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AbbVie Senior Data Scientist I in San Francisco, California

About AbbVie

AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV) is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie at on Twitter, Facebook at or LinkedIn at .​

AbbVie is expanding its oncology hub on the West Coast, with three sites in the San Francisco Bay Area (Redwood City, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale) focused on the discovery and development of novel oncology therapies. More than 1,000 AbbVie scientists, clinicians, and product developers with strong entrepreneurial roots work across these three sites. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. This position will be based at AbbVie's South San Francisco site with the potential to work out of the Sunnyvale location.

The Data Solution team within the Information Research (IR) Division is building the next generation of big biology data management and decision support tools and services to optimize the efficiency and efficacy of research and development at AbbVie. Examples of applications/topics supported include genomic data analysis, drug target and compound assessment/mining, custom data visualization projects and internal and external data integration, knowledge ecosystem design and implementation, etc.

We have an exciting opportunity available for a Senior Data Scientist I. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in computational biology/bioinformatics with both scripting and data manipulation/visualization skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborative Design – you should find it inspiring to work with a wide variety of colleagues (e.g., biology, bioinformatics, business); understand their needs and then propose and build solutions

  • Build – through your own efforts or in collaboration with other team members develop custom software solutions/processes that contribute to and help foster the growing AbbVie data integration environment. Understand coding and testing best practices paired with use of tools like Atlassian Suite for feature request/bug fixes, and documentation tracking.

  • Adaptability – given our diverse mission you should be able to move fluidly between different project responsibilities

  • Breadth – as a talented and motivated Data Scientist you can contribute to a wide variety of missions related to enhancing drug discovery


  • Bachelor’s Degree and typically 10 years of experience,Master’s Degree and typically 8 years of experience, or PhD and 0 years ofexperience. Degree should be in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, orrelated scientific/engineering field

  • Proficiency in Java or Python (R is a bonus)

  • Experience in database management including schema and SQLquery development, preferably using MySQL, Oracle, or postgreSQL

  • Experience using contemporary data visualization methodslike Spotfire or Tableau

  • Ability to perform high dimensional data mining, dataintegration and data extraction projects of internal and/or external publicdata

  • Experience with image capture, analysis, and storage ishighly desirable

  • Trained expertise in machine learning or artificialintelligence

  • Comfortable in a Linux computing environment (Unix shellscripting)

  • Experience using some form of an agile developmentmethodology

  • Enjoy working in a highly collaborative dynamic environmentwith a diverse team to tackle complex problems

  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills;comfortable working with colleagues located at different geographic locations

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