(Sr. ) Scientist, Data Solutions

Category:  Research

Beijing, Beijing, CN


Data Engineer – Novo Nordisk Research Center China

Global Research Technologies/ Computational Research/

Novo Nordisk Research Center China (NNRCC) : Research Informatics China


Are you interested in driving data science solutions at the heart of drug development processes? Do you enjoy working in an international and challenging research environment, where you will actively contribute to the design of next generation medicines that will change the life of patients with diabetes and other serious chronic diseases for the better? Do you have a deep curiosity for modern data science technologies and thrive in an engaging working environment? Then you may be our next highly valued Data Engineer at Novo Nordisk Research Center China.



NNRCC, founded in 1997, takes pride in being the first R&D centre established by a multinational pharmaceutical company in China that taps into the surrounding wealth of opportunities and talents in biomedical sciences.  Its mission has aimed to become a centre of technological excellence and to forge collaborations among pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, research entities, and hospitals. Since its establishment, NNRCC has successfully become an essential and integral part of the Novo Nordisk R&D organization and contributed to filling the pipeline with novel product candidates.


About the area & the Position

In the computational research area, we collaborate closely with research scientists across the R&D area to improve and accelerate active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and drug product (DP) designs of new peptides and biologics. We have access to advanced state-of-the-art computational platform and are developing and applying data solutions to a variety of biological and chemical data, including throughput assay data, omics data and image data.


Your responsibility will be to define, develop, and establish solutions for scientific data registration, management, visualization, analysis and sharing at Novo Nordisk Research Center China by implementing commercial, open source or internally developed software and applications, both on short term horizon and on long term horizon. We expect you to collaborate with rest of the computational research team in in silico guidance of assay development and innovation through optimizing experiment and data analysis process for LoB. In addition, novel insights into conventional process and pipelines and the ability to investigate them in different scope and perspectives would be of great value in this position to drive digitalization and automation move whenever and wherever possible. An important part of the job is also to engage with stakeholders across the interdisciplinary and international organization, both internally and externally.





  • PhD with 0-3+ years relevant experience, Masters with 3-4 years relevant experience, or equivalent knowledge through relevant practical experience in information technology, computer science, bioinformatics/lab informatics and data science
  • PhD degree preferred
  • 3 -7 years of research experience in computational method and scientific software/tool development, and/or data engineering within relevant areas of biomedical research; or equivalent knowledge through relevant practical experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and applying data science solutions including the collection, management, analysis, visualization, integration and interpretation of chemical and/or biological data, especially working with large, complex datasets
  • Demonstrated success in technical proficiency in the field of data science and IT.
  • Extended knowledge and working experience with multiple statistics, modern machine learning and data engineering & ontology techniques
  • Experience with programming in several computing languages (e.g. Python, R, C/C++, Perl, Java)
  • Demonstrated scientific creativity and innovative mind-set such as good track record of publication and/or proposing new hypothesis driven research project
  • Demonstration of collaborative mind-set by participation in several international and/or cross-team collaborations
  • Desire to drive challenging data management and analytic problems in a dynamic working environment as well as ability to engage and collaborate with colleagues across different scientific disciplines
  • Proactively guide and advise scientists on scientific data capture, registration, analysis and visualization, while supporting and solving day-to-day data challenges
  • Project management or coordination experience with cross functional teams in research is preferred
  • Basic knowledge of drug discovery process and chronic disease biology, particularly within NN core Therapeutic areas (Diabetes, Obesity, CVD, NASH, and other chronic diseases) is preferred
  • Experience with collaboration with AI biotechnology and digital solution companies or personal connections in the data engineering/science field is considered a plus
  • Experience in relevant data platforms (e.g. Dotmatics, Tetrascience, etc) is considered a plus


Benefits of working at Novo Nordisk

  • Opportunity to work in a collaborative and stimulating work environment with the prospect of improving the lives of patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Positive working culture where employees are empowered and the importance of achieving a good work-live balance is valued
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Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk we recognise that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and the communities we operate in.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.

Millions rely on us 

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.