Statistical Programmer, HTA Statistical Programming (m/f/d)

  • MSD
  • Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
  • 09/07/2024
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Biostatistics

Job Description

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

This position supports statistical programming analysis and reporting activities for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) dossiers. In this role, the statistical programmer will support the development of scientifically based arguments aiming to provide fair accessibility to our company’s drugs and vaccines making a real difference in patient’s lives. The statistical programmer will work with other programming colleagues to gather and interpret user requirements provided by the HTA statisticians, access and retrieve the required data, and transform them into HTA analysis datasets, tables and figures under the guidance of a more senior statistical programmer. The statistical programmer will also perform validation activities following departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and contribute to the development of HTA standards library.


  • Programmatically develop, validate and maintain analysis and reporting deliverables for HTA dossiers

  • Assure deliverable quality and compliance with departmental SOPs and good programming practices

  • Collaborate effectively with project team members; be a valued part of project teams

  • Membership on departmental strategic initiative teams

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related analytical field

  • Bachelor's Degree required either a BA/BS in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Life Sciences, Engineering or related analytical field plus 2-4 years programming experience in programming languages like SAS and/or R

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 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)

Position Specific Required Skills and Experience:

  • Programming experience including data processing, statistical procedures and graphing and tabulation techniques; systems and database expertise

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

  • Basic understanding of statistics, clinical and data management concepts as applied to drug/vaccine development within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Ability to comprehend analysis plans which may describe HTA research and statistical programming methodology to be programmed

  • Takes direction effectively and completes programming tasks under the guidance of a senior programmer at a project level

  • 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 across cultures and geographies, enjoying diversity, respect and integrity

  • Knowledge in CDISC SDTM and ADaM industry standards is an asset

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in supporting analysis and reporting deliverables for HTA dossiers

  • Unix operating system experience; Oracle SQL experience; systems and database experience, R programming 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)

  • Active in professional societies

  • Experience in process improvement

Our Quantitative Sciences team use big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis and high-quality data to support decision making in clinical trials.


Our company has had a presence in Switzerland since 1963. With a regional office and manufacturing/packaging facility, Lucerne is considered the center of operations. Approximately 1,000 people work collaboratively at the four Lucerne locations (Tribschenstrasse, Citybay, Schachen and Kriens). A fifth location has been recently established in Zurich, aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of many of our company’s medicines and vaccines, which supports our mission to save and improve lives around the world. The new location has a target date of 2021 for operational readiness.

We are proud to be certified as a “Top Employer Switzerland” and “Top Employer Europe” showing the company’s commitment to our employees and the community around us.

The recently opened new location in Zurich focuses on accelerating research, data and commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The new office will be staffed by teams working in strategic and operational roles in medical affairs, clinical development, access and marketing operations functions.


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Job Posting End Date:07/13/2024

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Requisition ID:R301802