Senior Biostatistician

Cambridge, UK

Would you like to do something meaningful? Something more than feeding greed or providing distraction. Our mission is to save lives, but to do that, we need you. Billions have been poured into treating late-stage lung cancer over fifty years, but the survival rate remains about 5%. We're trying something else.

We run clinical trials across the country and the globe, analysing breath for early detection. Participants in our studies volunteer their time and medical data to give others a better chance. But breath is complex, and the confounders numerous. We need people who can design the right experiments and glean the insights necessary for early intervention.

We're looking for people who say, "Why not?", who see failure as an opportunity for learning and becoming better. What we're offering is a safe environment were you can make mistakes and grow as part of a team. We will supply the "why" and you will determine the "how".

So if you are passionate about science, and would like to be part of our breath analysis and delivery team, apply.

Responsibilities (Key Tasks/Accountability)

  • Preparation of statistical analysis plans
  • Providing clients and stakeholders with protocol input such as study design and sample size calculations
  • Developing models and assessing their predictive power
  • Assessing and improving the quality of data
  • Interpretation of data and writing of customer-facing reports

Competencies & Requirements of the Role


  • Master’s Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, or similar (PhD preferred)
  • Proficiency in a programming language such as R, Python or similar with a willingness to learn
  • Experience conveying results effectively


  • Experience as a statistician in academia, the biopharmaceutical or diagnostics industry.
  • Medical or clinical knowledge
  • Experience with numpy/pandas, scikit-learn, matplotlib, plotly or seaborn
  • Experience as a line manager, scrum master, or product owner

About Owlstone:

Owlstone Medical has developed a breathalyzer for disease 

Every time you breathe out there are hundreds of chemicals on your breath - some are tell-tale markers of disease that our microchip chemical sensor technology is able to detect.

Our vision is to change the way we currently diagnose and monitor serious disease; we aim to become the global leader in the non-invasive detection of cancer, infectious disease and inflammatory disease. The key is detecting diseases earlier, when treatments are more effective, where more lives can be saved. There is no better example than cancer, where if detected early the chances of survival can be as good at 95% but at late stage drop to about 5% - unfortunately there are still far too many people detected at late stage.

The Owlstone group also commercialises a range of highly innovative products based on its proprietary FAIMS chemical sensing technology in other markets including Scientific, Industrial Process Control, Military and Homeland Defence.

Owlstone is an equal opportunity employer and we will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on any characteristic protected by law including but not exhaustive to; grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained and attainment of a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check.

We offer a relaxed, friendly, flexible and international working environment with a great team-spirit. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary package that includes future share options and your work will have a clear impact on people’s lives. If you want to experience the buzz of an expanding company set to succeed on a global scale, Owlstone may be the place for you.

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