Senior Data Modelling Scientist in Systems Genomics

Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO)
NNRCO, Oxford, Oxfordshire
To be discussed based on the candidate's experience
May 04 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist

Are you pretty good at complex predictive data modelling problems, and would you enjoy greater research leadership responsibilities within an ‘omic’ drug discovery department?

The Cellular and Systems Genomics Department within the new Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) is a unique hybrid experimental and computational genomics team operating as part of an alliance between Oxford University and Novo Nordisk.

We place industry and academic scientists in the same labs to improve translational innovation and career development opportunities across the scientific spectrum.

Our team is seeking a senior data modelling scientist with strong expertise in complex data and statistical/machine learning, who really enjoys tough problems with clear timelines, and who would like to see their predictions of new drug targets experimentally validated (and leading onto new medicines).

About Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford

The institute will consist of junior and senior level research scientists and post-doctoral fellows. Over 2018 NNRCO will be expanding its current scientific departments (Cellular and Systems Genomics, Discovery Bioinformatics, & Discovery Biology and Pharmacology). This position is for the Cellular and Systems Genomics Department, but a successful applicant will be expected to collaborate throughout the institution.

NNRCO is part of Novo Nordisk’s Global Drug Discovery Unit, which specialises in discovery and development of biological medicines for the treatment of Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiovascular & Liver diseases and Haemophilia

The Position

NNRCO’s Cellular and Systems Genomics Department is seeking a driven and creative computational biologist / data modelling scientist for a challenging opportunity to model how genes and cells talk to each other, using technologies such as single-cell sequencing and CRISPR genome editing. From experimental training data, you will predict which drug targets need to be experimentally tested in human lab-grown mini-organs. As the team is transdisciplinary, the role will best suit an individual intellectually stimulated by the science and in shaping the questions being asked.

This is a permanent team leadership role. In addition to your research, you will be expected to supervise data modelling within the department and to ensure deliverables for projects under you are met on time. We encourage applications from researchers interested in shaping the culture of a new team, and mentoring junior members as a step towards leading their own team in academia or industry. This is a unique opportunity for talented and ambitious individuals who enjoy a fast-paced environment where creative intellectual independence and keenness to play a critical role in drug discovery, while publishing high impact work, are actively encouraged.

As part of your role you will also be expected to collaborate with cross-functional NNRCO teams in areas beyond your expertise (such as imaging, stem cell biology and discovery bioinformatics), reporting results clearly to diabetes researchers within NNRCO, Oxford University, and Novo Nordisk Global Drug Discovery, HQ in Denmark. Empowering collaborators by ensuring they are trained in basic data analysis and exploration may sometimes be required.


You hold a data sciences Ph.D. or equivalent, with extensive early career experience (senior postdoc or industry). Functional genomics expertise is not required, but is preferred. We strongly encourage applications from individuals with large academic consortium or industry experience, who have had senior responsibilities for delivering results- and timeline-driven team science. We expect you to be flexible, open to new ideas, ambitious, and result oriented. The job requires proficiency in English and excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we use our skills, dedication and ambition to help people with diabetes. We offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.

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