Bioinformatician / Data Scientist

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
Feb 07, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

A health care company with global reach. A product pipeline filled to the brim. A team committed to scientific advancement. 

Think what's possible. 
A global healthcare leader, Novartis has one of the most exciting product pipelines in the industry today. A pipeline of innovative medicines brought to life by diverse, talented, performance driven people. All of which makes us one of the most rewarding employers in our field.

250 genomics research projects every year are waiting for your data analysis expertise! 
The Analytical Science & Imaging Department is looking for a highly motivated data scientist or bio-informatician with deep expertise and significant experience in the analysis of sequencing data to support innovative drug discovery efforts. You will have the opportunity to work in a matrix team consisting of data analysts, members of a central sequencing facility, and disease area biologists. 

 What you'll be doing

As a member of the NIBR data science community, you will also benefit from global community of more than 200 experts with extensive knowledge and resources in data analysis, data engineering and machine learning.

Processing, quality control, and statistical analysis of sequencing data sets such as RNASeq, scRNASeq, AmpliSeq,  ChipSeq, whole genome sequencing, long read technologies (PacBio)

Development of processing strategies for new types of data by combining existing public and commercial tools with innovative solutions

Maintenance and automation of various data workflows to provide complete IT solutions 

Translation of data into biological knowledge, presentation and discussion of results in project team meetings and planning of new experiments with biologists

Close collaboration in a team of data analysts and a department consisting of analytical chemists and biologists, contribution to shaping and implementing our digital strategy and scientific processes

JOB REQUIREMENTS: What you will bring to the role: 

Scientific background with a PhD degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, mathematics, physics, or related field

Knowledge of statistical and machine learning concepts, scientific data analysis expertise, complemented by strong visualization and presentation skills

Familiarity with UNIX and high performance computing environments and coding ability in R/Bioconductor, Python, Bash, Java, SQL, etc.

Knowledge of fundamental concepts of biology and bioinformatics, with a focus on high throughput genomics technology applications, including biological databases and web tools

Team working ability, learning agility, scientific curiosity with a problem-solving mindset, organizational skills and an enthusiastic, collaborative spirit

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to translate biologists/project team’s scientific questions into analytical strategies and methods

Our Expectations 
Postdoctoral experience with focus in genomics

Experience with single cell RNASeq data analysis

Experience with other types of Omics data and data integration

Experience relevant to drive collaborative efforts in drug discovery research projects by providing expertise in

Experience with deep learning methods

Cloud computing experience such as AWS

Web-based deployment of models and results (shiny, rest, flask, js) 

What Novartis can offer you?

Yes, we offer exceptional benefits and competitive salaries. However, we can offer more.  Here you will:

Learn about drug discovery science and methodologies applied to different diseases in a fast paced environment

Work with data from the latest sequencing technologies

First-hand experience cutting edge multi-omics technologies

Be part of a creative, bright, and large bioinformatics and machine learning community

Why consider Novartis? 

927 million. That is how many lives our products touched in 2017. In addition, while we are proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives? 

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you are given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you are empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where people who share your determination to tackle the world's toughest medical challenges surround you. 

We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine.
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Why consider Novartis?
927 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2017. And while we’re proud of that, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more peoples lives.  
We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are empowered to ask new questions, make bolder decisions and take smarter risks. Join us and help reimagine medicine.
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