June 5th, 2023 Biometrics

Executive Director Biostatistics

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Acadia’s Executive Director of Biostatistics is a senior leadership position within the Biometrics organization and a key member of the Biometrics Leadership Team. The individual in this position holds overall accountability for the statistical aspects (both strategic and technical) of all drug development projects. Will lead, manage, and develop a team of internal Statisticians, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of statistical input to drug development, including feasibility assessments, development plans, complex study designs, interpretations, and follow up. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements the vision to support research & development, pre-clinical, and clinical data analysis
  • Oversees advanced statistical and technical activities for the design, analysis and interpretation of statistical data
  • Provides critical thinking and statistical expertise to define the right questions to be answered in the design of clinical trials; specifically contributes from a statistical perspective to the creation of the Clinical Development Plans
  • Directs the design, development, modification and evaluation of a technical infrastructure to expedite the operation and evaluation of clinical trials
  • Manages the design, monitors the statistical analysis and develops tracking systems to determine the efficiency of clinical trials. Manages the evaluation and design of clinical data statistics
  • Provides primary statistical input for clinical design studies
  • Directs development and support of dedication data analysis pipelines
  • Directs bio statistical support for commercially available products
  • Provides analytic support to aid in decision making in the development of new laboratory developed tests
  • Responsible for leading the biostatistics team in ensuring effective, timely, high quality and compliance management and delivery of goals and accountabilities of multiple ongoing projects
  • Ensures all department work is performed consistent with Good Clinical Practices (GCP), International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), 21 CFR part 11, internal SOPs and training, and international regulatory requirements
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in (bio) statistics or related field, An equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered
  • Minimum of 15 years progressively responsible experience in clinical research with a focus on biostatistics and 10 years’ in a leadership role
  • Experience includes managing statisticians on clinical trials and/or clinical research projects that have delivered the agreed-upon end products on time, and prior guidance of lower level or less experienced staff. Pharmaceutical industry experience required
  • Demonstrated contribution to analysis of clinical trials and/or clinical research projects, and/or participation in preparation of academic manuscripts or other written summaries of analysis results, thorough experience with the drug development process
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of settings and through multiple experiences and ability to manage project responsibilities independently across a variety of different projects
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and networking skills with the ability to build cross functional bridges
  • Established track record (publications, research and presentations) in biostatistics with a robust network of statistician experts
  • Established track record of successfully leading a Team of Statisticians
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization
  • Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals
  • Solid knowledge of SAS programming and at least some other significant statistics software (e.g., R, S-Plus, PASS) is required
  • Ability to code complex statistical analyses; proficient with good coding practices

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

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