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Senior Data Scientist/Principal Data Scientist, Oncology

Location Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-066572 Date posted 11/23/2019

Sr. Data Scientist/Principal Data Scientist, Oncology

The Machine Learning and AI team in AstraZeneca’s Oncology Data Science group is where we develop and apply sophisticated algorithms and techniques to solve the hardest problems in oncology drug discovery and development. The team uses their scientific, quantitative, and problem-solving skills to work on a broad range of challenges across the whole oncology portfolio, working collaboratively with other scientists across a range of disciplines to scope, define, and deliver projects that both advance the state of the art in data science and accelerate the delivery of innovative medicines to patients.

NOTE: This position can be filled in either GAITHERSBURG MARYLAND OR WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

As a Senior Data Scientistor Principal Data Scientist, you will play a key role on the front line in this rapidly growing team working to extract insight from complex biomedical data. You will develop your leadership skills and apply and develop your expertise in rigorous quantitative data science to provide solutions to a variety of data science problems, researching, recommending and delivering novel methodologies to solve the problems that matter to the oncology pipeline.

Examples of projects the team works on include developing machine learning models for digital biomarkers, patient risk stratification for clinical trials, new algorithms for survival analysis, approaches to quantitatively analyse wearable data, linking of medical imaging data with ‘omics and longitudinal outcomes to identify and/or validate new drug targets, and much more!

The level of the position will be determined by the candidate’s experience, skills and education.

Typical Accountabilities

For our Sr. Data Scientist you will typically be accountable for: 

  • Providing advanced data science and machine learning expertise to AstraZeneca projects, researching and recommending data science solutions, and appropriately communicating with non-technical stakeholders.
  • Collaborating in a multidisciplinary environment with world leading clinicians, data scientists, biological experts, statisticians and IT professionals.
  • Publishing your work to ensure that AstraZeneca drives the data science agenda in the pharmaceutical industry.

For our Principal Data Scientist you will additionally be accountable for:

  • Developing novel data science and machine learning solutions where off-the-shelf methodologies do not fit.
  • Leading small (2-3 person) data science projects of defined scope.
  • Coaching/mentoring junior data scientists and others to drive the development of data science as an AZ capability.

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Essential for our Sr. Data Scientist

  • MSc degree in rigorous quantitative science (such as mathematics, computer science, engineering)
  • Practical software development skills in standard data science tools (such as R or python)
  • Knowledge of range of mathematical and statistical modelling techniques, and drive to continue to learn and develop these skills.

Desirable 

  • PhD degree in rigorous quantitative science (such as mathematics, computer science, engineering)
  • Experience within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Outstanding communication, business analysis and consultancy

Essential for our Principal Data Scientist

  • MSc degree in rigorous quantitative science (such as mathematics, computer science, engineering)
  • Extensive hands-on experience applying data science tools in practice.
  • Practical software development skills in standard data science tools (such as R or python)
  • Extensive knowledge of mathematical modelling and statistical modelling techniques and drive to continue to learn and develop these skills
  • Outstanding communication, business analysis and consultancy

Desirable

  • PhD degree in rigorous quantitative science (such as mathematics, computer science, engineering).
  • Experience within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • In-depth experience of working in a global organization with complex/geographical context


AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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