Senior Statistical Programmer, Real World Evidence (Remote)

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

This position supports statistical programming activities for analysis and reporting on Real World Evidence projects for a variety of customers across our Company’s Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) and our Company’s Center for Observational Research and Real World Evidence (CORE) groups. The senior statistical programmer utilizes multiple programming languages including SAS and R to support analysis and reporting on electronic healthcare databases to discover disease prevalence and risk factors, describe drug utilization patterns and disease progression, support market research, answer clinical development questions and describe a drug’s clinical safety profile. In this role, the senior statistical programmer will gather and interpret user requirements from CORE outcomes research scientists and BARDS epidemiologists, retrieve the required data from electronic healthcare databases, and develop disease cohorts, analytical datasets, tables and figures and perform validation activities following departmental SOPs. The senior statistical programmer will be a key collaborator with CORE scientists and BARDS epidemiologists to execute project plans efficiently.

Minimum required education:

+ MS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related analytical field plus 3-7 years experience in multiple programming languages including SAS and R.

+ BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related analytical field plus 5-9 yrs experience in multiple programming languages including SAS and R.

Required Experience and Skills:

+ Effective interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively.

+ Effective English written, oral, and presentation skills.

+ Effective knowledge and experience in developing analysis and reporting deliverables for R&D projects (data, analyses, tables, graphics, listings).

+ A project leader; completes tasks independently at a project level; ability to communicate clearly to key stakeholders.

+ Significant expertise in SAS and R Real World Evidence programming including data processing, statistical procedures and graphing and tabulation techniques; systems and database expertise.

+ Ability to extend existing or develop new programming algorithms.

+ Ability to quickly and effectively learn new program techniques and data structures; capacity to seamlessly assimilate to new projects.

+ Ability to comprehend data analysis plans which may describe observational research and statistical methodology to be programmed; understanding of observational research or statistical terminology and concepts; Ability to implement observational research or statistical methods not currently available through commercial software packages.

+ Unix operating system experience; SQL experience; systems and database experience.

+ Demonstrated success in the assurance of deliverable quality and process compliance. Strong working knowledge of reporting processes (SOPs) and software development life-cycle (SDLC).

+ Thrives working in an exploratory environment, handling non-standard data in a variety of formats with minimal requirements.

+ An interest to advance career by investing in development activities and taking on tasks with increasing levels of challenge and responsibility.

+ Team oriented with demonstrated history of teamwork and collaboration; enjoying diversity, respect and integrity.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

+ Understanding of statistics, clinical and data management concepts as applied to drug/vaccine development within the pharmaceutical industry.

+ Experience assuring programming consistency across protocols and projects, directing the program development effort of other programmers; experience as a programming mentor.

+ Experience in version control tools (e.g. git, github, bitbucket).

+ Experience working with coding systems such as ICD-9, READ/OXMIS, and ICD-10.

+ Strategic thinking – ability to turn strategy into tactical activities; design of statistical databases with the end in mind that optimize analysis and reporting and leverage departmental standards and industry best-practices.

+ Ability to anticipate stakeholder requirements.

+ Ability and interest to work across cultures and geographies.

+ Active in professional societies.

+ Experience in process improvement.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.





Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Job Posting: JC216326275

Posted On: Jun 16, 2022

Updated On: Aug 17, 2022