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Merck Director, Data Science, AI, & Genome Sciences, AI/ML Platform/Methodology Lead in REMOTE,

Job Description

Our Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning (AI/ML) capabilities are critical accelerators to our mission to delivering towards inventing new medicines that save and improve lives. Core to the Data, AI and Genome Sciences (DAGS) function is an AI/ML-first approach to improving target and biomarker discovery, validation and selection and elucidating complex disease mechanisms. As Director of Data Science, AI/ML Platform Lead you Develop and architect a modular framework to align, integrate, develop, and deploy different AI/ML modeling approaches to streamline insight generation. You will be part of a cross-functional team of computational biologists, bioinformaticians, data scientists, software engineers, and machine learning engineers that strive to identify therapeutic targets. You will report to the Executive Director, Head of AI/ML

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and architect a modular framework to align, integrate, develop, and deploy different AI/ML modeling approaches to streamline insight generation.

  • Develop and architect a modular framework to align and integrate experimental data and ML/AI modeling results to facilitate wet-lab and dry-lab collaboration/integration.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to understand project goals and design data-driven framework for target discovery.

  • Utilize advanced statistical methods, develop machine learning models and methodologies to identify potential drug targets, leveraging large-scale omics data, images, and clinical information.

  • Develop methodologies to integrate and impute diverse datasets, including omics, images, and clinical information to uncover disease biology and novel drug targets.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in quantitative field (computer science, math, physics, engineering) and 8+ years experience in developing and deploying ML/AI models and methodologies, including statistical methods, machine learning approaches such as variational autoencoder, probabilistic approaches, deep learning, and foundation models OR MS in quantitative or related field and 10+ years of experience OR BS and 14+ years of experience

  • Strong experience with Python libraries for data analysis (e.g. Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib) and machine learning (e.g. scikit-learn, PyTorch)

  • Experience with ML model life cycle, MLOps, and/or SDK development.

  • Experience with healthcare and life science data is a plus.

  • Interest in learning disease biology is a must, prior experience with healthcare and life science data is preferred.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary team.

This is a hybrid position, with an expectation of 3 days/week onsite. Remote work can be considered for exceptional candidates with a proven history of developing and deploying modern ML techniques for biological and -omics datasets in a drug discovery and development context.


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$184,800.00 - $290,900.00

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Required Skills:

Data Engineering, Data Modeling, Data Science, Data Visualization, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Project Management, Software Development

Preferred Skills:

Life Science, Omics

Requisition ID: R278534