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Posted on : 28 May 2017

Project Description

External Posting TitleAssociate Director, Scientific Computing
Job DescriptionDrug discovery continues to be transformed by powerful computational sciences and technologies that translate high throughput measurements into actionable knowledge about disease, patients and therapeutics. At Biogen, the Scientific Computing team is part of Biogen’s Research and Early Development organization and provides scientists with cutting-edge computational informatics and analytics tools and services. The team will also collaborate closely with the IT organization on points of common interest. The team has technical depth, agility and great motivation to solve scientifically demanding problems.
Biogen is seeking a Head of Scientific Computing to work at the interface of computer science, genomics and computational and systems biology to ensure that computing architecture keeps up with the rate of innovation in genomics and proteomics sciences. The Head of Scientific Computing will lead a team to architect, develop, deploy and maintain products and services, and most importantly, define a vision of innovation that delivers value while solving challenging problems and meeting business needs through application of Biogen R&D’s high performance computing and data resources. The Head is a member of the Computational Biology and Genomics leadership team and contributor to its strategy.
The ideal candidate will have scientific software engineering and high performance compute administrative experience and demonstrated expertise in both designing, leading and operationalizing high performance computing services and environments for applications in areas of computational biology, cheminformatics, proteomics, image analysis and related disciplines.
In addition s/he has a solid understanding of modern large scale data sets in basic science and clinical settings, large genetic and genomic data sets, and is a team player who will work closely with computational biologists, statistical geneticists, experimental and clinical neurologists on projects across all parts of the organization and at all points of the pipeline from target discovery and validation to biomarkers to manufacturing.

Responsibilities

• Lead a small team of Scientific Computing engineers to prototype and execute scientific software development projects against needs and requirements comprising world-class data processing, QC and management platforms such as the NGS data generation and processing pipeline

• Operationalize development projects into production quality tools in the existing research compute ecosystem for use by scientists

• Work closely with scientists to understand scientific challenges, data needs, business needs, technology and software requirements and in turn communicate internally and externally about Scientific Computing

• Define and develop a strategy for the systems and services that meet the needs of stakeholders and manage daily service across a continuum from “self-serve” to “dedicated support”

• Develop relationships with key stakeholders and leaders across R&D to build a portfolio of services

• Stay up-to-date and be familiar with new high performance computing technologies and anticipate and exploit use of new technologies that impact decision making in drug discovery

• Lead evaluation, selection of, and work with outside vendors to design and implement solutions, as well as integrate them into internal pipelines.

• Work closely with IT to maintain Biogen's quality and scale of compute and storage infrastructure.

• Foster and commit to a team culture of continuous improvement, responsiveness, agility and technical excellence

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LocationCambridge, MA, US
Job CategoryInformation Technology, Research
Requisition Number29917BR
QualificationsQualifications

• Relevant experience in creating and applying technologies to solve computationally intensive and data intensive in any of the following: bioinformatics, medical informatics, clinical informatics, distributed and high performance computing, large scale data transfer, data visualization

• Excellent communications skills and experience leading a team and working as a member of a team in a matrix environment

• Extensive knowledge of large scale biological data and methods of management, e.g. RNA-Seq, DNA-Seq, semantic data, imaging, data aggregation, data-marting, data virtualization, relational databases, object stores, column stores, triple stores, graph stores, document stores, storage resource broker/SRB, iRODs

• Experience with high performance computing and storage such as distributed computing systems (e.g. SGE, LSF, PBS, Hadoop, Opengrid, Spark), cloud computing (e.g. AWS, Google Cloud), vendor platforms (e.g. EMC)
Education
• BS (required), MS/PhD (preferred) in computer sciences, information sciences, or a quantitative discipline such as computational biology, systems biology, computational chemistry or physics
About BiogenCorporate Overview

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen discovers, develops and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Biogen is a pioneer in biotechnology and today the Company has the leading portfolio of medicines to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), has introduced the first and only approved treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, and is at the forefront of neurology research for conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Biogen also manufactures and commercializes biosimilars of advanced biologics. Our global organization of nearly 7,000 employees is committed to a single mission:
making a meaningful difference in the lives of patients with few or no treatment options.
  • Biogen was founded in 1978 and today serves patients in nearly 70 countries.
  • A Fortune 500 company, Biogen in 2016 had revenues of $11.4 billion
  • Global headquarters in Cambridge, MA, and international headquarters in Zug, Switzerland
Our Science

We aspire to have the greatest impact on patients and science of any biotechnology company in the history of our industry. To us, that means creating novel medicines that benefit individuals and society, and bringing new scientific understanding to diseases for which there are no adequate treatments.
  • For nearly two decades Biogen has led in the research and development of new therapies to treat MS, including the most prescribed oral treatment in the world. Now our research is driving revolutionary new MS treatments with the goal of reversing or even repairing damage caused by the disease.
  • We are now applying our neurological expertise to solve some of most challenging and complex diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS.
  • As we uncover new insights into human biology, Biogen is employing cutting-edge technologies to discover potential treatments for rare and genetic disorders.
  • Biogen is revolutionizing biologics manufacturing, developing the industry’s most advanced plants and processes. This expertise is used to produce both original innovative therapies and biosimilars that expand patient access to lower-cost medicines.
Our Corporate Citizenship

The same intellectual discipline and passion that drives our science is reflected in our corporate citizenship, environmental sustainability, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a company, we are focused on improving science education and limiting the impact of our company on the environment. In 2015, we became a carbon neutral company and ranked first place on Newsweek’s 2015 Green Rankings, and we are an industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Biogen was named to Science’s list of Top Employers of 2015 and in 2017 received a perfect score of 100 for the fourth consecutive year on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, which also named Biogen as one of its Best Places to Work.




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