June 9th, 2022 Biometrics

Principal SAS Programmer


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Position Summary:

Works closely with other programmers, biostatisticians, and clinical data managers in supporting the collection, analysis, and reporting of clinical data for phase I-IV clinical development programs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Following SDTM (Study Data Tabulation Model) Implementation Guide, develops mapping specifications and executes programming algorithms for Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC)-compliant SDTM production.
  • Following statistical analysis plans and Analysis Data Model (ADaM) standards, develops and executes derivation algorithms for analysis dataset production and performs statistical analyses.
  • Produces data listings, summary tables and graphs using SAS software.
  • Independently validates data listings, summary tables and graphs.
  • Imports and exports SAS data.
  • Assists data management group performing data edit checks.
  • Reviews Case Report forms (CRF/eCRF) and provides comments.
  • Understands and conducts work consistent with GCP, ICH, 21 CFR part 11, internal SOPs and training, and international regulatory requirements.
  • Plays an active role in taking project solutions and generalizing them for the Biostatistics group.
  • Interacts with the project statistician
  • Leads the efforts of programmers on a clinical study
  • Takes a leading role in achieving consistency and efficiency across all studies in a therapeutic area
  • Evaluates offerings from software vendors and contract service providers


  • Bachelor’s degree in (bio) statistics or related field, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered.  Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Certified Base or Advanced Programmer experience is required.
  • Desired 8 years dynamically responsible experience in clinical statistical programming within pharmaceutical or related industry (biotechnology, medical device, Clinical Research Organization (CRO)).
  • SAS Certified Base or Advance Programmer experience is preferred.
  • Proven experience in SAS Version 9 programming including base SAS, Access, Macro, Stat, ODS, Graph, and advanced inferential statistics procedures (e.g., proc mixed, proc genmod, proc phreg)
  • Experience with industry data standards such as SDTM, AdAM, CDISC, or HL7 required
  • Exposure to statistical graphics software is required.
  • Strong communication skills, teamwork, and attention to detail are crucial.
  • Working knowledge of GCP, ICH, 21 CFR part 11, or other international regulations
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, take initiative and work independently.
  • Proven ability to guide more junior programmers.
  • Skilled at clearly conveying in-depth knowledge to all levels within, and outside of, the organization.
  • Skilled at creating a cooperative team environment.
  • Able to objectively evaluate situations and make recommendations for changes in light of overall project demands. 


Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways, exercising judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.  Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.  Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.


What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

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