Principal Biostatistician (Oncology) – FSP

Anywhere in Europe or South Africa
10 Jan 2019
10 Feb 2019
Contract Type
  • Principal Biostatistician required to work for Covance on oncology studies in Phases I and II
  • You will be employed by Covance and work within our FSPx department 100% dedicated to one Sponsor
  • The Sponsor is a top 20 bio-pharmaceutical company and they have a very exciting and strong oncology pipeline
  • Office based in any of our European offices or home based anywhere in Europe
  • You must be an experienced Biostatistician with strong oncology experience gained within a CRO/Pharma
  • Candidates must be fluent in English language (both verbal and written)

Discover new opportunities to grow your career as a Covance FSP Principal Biostatistician.  Covance FSP are looking to hire a Principal Biostatistician with experience in early phase Oncology. Our partner has an incredibly exciting and strong oncology pipeline with over 50 ongoing studies in Phases I and II.  You will be part of a team dedicated to early phase Oncology projects. The position offers a strong support network, flexible working solutions and the opportunity to raise your profile in the industry.  If you are looking to strengthen your therapeutic expertise within oncology whilst gaining exposure to a Bio-Pharmaceutical working environment this is a fantastic opportunity. 

What is FSP?

At Covance, you can redefine what is possible and discover your extraordinary potential within our Functional Service Provider team (FSP).

As a Covance employee dedicated to an FSP project you will bring your specialized discipline to a core team working directly with one sponsor.  Whether your specialization is in clinical monitoring, clinical project management, data management, biometrics or pharmacovigilance Covance has an FSP opportunity to match your area of expertise. 

Each FSP offers a unique opportunity to be a part of the drug development cycle and see a product through to launch. We have multiple partnerships giving you the variety and the flexibility to stay with sponsors, try a new external secondment or work in house on Covance studies.

With the support of exceptional people and an energized purpose, you’ll be empowered to own your career journey with dedicated mentoring, training and personalized development planning.  Further information can be found at:

Job Primary Functions

  • Apply knowledge of basic and complex statistical design, analysis, and programming techniques
  • Efficiently and effectively coordinate statistical activities for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Serve as primary statistical representative for biometrics standalone projects or otherwise complex studies
  • Participate in bids & proposal as well as marketing activities for Covance.
  • Effectively manage broad based projects such as NDA submissions or complex, multi-protocol programs, potentially coordinating activities across multiple locations
  • Develop and execute study designs and regulatory strategy as related to drug development
  • Maintain awareness of project budgets and tasks, and effectively communicate the status of such tasks to line management and the project manager, as appropriate
  • Provide guidance and work direction to more junior Biostatisticians. Actively monitor project budgets and help staff identify resource or scope of work changes.
  • Interact with project team and line manager to identify project priorities and communicate such activities and associated timelines to departmental management

A comprehensive full job description is available.

 Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, equivalent, or higher in Biostatistics or related field
  • You must be an experienced Biostatistician with strong early phase oncology experience gained within a CRO/Pharma
  • Experience with Adaptive Design trials
  • Experience with Umbrella/Platform trials preferred but not required
  • Experience with Bayesian analysis preferred
  • Ability to write code to validate efficacy outputs required
  • Excellent communications skills (written and spoken) for both internal and external communications.
  • Well organized and proactive
  • Experience with SAS statistical software
  • Experience with regulatory submissions and support preferred
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of data and information during interactions with staff at all levels
  • Extensive experience in leading statistical activities in clinical research
  • Ability to program in one or more statistical software packages used to conduct statistical analyses
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate statistical concepts
  • Candidates must be fluent in English language (both verbal and written)
  • You must have previous experience of working as a Senior level Biostatistician in either a biotech, CRO or pharma company




For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please phone Peter Lewis on +44 (0) 1628 543 457.  To apply, please click on the APPLY button. 

About Covance:

As the drug development business of LabCorp and the world’s most comprehensive drug development service company, we have helped pharmaceutical and biotech companies develop 100% of the top 50 prescription drugs in the marketplace today.  Because of our broad experience and specialized expertise, we’re in a unique position to supply insights that go above and beyond testing.  Together with our clients, we create solutions that transform potential into reality.  For more information on Covance please visit:


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