Senior Manager Data Scientist

Location Belgium
Discipline: Pharmaceutical
Job type: Permanent
Contact name: Cherish Becker

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Job ref: 10760
Published: 20 days ago
As a Senior Manager Data Scientist, you will have the opportunity to ensure that data analytics and bioinformatics deliverables for a portfolio of Vaccines R&D projects are at the top of industry standards with respect to scientific excellence, quality and timelines.

Your Responsibilities
  • Overseeing and coordinating Data Science and Digital Innovation (DSDI) activities on multiple Vaccines R&D projects in partnership with Project teams and Pre-clinical laboratories
  • Contribute to define the Personalized Vaccinology scientific strategy, processes and objectives in alignment with the Vaccines R&D strategy.
  • Coach and mentor a local team of Data Scientists acting as reference for one R&D Center or specific business areas in Vaccines R&D.
  • Perform and lead up to four PhD students / post-docs for:
    • Bioinformatics/data analytics activities for Vaccines R&D; data and knowledge integration for hypothesis generation; data modeling for innovative immunological assays, high-dimensional readouts and human and microbial genomics;
    • development of tailored systems and analytical models for explorative analytics of pre-clinical, clinical, and epidemiological data; development of analysis pipelines using combinations of heterogeneous, high dimensional datasets and tools;
    • advise on study design, readout selection and data formats, data analysis strategies;
    • Preparation and publication of scientific papers and congress reports.
  • Support the Head of Personalized Vaccinology on the people management of the local staff and coaching/mentoring of other data scientists.
  • Foster innovation within DSDI and keep abreast of the new and most recent developments and innovations in the fields relevant for the role.
  • Communicate Personalized Vaccinology activities, results, and principles to internal stakeholders and scientific community, translating complex solutions into simple, understandable and effective messages.
  • Lead or coordinate scientific interactions with multiple partners or international collaborations outside Vaccines.
  • PhD in Data and Computer Sciences, Complex Systems, Mathematics and Physics, Chemical or Biological and Systems Engineering, Bioinformatics, immunogenomics, systems immunology, Computational Biology or equivalent.
  • Eight years of relevant scientific experience
  • Demonstrated strong proficiency / publication record in one or more of the following areas:
    • bio-informatics and genomics (including single cell genomics) applied to immunological questions and/or vaccinology
    • systems immunology, vaccinology and immuno-genomics
    • data mining and machine learning, multivariate biomarkers discovery and validation for patient stratification
    • data modeling for individual and integrated analysis of innovative immune assays (e.g high dimensional flow cytometry, systems serology), high-dimensional readouts
    • computational and molecular epidemiology
  • Strong programming (R and Python), data analytics and modeling skills
  • Knowledge of deep learning and awareness of its applications in biology
  • Strong Leadership skills in a scientifically oriented environment
  • Good line management skills
  • Fluent English (spoken and written)
  • Strong communication skills, ability to simplify complex problems and communicate complex solutions in a simple and effective manner
  • Strong networking skills and fluent interactions with one or more scientific communities
  • Ability to influence performance in a matrix organization through negotiation and communication
  • Experienced in leading innovative cross-functional initiatives from inception through to completion involving both multi-disciplinary and geographically remote partners