Life Science Data Expert - Biology Translational Science


Basel Area - Allschwil, BL, CH



About Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients.

In order to achieve this, we will develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical company, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a European biotech hub - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet – the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 600 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.


Job Summary


We are looking for a strong profile that can bring broad knowledge on life science data structures, standards, relationships and ontologies. This role will help, to better leverage the value of the data we produce with external data resources by making them accessible and mining them. The ideal candidate minimally holds a master degree in computer science or bioinformatics related disciplines and is experienced with the major resources and initiatives for life science data and ontologies. From the knowledge of their inter-relationship, you will build and maintain databases that integrate multiple data structures to support and improve our data science efforts. Ideally, the successful candidate also contributes to the analysis and reporting of selected projects in the field of cardiovascular, neuroscience, immunology and oncology.  Because of the high degree of cross-functional interactions we need an excellent team player who at the same time acts as an intrapreneur to build new capabilities constantly balancing needs and possibilities. 


Job Responsibilities


The Life Science Data Expert will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Build scalable databases at Idorisa that improves access to inhouse data (NGS, Proteomics, Metabolomics,...),
  • Facilitates integration with public data sources and enables the application of advanced data analysis (e.g. machine learning and knowledge discovery).
  • Performs high-quality analyses using state of the art data science and bioinformatics methods.
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with in-house project collaborators and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Thrives to grow together with a group of data-scientists and fosters mutual learning within the group.
  • Analyze and reporting of selected projects in the field of cardiovascular, neuroscience, immunology and oncology.
Candidate's Requirement
  • MSc in (biological) data science, computer science, biostatistics or other quantitative field with minimally 5 years experience in an academic setting (a relevant industry experience of 2 years plus would also qualify); A PhD would be an advantage
  • Excellent understanding of life science data, e.g. sources, structures, relations, standards
  • Demonstrated creativity in bringing data into new contexts and solving data silo problems.
  • Strong experience in data integration
  • Data wrangling
  • Demonstrated data engineering and understanding of database concepts and SQL
  • Expert knowledge in a programming language broadly used in data science such as R or Python 
  • Strong working experience in shell scripting
  • Experience in using APIs of public databases/data mining using public Omics resources (e.g. TCGA, GTex, 1000 genomes project)
  • Experience with software version control using Git
  • Biostatistics / machine learning / multivariate analysis
  • Experience with unsupervised machine learning algorithms and custom cost functions is a plus
  • Experience with pathway/network analysis a plus
  • Text mining/knowledge discovery is a plus
  • Experience in (inferential) analysis
  • Experience with biomarkers is a plus


What Idorsia offers


  • Exciting opportunities for development and professional growth within our dynamic organization
  • A collaborative and solution-oriented environment where you can make a difference
  • An innovative and open culture in a truly multicultural environment
  • A competitive salary and generous social benefits


Work Location: Allschwil

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Drug Discovery - Biology Translational Biomarkers

Schedule: Fulltime

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 1285


If you are interested, please click on apply now.

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