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Head of Data Science

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Uppsala
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Uppsala

Are you a proven leader and experienced manager with data science expertise? We are looking for a new Head of Data Science to join our Research department and lead a team of talented and ambitious data scientists striving to enable safer use of medicines worldwide.

Our areas of focus and expertise include data-driven discovery for observational medical data, and computational methods to support and enhance human decision-making throughout pharmacovigilance. We work with advanced methods in natural language processing, statistical pattern discovery and machine learning, collaborate internationally, and share our results in Open Access scientific publications. To get the best possible results, we have adopted an agile mindset and approach to scientific development, where scientists collaborate closely across disciplines in agile teams, with a common focus and joint responsibilities.

What you will do

  • Lead a team of 8-10 data scientists
  • Ensure the right expertise within the team through strategic competence development and recruitment
  • Establish effective processes for data and knowledge management and for development and deployment of prototypes for routine analytics
  • Contribute to the leadership of the UMC research department together with the Head of Pharmacovigilance Science and the Chief Science Officer
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of UMC scientific development
  • Collaborate closely with other parts of the organisation to bring scientific methods and results to real-world use
  • Help further develop and refine UMC’s approach for agile scientific development
  • Serve as scientific lead for selected research projects
  • Stay abreast of scientific and technological developments within machine learning and data science
  • Represent UMC in external collaborations and meetings

Work with great people

Salvador Alvarado
Pharmacovigilance Officer
"Working at UMC has given me a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives, by contributing to strengthening the role of medicines safety in many countries world-wide."
Pinelopi Lundquist
Head of WHO Collaborating Centre
"It’s always been important to me to contribute to the safer use of medicines, and I get to do just that in my job. Most days, I leave the office feeling like I’ve contributed to something important"
Elsa Rådahl
System Developer
"I really enjoy the variation in my work, and learning more about the different aspects of the development process and infrastructure."
Shachi Bista
Data Scientist
"The environment at UMC is very open and accepting, and there are extremely smart and dedicated people here who are always working on challenging problems."
Elki Sollenbring
Senior Pharmacovigilance Education Specialist
"I love exploring how to deliver training, like self-paced online or instructor-led distance courses. There’s so much we can do at UMC to reach people across the globe!"
Tommy Dzus
WHODrug Terminology Specialist
"My job is great because I get to use my pharmaceutical knowledge to help make the use of medicines safer across the world."

Skills & Requirements

Your qualifications

  • A MSc degree in Computer science/Engineering/Mathematical statistics

You have

  • Proven leadership abilities
  • Three or more years experience as a manager
  • Expertise in data analysis and machine learning (we work primarily with Python, R, and SQL) complemented by broad knowledge and understanding of data science and its sub-disciplines
  • Experience of scientific development, evaluation and dissemination
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English, which is our working language

It is an advantage, if you

  • have a PhD or licentiate degree
  • have worked with cloud platforms, DevOps and MLOps
  • have worked in agile settings
  • have prior experience of analysing observational medical data

Personal profile

We are looking for a candidate with the following characteristics:

  • Leader
    Ability to lead, motivate, and develop a team of strong individuals to perform to the best of their capacity; confident in making decisions

  • Proactive
    Forward-thinking, enterprising and capable – getting things done

  • Personal and professional maturity
    Perceptive and responsive; stable and insightful; displaying integrity and independence

  • Flexibility
    Ability to function in a fast-moving, dynamic environment, adapting to change in internal or external demands

  • Communication
    Excellent oral and written presentation skills

Great Place to Work

  • Real-world impact – Working for the greater good

  • Learning organisation – Skilled and curious staff

  • Flexible work hours – Allows us to be at our best

About the company

Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) is a centre for international service and scientific research in the field of pharmacovigilance. We are the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring, and manage the technical and operational aspects of the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring since 1978.

As an independent, non-profit foundation, we support the World Health Organization, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders who share our vision of advancing medicines safety. Through research and development of new scientific methods, we explore the benefits and harms of medicines for patients, and offer products and services used by health authorities and the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

UMC follows the collective agreements between the Swedish Agency for Government Employers and Saco-S and ST. Union representatives are Malin Zaar (Saco-S) and Jessica Avasol (ST), +46 (0)18-65 60 60.


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