Scientific Consultant/Field Application Scientist

  • Genedata
  • Basel, BS, Switzerland
  • 13/11/2019
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Statistics

Job Description

The Position

Genedata is seeking a Scientific Consultant / Field Application Scientist to fill an opening in our growing Genedata Profiler (Precision Medicine) team.

Precision medicine requires scientists to characterize the genomic profile of patients to better understand patients’ response to new therapies, to efficiently stratify patients for clinical trials or to identify novel biomarkers for patient monitoring. Genedata Profiler, a highly innovative tool in the era of precision medicine, provides a comprehensive, enterprise solution for the processing, management, integration, and analysis of massive amounts of clinical, phenotype, and multi-omic data.

The Scientific Consultant is a scientific and technical consultant for our customers. It is a highly dynamic job: you will wear many different hats, interact with many different people such as clinicians, bioinformaticians, and software developers, and use your scientific and technical knowledge to solve real-world scientific problems in precision medicine. This position is especially well-suited for you if you have a scientific/technical background, enjoy variety in your daily work, and want to expand your skill set (scientific, technical, and soft skills).

This full-time position is based in Basel, Switzerland and requires regular travel within Europe.

Key Responsibilities

First and foremost, you will act as an expert in scientific and IT matters related to translational and clinical data analysis in general and the use of our Genedata Profiler software in particular. You will combine this expertise with excellent communication skills and project management know-how to (a) be a vital part of the sales team, (b) propose, plan, execute and manage projects, and (c) support our customers in getting the most out of Genedata Profiler.

(a) You will work in tandem with our Business Development Managers in establishing and communicating the value of Genedata Profiler to prospects and customers. Tasks include qualifying customer needs, giving presentations and demos, and managing software evaluation projects.
(b) In addition, you will act as scientific consultant for data science projects. For example, you will help our customers with exploratory clinical trial design, identify biomarkers for response or adverse events, conduct mechanistic interpretation of results from mode-of-action studies, and devise stratification strategies based on the results obtained.
You will ensure results delivery at the level of excellence that our customers know us for. This involves proper project set up and planning to achieve the customer’s goals; specifying and coordinating and executing the implementation work; guaranteeing adherence to scope, budget and timelines; managing change in the project; controlling the quality of all deliverables; providing customer feedback to product management; and supporting the Profiler team to keep improving our processes.
(c) You will establish relationships based on trust with our customers by being their first point of contact and a sparring partner on scientific and technical matters, including user trainings and product support. We want our customers to have excellent translational and clinical data analysis processes, and you will be responsible to help enable this. Further, you will channel the insights gathered through your customer interactions back to our Development and Product Management team, help them to define end-to-end user stories and workflows matching their requirements, thereby assuring that Profiler is developed to maximize value for our customers.

In addition to the core responsibilities listed above, we want you to help all of us in the Profiler team to improve, and we count on your knowledge, creativity, and technical skills to further advance our science, marketing, development, and product management.

Your Profile

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills: you will be exposed to a range of different people, so you should feel comfortable interacting with customers at all levels (managers, scientists, and IT experts) and be prepared to constantly communicate internally.
  • Solid scientific background (PhD level preferred) in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, computational biology, machine learning, data science or related field.
  • 3+ years of working experience in translational / clinical research would be a definitive advantage, in particular experience with exploratory clinical trial data, biomarker research, patient stratification & companion diagnostics approaches, ideally at a contract research organization, in a clinic or a pharmaceutical company.

If you do not have experience in any of these companies, we look forward to receiving your application if you possess the skills listed below, are a fast learner and wish to quickly delve into the scientific and technical challenges of cutting-edge technologies in the context of Pharmaceutical R&D.

Additional Preferred Skills and Experience:

Scientific experience and technical skills:

  • Expertise in human genetics or molecular epidemiology, with a strong grasp of genomic approaches, technologies, and analytics to inform clinical trial design and enrichment, e.g. GWAS/RVAS/PheWAS.
  • Profound understanding of biostatistics is essential; experience with methods of causal interference would be desirable.
  • Solid background in oncology and/or immunology would be a plus.
  • Expert knowledge of statistical programming in R is required, as well as working experience with SAS and scripting languages (Python or similar).
  • Project management experience: delivering on time; planning resources and milestones; coordinating teams within and across organizations.
  • Excellent presentation skills.

Industry knowledge:

  • You will work with a range of omics technologies and application areas (please see our website for currently supported technologies), so deeper knowledge within a few or broader knowledge across several of them would be desirable.
  • Our customers are mainly pharmaceutical research organizations, thus your experience with pharmaceutical research and the drug discovery process would be valuable to us.

The Company

Genedata is an exceptional company. With over two decades of success in research informatics due to closely-knit teams of scientists, developers and business experts, Genedata has achieved steady and continuous growth since inception. As a private and majority employee-owned organization, we empower each employee to be a contributing voice in the company operations and evolution. Our collective expertise in research informatics, combined with our open and scalable computational solutions, makes us the leading software provider in R&D informatics for biotech, pharmaceuticals, and related life sciences. We are headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and have subsidiaries in Germany, US, UK, Japan and Singapore.

About Genedata Profiler

Developed in collaboration with leading pharmaceutical companies, Genedata Profiler provides a comprehensive, scalable and interoperable computational platform that addresses the major challenges associated with omics-based precision medicine. The innovative software platform combines high-performance raw omics data processing pipelines, sophisticated data analyses and unparalleled data visualizations with an advanced distributed data management infrastructure. Genedata Profiler accelerates the genomic profiling of patients, at scale and according to the highest data privacy and regulatory standards.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV and motivation letter.

Genedata only accepts CVs and resumes directly from candidates. Personnel recruitment agencies need not respond.

Genedata is an Equal Opportunity Employer