Principal Statistician or Statistician - Research (Non-Clinical), Open to flexible working

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Stevenage, Hertfordshire
29 Sep 2021
29 Oct 2021
Contract Type

Our team (Research Statistics) collaborates with top laboratory and clinical scientists to advance exciting, innovative ideas in drug discovery.  We design experiments, analyze data, and visualize results for projects that range from small studies with single endpoints to high-dimensional genomic data. We use traditional statistical methods and modern machine learning algorithms, design experiments to develop new technologies and analyze data to identify biomarkers for clinical trials.  Our work is varied and challenging with the common goal to advance the science of human health.

To succeed, team members need good technical and communication skills, the desire to develop their statistical and scientific knowledge continually, and the ability to develop practical solutions and apply statistical techniques in creative ways.  Successful candidates will be innovative, pragmatic, and flexible, thriving in a dynamic, collegial environment with frequent new challenges and excellent opportunities to develop and succeed. 

In this role, the Statistician / Principal Statistician will be responsible for providing statistical design and analysis for scientific research projects at GSK under the supervision of a more experienced statistician within our team.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating closely with GSK scientists and other statisticians to address drug discovery questions with statistical methods.
  • Applying existing statistical methods or developing new ones to address scientific problems.
  • Designing experiments to address scientific questions clearly and accurately.
  • Analyzing data accurately and visualizing scientific results clearly to provide insight for making drug discovery decisions.
  • Communicating statistical concepts, design recommendations, and the results of statistical analyses clearly and accurately to GSK scientists and scientific managers.
  • Working with other statisticians on internal department initiatives, e.g. to develop specific technical or consulting skills, new processes, etc.
  • Reviewing literature and writing simulations to evaluate statistical methods for application to drug discovery problems.
  • Representing our statistics team in collaborations with other internal statistics teams and scientists.

GSK’s overall R&D strategy focuses on science related to the immune system, the use of human genetics and advanced technologies. These unlock the potential of new areas of science, enabling us to design and develop new classes of medicine and bring them to patients more quickly and cost-effectively.

Applications close once position is filled.

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Basic Qualifications:

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

  • MSc or PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills


  • To apply statistical skills accurately to practical problems
  • To collaborate well with statisticians and scientists from other disciplines
  • To explain novel and standard statistical methods clearly to scientific colleagues
  • To identify existing or develop new statistical methods to improve the design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies
  • To evaluate, recommend, and implement statistical tools for addressing scientific problems
  • To learn new statistics skills quickly and independently

Motivated to continue learning new statistical skills and to solve challenging problems in drug discovery

Practical understanding of at least some of the following statistics topics:

  • Experimental design, mixed models, Bayesian methods, linear and nonlinear regression, repeated measures, machine learning algorithms, analysis of high-dimensional data

Why GSK?:

GSK is a place where outstanding people do amazing things. As a science-led global healthcare company, we exist to help people do more, feel better, live longer. This special purpose – along with our goal of being one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies – helps us attract some of the best and brightest minds in the world.

We take pride in providing access to all and continually focus on our opportunity and obligation to do more to improve inclusion and diversity: for our people inside GSK; in the way we do business; and in the communities where we operate. 

We want our company to be a place where diversity of people and thought is valued everywhere and where we’re all able to be ourselves and feel a sense of belonging. An inclusive organization where we all feel valued, engaged and supported, knowing that our work makes an important contribution to our mission. Reinforced by our clear values and expectations, it is part of our DNA. Together we achieve extraordinary things for our patients and consumers, who rely on us each and every day.

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.

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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.

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