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Lilly Principal Research Scientist – Real World Analytics in Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.


The Project Statistician for Real-World Analytics develops or assists in the development of protocol designs and data analysis plans in collaboration with Health Outcomes Research Scientists, physicians, and/or other colleagues. The Project Statistician is responsible for working with research associates and scientists to ensure analytical and scientific integrity of deliverables from observational studies and clinical trials.

Key Responsibilities:

The job tasks listed below outline the scope of the position. The application of these tasks may vary, based upon current business needs.

Design and Analysis of Prospective and Retrospective Observational Studies

  • Operate in collaboration with study personnel to provide input on study protocol, design studies and write protocols for the conduct of each study.

  • Assist in or be accountable for selecting statistical methods for data analysis, authoring the corresponding sections of the protocol and the statistical analysis plan, and conducting the actual analysis once a reporting database is created.

  • Collaborate with data sciences in the planning and implementation of data quality assurance plans.

  • Maintain currency with respect to statistical methodology, particularly in methods applicable to observational research.

  • Perform peer-review of work products from other statistical colleagues.

  • Influence team members regarding appropriate research methods

Communication of Results and Inferences

  • Collaborate with team members to write reports and communicate results.

  • Assist with, or be responsible for, communicating study results via regulatory submissions, manuscripts, or oral presentations in group settings, as well as for communicating one-on-one with key customers and presenting at scientific meetings.

  • Support responses to regulatory queries and/or regulatory interactions.

Therapeutic Area Knowledge

  • Understand disease states, competitive landscapes, and regulatory environment in order to enhance the level of customer focus and collaboration and be seen as a strong scientific contributor.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Perform work in full compliance with assigned curriculum(s) and will be responsible for following applicable corporate, medical, local, and departmental policies, procedures, processes, and training.

Statistical Leadership and Teamwork

  • Introduce and apply innovative methodology and tools to solve critical problems.

  • Merge scientific thinking and business knowledge to identify issues, evaluate options and implement solutions.

  • Lead projects independently and work effectively across functions. Apply technical expertise to influence business decisions.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  • Ph.D. Statistics OR Biostatistics

  • At least 7 years of proven experience in health outcomes research and/or real-world evidence

Other Information/Additional Preferences:

  • Proficient in statistical programming languages/software such as SAS, R, Spotfire, WinBUG, etc

  • Significant experience with electronic medical records and/or healthcare claims databases

  • An established track record of developing and maintaining an area of statistical or collaborative research

  • Broad expertise in causal inference approaches

  • Experience with health economic modeling

  • Experience interacting with HTA/payer or regulatory agencies

  • Knowledge of psychometric analyses to evaluate measurement scales/instruments

  • Interpersonal communication skills for effective customer consultation

  • Teamwork and leadership skills

  • Technical expertise and application with working knowledge of observational or experimental study design and analysis

  • Demonstrated problem solving ability and critical thinking

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!