AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Associate Director, Quantitative Biology in Gothenburg, Sweden

Are you a quantitatively-minded scientist looking to lead a team applying bioinformatics and statistical modelling to address biological questions for drug discovery? Would you like an exciting new challenge in a company that follows the science and turn ideas into life changing medicines? Then why not join our Quantitative Biology department in Gothenburg, Sweden!

We are now recruiting an Associate Director, Quantitative Biology to join the Discovery Science organization and lead our team in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Discovery Science is part of Innovative Medicines and Early Development (IMED), AstraZeneca’s small molecule biotech units that deliver candidate drugs into late-stage clinical development. Discovery Science functions across the therapeutic areas to support projects in the drug discovery pipeline from target discovery all the way to clinical candidates. The Quantitative Biology team is a multi-disciplinary team of data scientists with the purpose of providing quantitative insights to biology. We do so by improving the biological understanding of the target and its engagement, including supporting the identification of molecular mechanisms of action, providing image and data analysis solutions to high dimensional datasets, and by enhancing AstraZeneca’s ability to prioritize target selection and portfolio projects based on probability of technical success.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As an Associate Director your main responsibilities will invole:

  • Leading the department in Gothenburg and contributing to the strategic direction of the global department

  • Using bioinformatics and statistical modelling you will collaborate with drug discovery projects and therapeutic areas to identify and deliver solutions for addressing key biological questions

  • Developing or internalizing appropriate algorithms, techniques and datasets to answer defined biological questions

  • Contributing to and leading local and global projects for NGS, proteomics, CRISPR, molecular imaging.

  • Establish and drive academic collaborations to access capabilities and push the boundaries of our science.

Essential Requirements

  • PhD, or equivalent, in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering or the life sciences

  • Expertise in one or more of the core competency areas: network biology, multivariate and/or high dimensional data analysis (-omics), knowledge engineering, ontologies, data management, text mining, NLP, machine learning, statistical modelling, multivariate data analysis, classification/regression

  • Experience with relevant software tools such as R, Python, Shiny, Spotfire, Java, C/C++, SQL/NoSQL/semantic web, JavaScript

  • Basic understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, and human physiology

  • Excellent English, spoken and in writing

If you are interested, apply now!

For more information about the position please contact: Lars Carlsson at +46 31 7762946 or Claus Bendtsen +44 7585 795824.

Welcome with your application no later than March 31, 2018

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