What does a Biostatistician (BST) do?
A biostatistician uses mathematics and statistics to design experiments for medicines. They are responsible for collecting and summarising the results, and typically publishing those results. As a critical member of a research team they often write papers based their research and area of expertise. They use applied and theoretical statistical methods to continually advance the science of data analysis.
Typically, a Biostatistician:
- Reports to, and receives instructions from, the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM)
- Secures clinical data from the Clinical Data Manager (CDM) and does the necessary statistical analyses on the data
- Interprets the meaning of the statistical outputs coming from the different statistical analyses
- Assists the CTM inwriting the final technical paper, especially on the section of “Statistical Analyses”
- Works closely with, and gives instructions to, the CDM with due permission from the CTM
- Performs other duties that may be assigned by the CTM.
Qualifications / Experiences Required
- Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Statistics, or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with major in Statistics
- Preferably with some units in courses related to marketing, business, or life sciences
- Has worked in a pharmaceutical company, or related field, for at least 3 years as Clinical Research Associate, or Biostatistician.
A Biostatistician, after at least 3 years, might progress to Clinical Data Manager, or Clinical Trial Manager.