Reporting to the SVP of Research and Development, PatientsLikeMe is looking for an experienced, high energy leader to establish a new Biostatistics group within Research and Development. Bringing scientific expertise and leadership skills, this person will work cross-functionally with senior management at PatientsLikeMe while providing both scientific and people leadership to the Biostatistics group. This is a newly created position at PatientsLikeMe intended for a forward looking, senior scientist comfortable operating in an evolving organization and committed to patient-centered research and outcomes. 


  • Establish and manage biostatistics group at PLM
  • Lead biostatistics and methods development efforts at PLM, to enhance to scientific research, business value, productivity and creativity
  • Guide the development and implementation of data management and statistical programming standards
  • Identify innovative and effective analytical models/methods for research studies
  • Supervise psychometric and quantitative analyses in the context of the existing scientific literature and design studies that clearly answer research objectives
  • Provide biostatistics subject matter expertise to the business, project management, and product development
  • Work cross-functionally with senior management to optimize research processes, maximize analytics with PLM platform data, and define new research directions based on sound quantitative design
  • Supervision of biostatistician group and mentoring of junior research staff to build their statistical, methodological, innovation, and publication skills
  • Represent research and participate in key internal development and research projects
  • Collaborate with pharmaceutical and health organization customers to eliciting study goals/requirements and execute methodologically rigorous research designs to serve the PLM patient community and answer client business needs and
  • Provide oversight and review on cross-functional teams (health data integrity, data science and client services) toproduce research insights and effectively communicate with the client/stakeholder throughout the research process
  • Submit and present conference presentations and posters;¬†publish peer-reviewed journal articles


  • MD or PhD-level education (or other equivalent degree) and established reputation in the fields of psychometrics and biostatistics
  • 7+ years of experience managing direct reports, assembling teams, and implementing working relationships with commercial, academic, nonprofit, and government partners
  • 7+ years of experience leading large commercial or research projects, e.g., record of attracting funding through grants, consulting, or commercial activity
  • 7+ years of experience in human clinical research (clinical trials, outcome studies); demonstrated experience in research design, data collection, managing data sets, qualitative data analysis, and/or psychometrics
  • Advanced proficiency in SAS, SPSS, R, STAT, and other relevant statistical software
  • Advanced proficiency in the designing and psychometric testing of patient-reported outcome instruments
  • Advanced understanding of the development, programming, management, validation and documentation maintenance of all statistical programming tasks
  • Extensive experience working directly with commercial and/or academic sponsors in identifying and conceptualizing patient reported outcome projects, e.g.,
  • Understanding of key clients (e.g. pharmaceutical development, medical devices, payors, providers, government)
  • Record of scholarship, e.g., peer-reviewed first author publications (research manuscripts, invited reviews, editorials) in the field of medicine, psychology, epidemiology, statistics, public health or related field; conference presentations as invited speaker or panelist; appointment to grant committees, oversight positions, expert judging panels
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