Statistical Programmer - Mechelen, BE / Leiden, NL

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing Biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden), Basel (Switzerland) and in US, Boston.


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


We are looking for an Programmer for our Bio-metrics department.

Scope of the job

The Statistical Programmer acts as a functional expert in the field of SAS-programming and CDISC data standards and is foreseen as an active stakeholder that contributes to departmental strategic initiatives. 

Your role: 

  • Supporting Biostatisticians and Data Managers with respect to the programming activities for clinical studies across therapeutic areas
  • Driving the design, development and delivery of efficient, flexible and modular code used for analysis and reporting and for submission.
  • Taking ownership of quality and timeline aspects of assignments related to programming deliverables while maintaining clear and effective communication amongst all internal and external parties involved in clinical studies and development programs.
  • Performing a hands-on role, but also coordinating the SAS programming activities performed by External Service Providers (ESP)
  • Developing Galapagos standardized SAS programs and macro libraries
  • Contribute to the mentoring of new-hires and less experienced internal SAS programmers where applicable



Who are you?

The successful candidate has a BSc or preferably MSc in (biomedical) sciences, including a statistical part of curriculum, with at least 2 years of strong SAS-Programming experience in life science/pharmaceutical environment (and/or relevant experience within CRO).You show proficiency with Base SAS, SAS macro language, various SAS procedures and SAS GRAPH, preferably accompanied with SAS Institute certificate(s) such as “Base Programmer”, "Advanced Programmer" and/or “Clinical Trials Programmer”. Furthermore you have in-depth working knowledge and understanding of CDISC SDTM and ADaM data standards, as well as understanding of basic statistics, data management concepts and clinical trial data. Knowledge of R programming is an advantage. You should be able to organize and plan multiple priorities, and have the ability to collaborate with and coordinate External Service Providers. Last but not least, having excellent interpersonal and communication skills is required, together with being fluent in English (oral and in writing). 

What’s in it for you ?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.


We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!