Real World Evidence Senior Data Scientist/Data Scientist
Location:
Gaithersburg , Maryland
Posted:
October 23, 2017
Reference:
R-013286
At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people's exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Real World Evidence Senior Data Scientist/Data Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD or Cambridge, UK, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives.
The Real World Evidence Center of Excellence is a new group being formed within AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca has a pedigree of experience in Real World Evidence. Having developed a coherent strategy to develop and internalize rich data assets the group is now amplifying those investments through a Real World Evidence Data Science capability. Data Scientists that are successful in this role will become part of a growing Real World Evidence Center of Excellence within the Global Medical Affairs organization working on challenging problems data Science can solve to accelerate evidence generation through to insights that could enable AstraZeneca to develop innovative medicines.
He/she will assist with due diligence on new data providers/vendors to advance AstraZeneca's Real World Evidence data maturity, help shape the right analytics strategy for a range of Therapeutic Areas and provide informatics support for data acquisitions.
The ideal candidate for this role will bring a proven track record of delivering value through the leverage of routinely collected data from healthcare settings to provide health analytics and insights in both Public Health, Pharmaceutical Research and Development and Commercial context.
The role provides coaching, task management and support to Programmers/Statistics/Information Scientists, promoting best practice across multiple domains, and/or stakeholder groups.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide scientific guidance on the application of Real World Evidence and observational research data to support pharmaceutical development problems
  • Support Pharmacovigilance teams and Epidemiologists extract value from large observational research data
  • Support technical teams provide access to analytical tools and develop visual analytics to enable self-serving applications for end customers
  • Provide clear technical input, options, and direction to strategic decisions on Real World Evidence platform and capability build
  • Provide strategic decisions on AstraZeneca Medical Evidence and Observational Research external collaborations in the US and other markets
  • Provide technical input, options and directions to strategic decisions made by AstraZeneca observational study teams on study design, data partner selection and best practices in Real World Evidence data utilization
  • Assist in building a capability that becomes a source of sustained competitive advantage for AstraZeneca/MedImmune in identifying, acquiring, integrating and mining diverse Real World Evidence data from multiple geographic and healthcare system sources to support evidence generation and real-world studies
  • Assist in the delivery of analytics and the build of analytics pieces as part of an Real World Evidence strategy
  • Evaluate and assess strengths and weaknesses of external Real World Evidence data sources via interrogation, and potential partners for advancing the data strategy for a given therapeutic area
  • Maintain a strong insight into the capabilities of potential external partners in Real World Evidence, especially for US and emerging markets
Essential Requirements:
  • PhD in data science or other advanced degree in life sciences with post-doctoral or other training/work in Medical Informatics or related field
  • Expertise in Electronic Medical Records/Health IT, disease registries, and insurance claims databases
  • Expertise in clinical data standards, medical terminologies and controlled vocabularies used in healthcare data and ontologies
  • Expertise in data mining approaches within healthcare settings generating insight from routinely collected healthcare data
  • Expertise in methods development and application using statistical languages such as R/Matlab/SAS/SQL/Hadoop/Python
  • Experience in advanced visualisation and visual analytics of routinely collected healthcare data
  • Experience in real-world evidence and familiarity with health economics/epidemiology, and quantitative science such as health outcome modelling
  • Strong track record in delivering leading edge informatics solutions in pharmaceutical R&D and commercial environments
Desirable Requirements:
  • Experience in supporting pharmacoepidemiology studies with proven track record of advancing approaches with data science
  • A history of patient care or equivalent background of working at a patient care setting that allows the candidate to bring medical perspective into real-world evidence generation and observational studies
  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships with stakeholders at senior levels, understand relevant scientific/business challenges at a deep level and translate into a programme of informatics activities to deliver defined value
  • Ability to lead and manage multi-disciplinary health informatics projects
  • Strong track record of delivering large, cross functional projects
  • Experience working in a global organization and delivering global solutions
Next Steps - Apply today!
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