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    Opportunity: Scientific Applications Lead @ Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research -- Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Submitted by David Sexton; posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012


    At Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the IT group (NIBR IT) serves the global NIBR research community to provide them with the best of breed, bleeding edge informatics platforms as well as in-depth data analysis services. The members in this group have a chance to participant in the groundbreaking medical research activities to re-define the grammar for medicine in the post-genome era.

    This candidate will join a Scientific Informatics Systems Group, and work closely with scientists and talented informatics professionals to re-define the NIBR-wide informatics systems to meet the challenge arising from drug discovery research. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated team player with deep experience in the scientific application systems, including data management and data analysis systems. The position will involve in working with Ophthalmology scientists very closely, help them on regularly basis to identify, implement proper IT solutions to solve their practical problems. This position is also expected to work with applications in a range of scientific disciplines to address different aspect of scientific data challenges.


    • Actively work with scientists in NIBR Ophthalmology group to understand their needs, communicate, and document functional requirements for the scientist effectively
    • Define proper informatics solution(s) and implementation plans to meet their scientific needs
    • Evaluate processes, propose improvements, and educate scientific user base
    • Work with internal and/or external software teams to design/implement proper solutions to meet scientists' needs
    • Serve as a key expert analyst to guide scientists to effectively apply the informatics solutions to support their daily needs
    • Work effectively with different NIBR IT groups globally to ensure the solution effectively and efficiently implemented


    • M.S. /B.S. in biology and/or an advanced degree in computer science
    • At least 5-7 years working experience with an informatics group in a biotech or pharmaceutical research environment
    • Experience with successful implementation of enterprise applications
    • Strong communications and interpersonal skills are required
    • Proven capabilities interacting with scientists and being customer service oriented
    • Ability to work with people with various background and capable of being an effective translator between scientists and software engineers
    • Must be willing to contribute to and foster a team player culture where all are encouraged and willing to share information
    • Ability to work and maintain focus within a complex work environment with competing priorities
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, working on multiple concurrent projects
    • Ability to identify, triage, action plan, and resolve or dispatch issues
    • Strong presentation skills
    • Extensive knowledge in the wide range of drug discovery research processes, and data management tools/ applications used in drug discovery research processes
    • Solid understanding of relational databases and familiarity with Oracle and/or SQL server


    Fort Worth, TX USA




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