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Data Process & Automation, Associate Principal Scientist - Pharmacokinetics



West Point, PA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Job Description

Our company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where our company has codified its legacy for over a century. Our success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. We are on the quest for cures and committed to be the world’s premier biopharmaceutical company. Our company's Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, applying our advanced discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule, biologics, vaccine R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

The Workflow and Data Capture (WDC) team of Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, Metabolism, and Bioanalytical (PDMB) in our Research and Development Division is seeking a full time Data and Workflow Associate Principal Scientist to support ongoing and new efforts to optimize our data collection and use in inventing new medicines. PDMB partners in the discovery and development of candidate medicines suitable for clinical trials. The WDC team’s focus is streamlining our workflows by improving automation and scientific data capture, providing the foundation for our company's translational modeling, AI/ML and decision-making platforms. The successful candidate will work closely with scientists from across PDMB and beyond, building in-depth knowledge of the science, technology and workflows to identify and lead projects and/ or develop proof of concepts to drive improvements in the handling and application of data. They will also focus on further developing the integration of data and workflows with the broader Research and Development Division's organization establishing a broad network of scientific and IT partners.

The successful candidate will have a track record of technical project management and will be part of a collaborative cross disciplinary team working closely with other research functions and our IT colleagues. This role will be located at our West Point, PA, USA research site and may involve some travel and remote work. This role will collaborate closely with our scientists to understand and uncover needs in workflow and data capture, develop and execute upon strategy and spearhead the implementation of innovative solutions.


Required Education and Experience

  • Masters or Bachelor Degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent with 7 or more years of industrial experience


  • Work collaboratively with data producers, consumers and partners across PDMB to enhance our data infrastructure.

  • Effectively manage complex projects from conception through completion with a wide variety of stakeholders.

  • Assist with troubleshooting and error recovery.

  • Work with WDC team to prioritize highest reward projects and shape the group’s strategy.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Must be a self-starter, able to work in an entrepreneurial and independent way.

  • Must be a team player with strong collaboration and communication skills.

  • Experience leading complex projects with cross-functional teams.

  • Experience in a lab-based setting, working with lab data capture systems and automation.

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Laboratory process automation and instrument integration experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of OEM instrument platforms typical of biology, biochemistry or chemistry laboratory workflows

  • Experience training end-users in new software systems

  • Experience with working with IT partners in industry

  • Experience with change management

  • Experience across drug discovery and/or with regulated data and workflows

  • Experience prototyping new and enhanced systems

  • Experience with Cloud-based architecture (AWS, etc.)

  • Experience with scripting/programing in one or more of the following: C#, python, javascript, R, R-shiny, Web development

  • Data engineering and database development

  • Awareness of data harmonization initiatives, standardized ontologies and their application

Your role at our company is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At our company, we’re inventing for life.


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Requisition ID:R290243