Chapter Lead Bioinformatics - Scientific Computing


Basel, BS, 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.


Main Purpose


This position’s main purpose is to deliver high-impact and well architected solutions to challenging scientific computing problems, mainly in the areas of genomics and metabolomics pipelines and
define the bioinformatics / cheminformatics strategy of the Scientific Computing Drug Discovery group. The position will act as a coordinator cross teams and align the efforts of the application development, data products and automation team with respect to the bioinformatics / cheminformatics domain.


Job Responsibilities


  • Define the bio-informatics strategy
  • Coordinate with external vendors and integrate external products
  • Drive bio-/cheminformatics projects and take care that the outcome results in a high impact for research
  • Identify and elaborate functional needs directly with your collaborators using their language and at their level (bench + data scientists)
  • Translate domain specific functional requirements into system designs that are consistent with the application landscape and the informatics strategy at Idorsia
  • Develop modern (often cloud native) software solutions to solve the specific needs while balancing cost effectiveness, simplicity and maintainability
  • Deploy and maintain and these systems using IaC (eg. terraform)
  • Maintain a sense of ownership of your applications, providing responsive support directly to your users including training them in the use of your tools
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary IT related software projects
  • Participate in professional development and the scientific community through conferences, academic publishing, and open source software contributions as appropriate
  • Contribute to technical collaborations with external software engineers and scientists


Candidate’s Requirements


  • Master or PhD in life or computer sciences (or equivalent industry experience)
  • 5+ years of experience in Scientific Computing Drug Discovery in a pharma research environment
  • Knowledge in at least one bioinformatics domain: Immunology, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics
  • Basic understanding of data backends (e.g. REST, SQL, NOSQL, S3)
  • Professional software development skills & proficiency in 2 of: Java, Python, R, Bash -> code comprehension, design patterns, algorithms, data structures
  • Version control + dependency management (e.g. Git, Maven, Conda, Docker)
  • Familiarity with some modern data processing and machine learning libraries (Spark, Keras/Tensorflow, Numpy/Pandas/Sklearn, Tidyverse)
  • Experience or willingness to learn modern cloud computing (12 factors, serverless, managed services, IaC)
  • Good soft skills: pragmatic, strategic, motivated, reliable, and cooperative
  • Fluent in English


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 – Basel Area

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Drug Discovery Scientific Computing

Schedule: Fulltime

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 2899


If you are interested, please click on apply now.

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