Pfizer Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical (WRDM) is expanding its work in applying Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to Biomedical Research. This will enable Pfizer to enhance our drug discovery efforts, sustain our industry leading R&D productivity, and deliver breakthrough medicines to the patients most in need. The centerpiece of this initiative is the establishment of a "ML Research Hub," a new group charged with mastering state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to create novel predictive models and tools used across WRDM. Data Engineering will be key to the success of this new group given the enormous scope of the chemical, biological, omics, and clinical data available at Pfizer. The WRDM Research Hub is seeking experienced data engineers with a background in machine learning, software engineering, technical problem-solving skills, and experience in creating scalable data pipelines and infrastructure for training, validating, and deploying into production ML solutions for broad usage.
The successful candidate will help guide data engineering strategy and work with Research Unit and ML research scientists across WRDM to enable our proprietary data and external datasets to be leveraged for ML modeling. This will be accomplished by designing and implementing end-to-end data workflows for large-scale data ingestion, processing, tagging, and publishing, with an eye towards improving ML model performance over time. Key to success will be defining an internal portfolio of projects with collaborators, identification and management of external vendors and contractors to support activities, management of junior FTEs, and collaboration with Pfizer Digital.
Master’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, a life science discipline, or related technical discipline
Demonstrated ability for strategy development in the data engineering field. With the ability to lead an internal or external matrix team.
6+ years experience programming experience in Python, Java, Scala, C++, or SQL.
6+ years experience in software design, development, and algorithm-related solutions for production-grade systems using machine learning.
6+ years experience in managing code composed of multi-developer teams, following industry best practices
Deep knowledge of one or more scientific data types (e.g. biomedical images, biomedical text, large-scale, multidimensional 'omics, large- or small- molecule therapeutics, clinical or Real World Data, etc.)
Excellent written and oral communication skills
MS/PhD + 4 years of relevant research experience
Experience with high performance computing (HPC) environments (SLURM/LSF/SGE schedulers)
Expertise with cloud computing infrastructure including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and distributed computing libraries (e.g. Spark, Hive, Impala, Kafka, etc.)
Expertise with containerization and orchestration tools (e.g. Docker, Singularity, Airflow, Luigi, Kubernetes, etc)
Expertise with workflow languages (CWL, WDL, Nextflow, etc.)
Expertise with CI/CD and automation tools (Terraform, CloudFormation, Jenkins, Ansible, etc.)
Passion and curiosity for data and proven ability to take ideas from prototype to production.
Previous resource management experience (FTE, contractor)
Technologies We Use:
Python, Java, C++, Slurm-based on-premise compute clusters, Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Docker, Singularity, Kubernetes, Python (Numpy, Pandas, Dask, PyTorch, TensorFlow, sci-kit learn, RDKit, Weights and Biases etc.
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