Principal Statistical Bioinformatician, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
14 Mar 2021
11 Apr 2021
Contract Type

Are you looking to be part of one of the world's most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies? We have 3 global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. We are committed to widening access to our products, so more people can benefit, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay.

GSK has a thriving global community of statisticians across the three divisions of our company. Within the pharmaceutical division, our clinical statisticians are industry leading experts in data analysis and methodologic research. Our end-to-end project support model ensures that our statisticians collaborate across the entire range of drug development, from early clinical development, to registration and marketed product support.

The successful candidate will serve as an expert scientific leader in the Statistical Bioinformatics team and will have the opportunity to be closely engaged in the clinical biomarker objectives and significantly influence the translational medicine efforts and companion diagnostic development.

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following...

  • Provide high quality and timely support for the various biomarker projects across all phases of drug development pipeline in collaboration with other functional area scientists.
  • Embrace and consider a wide range of classical and modern data analytic and predictive modeling (machine learning) methods and solutions.
  • Propose and implement optimal and fit-for-purpose statistical and computational solutions for various biomarker studies.
  • Proactively give and receive feedback on the projects supported by all members of the Statistical Bioinformatics team to ensure high quality contributions for biomarker needs in the drug development pipeline.
  • Develop and automate data analysis and visualization tools.
  • Maintain proficiency in applying a variety of classical and modern statistical methods and machine learning algorithms and be competent in explaining and justifying the methods used.
  • Lead the development and evaluation of new statistical methods and machine learning algorithms for research topics of greatest need.
  • Significantly contribute to the external scientific community via conference presentations, publications and collaborations.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience with a wide variety of biomarker data such as genomics, proteomics and imaging from various traditional and cutting-edge analytical platforms.
  • Demonstrated expertise in applying sound computational and statistical approaches for processing and analyzing data from these platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively contribute to the project strategy and decisions beyond the core data analysis elements.
  • An analytical and inquisitive mind with a proven track record for problem solving.
  • Well-honed written and oral communication skills.
  • A proven ability to build effective and trusting relationships with members of interdisciplinary matrix teams.
  • A proven ability to build powerful networks within and outside the company and use these relationships to achieve support for the planning and implementation of innovative approaches.

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • PhD in statistics, computational methods or related field with focus on methods for genomics and related high-dimensional data analysis.
  • At least 5 years of relevant pharmaceutical research experience with high-dimensional biomarker data from all phases of clinical trials, or Masters in statistics or related field with at least 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with leading the computational support for multiple clinical studies/projects.
  • Experience with utilizing innovative and fit-for-purpose statistical and predictive modeling methods for the analysis of biomarker and high dimensional data from clinical trials.
  • Experience programming in R

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships.
  • Experience programming in R with demonstrated ability to develop and automate analysis scripts and tools for broader use.
  • Strong multi-tasking and self-management skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to explain novel and standard methods to scientific and clinical colleagues.
  • Highly proficient in a wide range of classical and modern statistical and machine learning methods, with good external reputation via strong publications and conference presentations.
  • Develop and execute sound analysis strategy in a timely manner with clear and insightful presentation and reporting skills.
  • Background in biological sciences, bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Strong track record of methodological and applied research, conference presentations and publications.
  • Experience in applying Bayesian statistical methods in biomarker applications.
  • Prior experience in precision medicine and drug development.
  • Programming experience in other languages such as Python, Perl, SAS, etc.
  • Experience providing statistical support for the development of companion diagnostics

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Operating at pace and agile decision-making - using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk.
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.
  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning.
  • Sustaining energy and well-being Building strong relationships and collaboration, honest and open conversations.
  • Budgeting and cost-consciousness.

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers. As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

As you apply, we will ask you to share some personal information which is entirely voluntary. We want to have an opportunity to consider a diverse pool of qualified candidates and this information will assist us in meeting that objective and in understanding how well we are doing against our inclusion and diversity ambitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete it. Rest assured, Hiring Managers do not have access to this information and we will treat your information confidentially.

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