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Lilly SDnA Intern to Fulltime PhD – Research Advisor Statistician 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 35,000 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.

Basic Qualifications:

PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics, or related field, graduating by May 2023.

Must have successfully completed a previous internship with Lilly

Travel Percentage:



The Clinical Project Statistician develops or assists in the development of protocol designs, clinical plans, and data analysis plans in collaboration with physicians, veterinarians, and/or medical colleagues. The Clinical Project Statistician is responsible for working with research associates and scientists to establish a reporting database and for analyzing data for these types of studies.

Key Responsibilities

Statistical Trial Design and Analysis

  • 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 conducting the actual analysis once a reporting database is created.

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

  • Maintain currency with respect to statistical methodology, to maintain proficiency in applying new and varied methods, and to be competent in justifying methods selected.

  • Participate in peer-review work products from other statistical colleagues.

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.

  • Respond to regulatory queries and to interact with regulators.

Therapeutic Area Knowledge

  • Understand disease states 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.

The Project Statistician at this level provides statistical leadership in multiple dimensions including:

  • Introduces and applies innovative methodology and tools to solve critical problems

  • Merges scientific thinking & business knowledge to identify & impact business issues.

  • Drives projects internally (or externally), and works effectively across functions. Uses technical expertise to influence business decisions.

  • Identifies broad technical issues, drives assessment of options and implements robust solutions.

  • Has broad understanding of regulatory environment; demonstrates leadership on regulatory issues.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Interpersonal communication skills for effective customer consultation

  • Teamwork and leadership skills

  • Technical growth and application with working knowledge of experimental design and statistics

  • Self-management skills with a focus on results for timely and accurate completion of competing deliverables

  • Resource management skills

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Demonstrated problem solving ability and strategic thinking

  • Business process expertise associated with critical activities (e.g. regulatory submissions)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills: at least one manuscript submitted to or published in a peer-reviewed journal AND at least one oral presentation at a statistical conference

Desired Experience:

  • Career interest in technology and a passion for applying technology solutions to help patients live better lives

  • General knowledge of IT principles, technologies, and methodologies

  • Customer focused approaches and partnering to achieve IT outcomes

  • Familiarity in requirements gathering, testing, and communicating results

  • Solid skills in problem analysis and solving

  • Ability to provide advice on use of technology and understand benefits of use/adoption

  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and meet deadlines

  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven teamwork/interpersonal skills

  • Leadership experience inside and/or outside the classroom

  • Familiarity with design, development, and operational methodologies (I.e. Agile, Waterfall, ITIL)

  • Passion for working on a team from diverse backgrounds

Additional Benefits:

  • Lilly arranges activities including sporting events, dinners, and lunch and learns to provide opportunities for networking professional development, and learning more about the pharmaceutical industry

  • Lilly provides peer coaching and mentorship to our interns throughout internship

  • You will receive a competitive salary and free parking

  • If you need to move from another location, Lilly will provide subsidized housing

  • All interns eligible for full time employment at the end of their summer experience will be considered for full-time positions based on their performance over the course of their summer internship.


  • Lilly credits our outstanding employees for our successes and knows the key to ongoing achievement lies in attracting and retaining the best people. Here are a few of the recognitions Lilly has earned for building an exceptional work environment:

  • Business Week magazine 50 Best Places to Launch A Career ™

  • Black Enterprise 2018 list of 50 Best Companies for Diversity™

  • Fortune 50 Best Companies for Minorities ™

  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers ™

  • Science magazine Best Companies for Scientists ™

  • DiversityInc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity™

  • Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index™ – 100% score

  • World’s Most Ethical Company™

  • JUST Company™

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