Senior Biostatistician, Clinical Safety Statistics

  • MSD International GmbH
  • Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
  • 02/04/2020
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Biostatistician

Job Description

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.

We are currently looking for an experienced Senior Biostatistician, Clinical Safety Statistics to join the BARDS Team based in our new office in Zürich. (full-time, indefinite).

You will be part of the BARDS organization which has a presence in the US, EU and Asia Pacific. By joining our company, in this role you will apply your skills and experience in support of developing scientifically based arguments aiming to provide fair accessibility to our company drugs and vaccines making a real difference in patient’s lives.

Since its establishment in 1938, the department of Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) has provided 80+ years of quantitative leadership in the innovation and application of research design and statistical analysis methods to support our company’s strategic goals. Our quantitative scientists aspire to maintain the highest quality output while adopting the most efficient and effective scientific and operational procedures that will promote breakthrough innovation, collaboration and professional activity.

The BARDS organization has established in Europe its Center of Excellence supporting Health Technology Assessment (HTA) dossiers. The BARDS organization is expanding our global presence by establishing clinical safety statistics capabilities in our newly established R&D hub in Zurich.


  • Provide statistical support to projects in the BARDS Clinical Safety Statistics (CSS) group, focusing on safety analyses supporting HTA submissions
  • Contribute to the design and development of statistical methodologies, processes, standards and tools for clinical safety evaluation
  • Support the planning and execution of ongoing safety evaluations across pre-marketing and post-marketing drug development life cycles
  • Collaborate with HTA statistics, late development statistics and scientific programming groups to ensure high quality deliverables for submissions to health authorities
  • Contribute to the preparation of the written reports to effectively communicate statistical findings and clinical evaluations
  • May involve in research activities for innovative statistical methods and applications in clinical safety evaluation


  • PhD or equivalent degree in statistics\biostatistics or related discipline, or a master’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Fluency in English (oral and written).
  • Good knowledge of statistical analysis methodologies including survival analysis, meta-analysis and Bayesian analysis
  • Good understanding of data management and clinical concepts applied to drug development within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Working knowledge of statistical and data processing software e.g. SAS and/or R.
  • Demonstrates strong interest in statistical research activities and application of novel methods to clinical development.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; ability to function effectively in a team environment with members from different functional areas and different cultures

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 (Weystrasse, Citybay, Schachen and Kriens). A fifth location has been recently established in Zürich, 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 Zürich 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. The new location has a target date of 2021 for operational readiness.


Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.


In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.


We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively for the common good. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Requisition ID:R37559