Postgraduate Quantitative Science Statistics Programme

Do you want to work for one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, applying your statistical skills to make key contributions to the development of new medicines? Do you want to gain in-depth experience and understanding in all aspects of drug development through a rotation scheme?

Exciting opportunities based in either the UK or US, have now arisen within Quantitative Sciences for exceptional new and recently qualified Statisticians with a keen interest in drug development.

What’s Quantitative Sciences all about?

Quantitative Sciences (QSci), a division in the R&D organisation, is dedicated to delivering quality data-driven discovery, development and post marketing decisions. It includes statistics groups covering non-clinical areas and clinical drug development in a wide range of therapeutic areas and phases. Exciting opportunities have now arisen within QSci for new and recently qualified Statisticians.

Do I have the skills?

You'll need to have a PhD in Statistics/Biostatistics and have the ability to apply statistical knowledge and logical thinking to practical situations. Exceptional students currently completing a Statistics MSc will also be considered. Experience of statistical software i.e. SAS/R/Statistica would be an advantage (software training as well as training in advanced statistics will be offered). You will also need good communication, interpersonal, and team-working skills.

What will the programme be like?

This programme involves three year-long rotations within the different statistics group (nonclinical and early and late phase clinical groups), remaining based at your home site (UK or US), to allow you to gain a thorough understanding and experience of the different areas involved in getting a new drug to market. At the end of the three years you will be placed in a position to suit personal and business needs. Throughout the scheme, you'll have opportunities to meet with other graduates for training, development and our annual statistics conference.

Where can I go?

Throughout the programme, you’ll receive feedback from key stakeholders, helping you develop both technically and professionally. The rotational programme has been developed to incorporate both the needs of the business and your own personal development. By moving into different sectors of QSci you will be able to further your experiences and plan your career path.

What will I learn?

Part of a vibrant, global scientific community, you’ll work in teams that combine a mix of disciplines. We’re at the cutting edge of science and technology, so you’ll never be far from an expert who can help you to learn, grow and contribute to our business. You will be able to apply your statistical skills to make key contributions to the development of new medicines: this will involve enhancing and developing your statistical knowledge, and may involve the development of novel methods. You'll undertake a number of core training and personal development courses, alongside additional opportunities, tailored to suit your development needs.

How can I apply?

We will be open again for applications in August 2014.