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Principal Statistical Scientist

Principal Statistical Scientist

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US-NC-Chapel Hill
Regular Full-Time

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Rho, Inc. has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and talented individual to provide leadership and growth on federal research projects and programs in the role of principal investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI). Rho is a mid-size Contract Research Organization working with federal, pharmaceutical, and biotech clients. Much of the federal work at Rho is on large, multi-center clinical trials or clinical trial programs, where Rho is the clinical, statistical and data coordinating center.


  • Act as the principal investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) on one or more federal contracts or grants. The PI leads and maintains the scientific integrity of a federally-funded project or program and is ultimately accountable for its success. The PI typically works with a project director to manage the personnel and operations of projects and programs.
  • Provide expertise to individual projects within a program, for example:
    • Participate in protocol development conference calls
    • Participate in writing or reviewing study protocols
    • Participate in ongoing study operations
    • Lead or contribute to efforts to publish (posters, presentations, manuscripts) in area of expertise
  • Mentor and advise staff in area of expertise. Provide strategic and tactical guidance to team members. Create a strong sense of team unity and team identity. Provide regular and ongoing positive and corrective feedback to team members.
  • Participate in business development activities, including assisting in the identification and assessment of new opportunities and writing technical/research strategy sections of proposals and applications.


  • PhD or other doctoral degree in biostatistics, statistics, or other analytical field
  • At least 15 years of professional experience managing progressively larger and more complex scientific research projects
  • At least 10 years of clinical trials experience
  • At least 4 years of experience leading cross-functional teams
  • Proven ability to win new projects and act as the principal or co-principal investigator of the clinical, statistical and data coordinating center for large, multi-center clinical trials
  • Authorship of peer-reviewed publications
  • Strong presentation and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels both within and outside the company