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Director Data Science and Modelling chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, deriving knowledge from data and modelling? Do you have a passion for developing people? Would you like to apply your expertise to implement transformative Artificial Intelligent and Machine Learning based methods to drive the digital transformation in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be of interest to you!

What we do

AstraZeneca is a global, science-driven BioPharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Ultimately, our aim is to work towards a cure for some of the world’s most complex diseases. Whether that’s by shaping the patient ecosystem and focusing on outcomes, or by progressing potential medicines and accelerating their launch.

Pharmaceutical Sciences at AstraZeneca delivers the therapies of the future through scientific leadership in drug delivery, design of synthetic routes, and manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and drug products. In essence, we are working “from molecule to medicine” to develop medicines for our patients today and tomorrow.

The Data Science and Modelling department within Pharmaceutical Sciences is developing a digital transformation strategy to drive innovation, optimization of the drug development process and data-driven decision making.

The role

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Director role to lead one of our data science teams based in Gothenburg, Sweden and Macclesfield, United Kingdom. The role could be placed either in Gothenburg or Macclesfield.

In this role you will be responsible for line management of 5 -10 data scientists, including performance management and professional development activities. You will get the opportunity to work with a group of highly skilled and experienced data scientists with expertise in applying data driven modelling and mechanistic driven models to accelerate our development of pharmaceutical active compounds. This role is of strategic importance to the department. You will be engaging with key internal and external stakeholders to identify and validate impactful solutions to provide scientific leadership and drive innovation. You will simply be at the forefront of the digital transformation within AstraZeneca turning ideas into life changing medicines for patients!

Typical responsibilities in this role

  • Coach direct reports for enhanced performance, team and individual development on an ongoing basis

  • Lead the implementation of new practices that enable the group to achieve flexibility, efficiency and delivery

  • Ensure the delivery of the project portfolio within their area

  • Identify new opportunities to apply innovative data science solutions across Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Deliver data science and computational support to drug projects

  • Maintain and develop own scientific profile internally and externally

  • Ensure efficient collaboration across teams within the Data science and Modelling department

Do you have the essential qualifications for these roles?

  • PhD in computational chemistry or equivalent

  • Excellent track record of leading line organisations or leading projects in the pharmaceutical industry or similar industries

  • Track record of applying molecular modelling and data driven models to chemistry related problems

  • Proven experience of using machine learning to build predictive models

  • Experience from applying knowledge graphs, natural language processing and deep learning models to chemistry problems

  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken

  • Self-motivated

  • Team player

Why AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines and strive to continuously meet the unmet needs of patients worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big, and working together to make the impossible a reality.

Ultimately, it’s more than a job. We know that our work impacts people with serious conditions, many of whom have no other alternatives. That’s what drives us – the potential to impact over one billion patients worldwide.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Welcome with your application; CV and cover letter, no later than September 25th

For more information, please contact recruiting manager Anders Broo, PhD at [email protected]

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.