Principal Biostatistician

Denali Therapeutics

Denali Therapeutics

Data Science
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Principal Biostatistician

Denali Therapeutics is dedicated to developing breakthrough therapies for neurodegenerative diseases through our deep commitment to degeneration biology and principles of translational medicine.

The Opportunity

Denali Therapeutics is seeking to recruit an experienced Principal Biostatistician. The candidate will lead Biostatistics planning activities and deliverables in support of Denali’s core clinical development programs and help shape strategies for clinical development programs. The ideal candidate will guide analytical aspects of a core program entering late stage development, inform study designs, develop and implement novel statistical and computational techniques for analyzing data generated both in house and by external CROs, lead reporting and analysis deliverables, and use a combination of curiosity and statistical acumen to identify and solve interesting problems. This position will report to the Senior Director of Biometrics.


  • Devise and lead statistical strategies for clinical development of drug candidates including pivotal Phase 2/3 studies and NDA/MAA/BLA submissions.
  • Ensure statistical integrity of analysis and reporting deliverables, including guidance on statistical methodology, optimization of study designs, endpoint selection, author/review statistical sections of the protocol, clinical study reports and related documents, oversee timelines and study level tasks pertaining to statistical analysis and reporting.
  • Conduct hands-on exploratory analyses, sample size estimation, modeling and simulation, and create tools to gain useful insights from data as needed.
  • Consult on methodologies for modeling large scale data (e.g., metabolomics, genetic).
  • Interpret, summarize and present data and statistical considerations to internal project teams, senior management, advisory board meetings and to global health authorities.
  • Collaborate with Clinical Operations to select, oversee, contract, and manage Biostatistics vendors and contract research organizations.
  • Teach Stats basics and/or create standard tools and practices to enable colleagues to visualize and gain insights from their data.
  • Seek out interesting problems and use Statistics to solve them.


  • PhD. in Statistics or Biostatistics with a minimum of 5 years clinical development experience in multiple programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of statistical methodology and its application to solve problems in the pharmaceuticals/biotechnology setting.
  • Experience supporting regulatory submissions, interacting with the FDA and/or global regulatory authorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; expert collaboration and communication skills.
  • Experience working with orphan indications highly desired.
  • Strong programming skills in R, Shiny, Markdown; working knowledge of Git and Unix/Linux environments.
  • Familiarity with industry data standards, including CDISC, SDTM and ADaM data models.
  • Ability and interest to work cross functionally.
  • Highly independent, curious and creative, can do attitude, and embraces continuous improvement culture.

Denali is committed to its core company value of unity by creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, basis of disability, or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Salary Range: $185,000 to $222,333. Compensation for the role will depend on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience. Denali offers a competitive total rewards package, which includes a 401k, healthcare coverage, ESPP and a broad range of other benefits. Learn more at

*This compensation and benefits information is based on Denali’s good faith estimate as of the date of publication and may be modified in the future.

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