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Senior Statistician - Oncology

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Statistician/Senior - Oncology

Location: Cambridge (UK)

Salary: Competitive salary, with excellent benefits.

Would you like to be involved with a Biostatistics group who have direct strategic impact on drug development, playing a key role in getting innovative medicines to patients?

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every single day. We are building on our strong pipeline and turning ideas into life-changing medicines that benefit patients around the globe.

Our biometrics teams use their expertise in statistics and programming to answer drug development objectives and reduce uncertainty in product development, driving better business decisions with quantitative reasoning.

The R&D Oncology organisation brings together early and late oncology teams, from discovery through to late-stage development, with oncology specific Regulatory and Biometrics groups.


You will lead the strategic, statistical thinking and contributions to the development plan, study design and execution, regulatory and commercial strategy, as well as reimbursement assessment of AZ products.  There are many career options you can pursue for progression including technical pathways, management of global projects or line management.

You’ll be part of a global team that pulls together to put patients first.


Reporting to an Director/Senior Director, you will provide statistical expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Analyse internal and external information to inform design decisions and the development of decision criteria 
  • Support for delivering studies, both internally and externally, all the way from the clinical study protocol to study reports and publications 
  • Lead statistical contributions to regulatory submissions and approvals.
  • Contribute to payer and reimbursement assessments.
  • Find opportunities for the application of modelling and simulation to improve study design 
  • Identify and apply statistical methodology to improve the process and delivery activities 
  • Perform ad hoc and exploratory data analyses
  • Quantify the benefit, risk, value and uncertainty of the emerging product profile
  • Holding CROs accountable for the high-quality standards of their deliverables
  • Represent AZ and Statistics to Health Authorities and Reimbursement/Payer Organizations for specific projects/indications
  • Promote, investigate, develop and implement novel statistical approaches, for relevant statistical issues.


To succeed in this role, you’ll be a Biostatistician with good knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements related to statistical work within the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry. You’ll enjoy multitasking, collaborating and have an appetite for solving problems.  You will need to be an effective communicator globally, with a strong team focus who enjoys collaborating to achieve the best results.

Desirable experience includes:

  • MSc or PhD in Statistics or Mathematics
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Experience working as a statistician, preferably in pharma/healthcare or other relevant area 
  • Diligence – attention to detail and able to handle concurrent projects and activities
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal skills and ability to influence partners
  • Experience of drug development, study design and data analysis and interpretation
  • Knowledge of regulatory submission requirement

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a phenomenal fit, please share this posting with them.

Where can I find out more?

Date advert open: 21st January 2021

Date advert closed: 21st February 2021