Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Job Description

817 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018. And while we’re proud of that, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are empowered to ask new questions, make bolder decisions and take smarter risks.

We are Novartis. Join us and help reimagine medicine.


This role develops and contributes to the development and validation of data processing applications and performs bioinformatics and data analysis activities required for the successful launch and execution of assays in accordance with CLIA and FDA requirements.

Note: Other duties may be assigned
•Participates in the design, development, and validation of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis and bioinformatics pipelines or other software applications required for analytical test systems
•Performs NGS data analysis for SNP calling, structural variant calling, and indel analyses
•Performs biomarker analysis using established methodologies
•Performs QC and participates in change control activities as needed
•Develops and contributes to the validation of applications to support workflows and storage of molecular and clinical data as well as the integration with LIMS systems
•Directs routine tasks of associates with and without authority
•Independently prioritizes multiple projects and workload
•Receives general oversight and guidance on approaches to complete project related tasks
•Participate in cross functional teams and projects
•Key point of contact for other functional teams
•Provide direction to more junior associates in the team
•Trains and assists staff with technical and operational procedures
•Achieves desired department results while operating within established methods, procedures and guidelines
•Determines solutions to a variety of work problems
•Identifies and troubleshoots problems that may adversely affect test performance/results
•Contributes to the completion of milestones associated with specific projects
•Maintains accurate records related to all work with software development and validation, and data analysis activities and project results
•Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve objectives would normally have a substantial impact
•Quickly learns the use of tools, data sources and analytical techniques needed to answer a wide range of critical business questions
•Articulates solutions/recommendations to business users. Works with senior science team members to present analytical content concisely and effectively

EEO Statement
The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum requirements

•PhD or MS with equivalent experience, in computational biology, bioinformatics, data science, biology, or a related field
•Minimum of 3 years, of experience required with MS. Minimum of 6 years of experience required with BS
•Demonstrated knowledge of data visualization and exploratory analysis
•Proficiency in R/Python and competency working in a Linux environment (Bash)
•Strong knowledge and understanding of statistical methods such as meta-analysis, Bayesian methods, bagging/boosting, variable selection methods, design of experiments
•Experience in Statistical and Machine Learning techniques
•Experience in pipeline development, experience with AWS is a plus
•Familiarity with fundamental concepts in cancer genomics, immuno-oncology, and bioinformatics
•Experience with current analysis methods for processing and mining NGS data
•Experience with current analysis methods for processing biomarker data from RNA and proteins
•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to work effectively within a team and to take ownership of challenging problems

Note: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Note: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment involves moderate exposure to unusual elements including: extreme temperatures, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and includes the use of protective equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Interaction with laboratory equipment, samples, supplies, and laboratory personnel may be required whereby appropriate precautions are to be taken per the Company’s Safety and Injury, Illness and Prevention Plans.


769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!