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Standort: Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Cambridge, England, Vereinigtes Königreich
Anzeigen-ID: R-062652
Veröffentlichungsdatum: Nov. 01, 2019

Data Science Learning Principal Specialist

Gaithersburg (US), Cambridge (UK) or Gothenburg (Sweden)

Salary – Competitive salary and company benefits apply

Would you like to be a part of a Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (DS&AI) group who has direct strategic impact on drug development, playing a key role in getting medicines to patients?

At AstraZeneca, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a real passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.

The Data Science & AI (DS&AI) team collaborates across R&D to drive innovation through data science and AI. Together we aim to:

  • Improve our understanding of disease and uncovering new targets
  • Transform R&D processes
  • Speed the design and delivery of new medicines for patients

The newly formed R&D Data Science Learning & Development function will uplift the level of data science capabilities across R&D, ensuring that all can benefit from a centralized approach to these critical areas. The team will focus on both senior leaders and  project teams  to ensure strong partnership, capability development for solid data science foundations, DS&AI learning opportunities and extending Data Science communities for knowledge sharing, ideation and social learning.

As part of the R&D Data Science Learning & Development team, the Data Science Learning Principal Specialist will be an integral part of the team ensuring the long-term success of the data science at AstraZeneca. The role holder will work alongside the Data Science Learning Director to develop and deliver a centralized approach to Data Science learning in R&D. Working across R&D and capability functions to design and deliver the optimal education programme for R&D data scientists, to ensure data scientists have the necessary skills to bring impact in project assignments and progress the R&D pipeline.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Data Science Learning Director to deliver a holistic education strategy of experiential learning, mentoring and courses
  • Survey, catalogue and develop training curricula and learning paths for R&D data scientists
  • Support our data science talent with technical, domain and soft-skills learning opportunities to ensure they have the necessary skills to bring impact in project assignments and progress the R&D pipeline.
  • Work with external vendors and experts in the field to develop course content and oversee delivery of tailored training, manage schedules and feedback
  • Manage a network of R&D trainers in specialist DS&AI skills, and direct their offerings to ensure maximum impact and high-quality standards
  • Promote learning offerings across data science communities and monitor impact baselining and re-baselining to show improvement over time
  • Ensure the implementation of software tools to deploy education materials, track and monitor uptake across R&D
  • Develop deep knowledge of DS&AI functions and portfolio of work, and align with education and awareness opportunities
  • Direct the work of colleagues across R&D to realize the objectives of Data Science Learning in R&D
  • Keep up with current trends and hot-topics, and evolve education offerings accordingly
  • Develop strong connections across R&D and capability functions including IT and ‘spoke’ data science teams

Essential Requirements

  • BSc in a Life Science, Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in data science methods and application (e.g. data mining, visual analytics, machine learning).
  • Life-long-learner with experience of multiple modes of learning and awareness of MOOCs and data science educational offerings
  • Excellent communication skills and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching in a commercial or professional environment.

Next Steps – Apply today


To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application including a covering letter that outlines your interest in this role on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

Data Science Learning Principal Specialist
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