Senior Data Scientist- Warsaw (R1076556) in Warsaw, PL at IQVIA™

Date Posted: 7/16/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Join us on our exciting journey! IQVIA™ is The Human Data Science Company™, focused on using data and science to help healthcare clients find better solutions for their patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA offers a broad range of solutions that harness advances in healthcare information, technology, analytics and human ingenuity to drive healthcare forward.

Senior Data Scientist

Predictive Analytics, Real-World & Analytics (RWAS) Technology

We are looking for a creative, innovative, intellectually curious and entrepreneurial Senior Data Scientist with experience in applying Machine Learning algorithms to solve real-world problems to join our Warsaw team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the world's leading human data science teams working with real world insights to help our clients answer specific questions globally, make more informed decisions and deliver results.

The role

We are looking for an experienced Senior Data Scientist who is keen to build and lead a Data Science function in Warsaw. Initially, the Data Science function will comprise two teams, each with three to five Data Scientists, with substantial additional growth anticipated over the next one to two years. This newly formed Data Science function will work closely with Data Scientists, Engineers and Consultants in London and Philadelphia to provide a diverse and exciting range of advanced machine learning solutions.

The role encompasses four broad areas of responsibility:

  • First, lead the building of the Data Science function in Warsaw, from hiring through to people management. Ensure on-going success of the function through providing mentorship and collaborating closely with senior colleagues in London and Philadelphia. Ensure the Data Scientists feel empowered, inspired and highly motivated.
  • Second, help build a Data Science team to support the delivery of the Predictive Analytics core AI offerings for US-based pharmaceutical companies. These offerings include developing algorithms to find undiagnosed patients (often patients with rare diseases) or algorithms to predict patients likely to experience rapid disease progression and / or switch therapies. These core offerings involve very large datasets (typically many millions of patients) extracted from claims and prescription data and use Python and PySpark tools and libraries as part of IQVIA’s Hadoop cloud environment.
  • Third, help build a Data Science team to support the delivery of novel AI proof of concepts. Recent examples include developing algorithms to predict disease progression in ophthalmology using integrated data from electronic health records and features extracted from retinal images, algorithms to predict upcoming exacerbations for patients with respiratory conditions based on data from a  respiratory medical device and algorithms to predict undiagnosed patients with ultra rare conditions based on data extracted from a specialist hospital clinical centre.
  • Fourth, work closely with product owners and engineers to support the creation of data engineering and analytical tools to be used on projects. This involves building prototypes and helping to shape technical requirements for engineering teams in London (currently) and Warsaw (once engineering teams are in-place). This may involve Data Scientists from either of the two teams specified above.

Ideally you will have:

  • Extensive experience developing and leading Data Science teams in the commercial sector to deliver complex machine learning solutions/projects.
  • Appetite for applying new and existing technologies to challenging problems in health care, i.e. motivated by solving the problem
  • Postgraduate degree or higher in a technical or scientific domain
  • Expertise in scientific programming languages such as Python (preferably) and R
  • Knowledge of supervised machine learning methods, such as regularised regression, ensemble tree-based models (e.g. xgboost), support vector machines, deep learning methods, etc.
  • Good grasp of classical statistical methods, such as fitting regression models, inference testing and sampling.
  • Experience working with development teams, including product owners, engineers and software developers.
  • Excellent organisation skills with an appetite for working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, including ability to present technical concepts to lay audiences and write analysis plans for projects.
  • A proactive, innovative and pragmatic approach to problem solving and an ability to think critically and independently, able to work as part of a cross-functional team.

Bonus points for:

  • Knowledge of healthcare patient-level data.

  • Knowledge of epidemiology / biostatistics, particularly analytical issues relating to studies of treatment effectiveness, disease progression, adherence, healthcare utilisation, etc.

  • Work in bioinformatics.

  • Knowledge of healthcare / life science issues involving Real-World Evidence.

  • Experience with patient-level, longitudinal data.

The Team

Our Predictive Analytics team is a fast-growing group of collaborative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial individuals! In our never-ending quest for opportunities to harness the value of Real World Evidence (RWE), we are at the centre of IQVIA’s advances in areas such as machine learning and cutting-edge statistical approaches. Our efforts improve retrospective clinical studies, under-diagnosis of rare diseases, personalised treatment response profiles, disease progression predictions, and clinical decision-support tools.

You will join this high-profile team to work on ground-breaking problems in health outcomes across disease areas including Oncology, Neurology, Chronic diseases such as diabetes, and a variety of very rare conditions. The Predictive Analytics team work hand-in-hand with statisticians, epidemiologists and disease area experts across the wider global RWI team, leveraging a vast variety of anonymous patient-level information from sources such as electronic health records. The data encompasses IQVIA’s access to over 530 million anonymised patients as well as bespoke, custom partnerships with healthcare providers and payers.

The Business Unit: Real-World & Analytics Solutions (RWAS) Technology

Real-World & Analytics Solutions (RWAS) is a market-leading, fast-growing and highly successful business, focusing on delivering tangible business results to clients across healthcare value chain internationally, working with key decision-makers and business managers. RWAS teams help clients leverage complex clinically rich patient-level healthcare datasets to understand healthcare treatment patterns and outcomes to make more informed decisions, and deliver results.

The RWAS Technology mission is to deliver world class and globally scalable technology platforms and analytics applied to complex and large scale clinical datasets, to support IQVIA’s ongoing and rapid growth in Real World Evidence, as well as the development of new product lines - this requires global leadership across technical and data architecture, software development and data visualisation, privacy management, analytical methods, data science, machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) - building upon 100s of novel technologies and methods either published in peer reviewed journals or patented by our team.

The solutions are delivered to a variety of clients across life-science, government, payor or provider organisations. RWAS also curates the largest collection of de-identified Real-World Data in the world, from different patient care settings in 18 countries worldwide – the RWES Tech team is at the forefront of “Big Data” in healthcare. Through its mission and skills, the RWAS organisation is transforming the way clients create new insights and deliver improved healthcare research and patient outcomes.

We invite you to join IQVIA™.

IQVIA is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We believe that a work environment that embraces diversity will give us a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and enhance our success.  We believe that an inclusive and respectful workplace culture fosters a sense of belonging among our employees, builds a stronger team, and allows individual employees the opportunity to maximize their personal potential.

We know that meaningful results require not only the right approach but also the right people. Regardless of your role, we invite you to reimagine healthcare with us. You will have the opportunity to play an important part in helping our clients drive healthcare forward and ultimately improve human health outcomes. Whatever your career goals, we are here to ensure you get there! We invite you to join IQVIA™

Job ID: R1076556