and medical input from internal team members and external clients to meet project deadlines, and the provision of clinical and/or strategic review of internal team member deliverables prior to delivery to clients 
  • Create and execute action plans to advance projects, allocating work and anticipating or identifying and resolving problems
  • Assume responsibility for on-time and on-budget delivery of projects, while maintaining high-quality standards
Communication / Collaboration:
  • Assist in the development and sharing of meta-analysis best practices to ensure and maintain the highest quality output consistent with Xcenda’s mission and vision 
  • Support goals for business unit/service line growth
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of all services
  • Work with and contribute to project team to complete projects
  • Maintain 80% chargeability 


An advanced degree in a relevant discipline is the minimum educational requirement, with at least 3 years of practical experience.


  • Proficient with implementing meta-analyses and using statistical software
  • An understanding of meta-analytic concepts and methods and the ability to effectively communicate this understanding in both verbal and written form
  • A demonstrated record of scientific publication is desirable, but not required
  • Familiarity with clinical trial design and statistics and their application to the interpretation and presentation of clinical data
  • Experience in other areas of outcomes research (such as observational database research, economic modeling, etc.) is desirable, but not required
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain high quality work output in a fast-paced dynamic environment while working on multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work within teams
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and experience with issues surrounding the marketing of pharmaceutical products in the global marketplace to include the design and use of health economics and outcomes research studies
  • Ability to communicate complex material in presentations and discussions in a straightforward manner
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and associated software
  • Travel requirements <10%
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