Principal Data Scientist

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    San Francisco

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    Data Science

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    Very Competitive (TBD depending on candidate)

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Principal Data Scientist

San Francisco, CA


Intelletec has teamed up with the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the

pace of innovation whom offer some of the most trusted brands across the innovation lifecycle.


The Company:


  • Organizations and researchers rely on the curated knowledge bases from this firm’s information about scientific and academic research, patent analytics, pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence and IP management.


  • An independent company with over 4,000 employees and operations in more than 100 countries, this firm is on a bold entrepreneurial mission to help radically reduce the time from new ideas to life-changing innovations.


What You’ll Do:


Define, manipulate, aggregate and use both structured and unstructured “big data” in order to support descriptive and predictive analytics across the businesses.


  • A thought leader and go-getter


  • Collaborate with scientists, product groups and content groups to perform “big data” aggregations, fusion and manipulations of important datasets


  • Perform statistical (and machine learning analyses on data to serve business purposes


  • Narrate stories (sometimes to a non-technical audience) about our content and processes by data analysis and visualization


  • Define and develop software for the analysis and manipulation of large and very large datasets


  • Guide the architecture of “big-data” business processes with an eye towards robustness, parsimony and reproducibility (at senior levels)


  • Develops appropriate and innovative customer experience metrics and reporting tools.


  • Builds and validates predictive models using a wide variety of statistical and machine learning methods and algorithms.


  • Provides automated and ad-hoc analysis of experiments.


  • Identifies strategic information needs of internal clients and translates these into data requirements and reports.


  • Assesses and validates reliability of source data and business systems used to develop performance metrics.


  • Prepares recommendations and conclusions based on data summaries and communicates this information in a credible, convincing and timely manner


  •  Explores existing data for insights and recommends additional sources of data for improvements.


What you need to succeed:

  • Solid understanding of statistics and the design and analysis of experiments. Solid skills in statistical language, SAS.
  • The ability to tell a story about data, in particular with visualization.
  • Strong written, communication and presentation skills. Able to respond and present work to peers, answer in-depth questions, accept constructive feedback, and modify work product accordingly.
  • Specific Big Data experience on cloud computing platforms with technologies such as Hadoop, Mahout, Pig, Hive and Spark a plus
  •  Prior experience with clinical drug trials.
  • 7+ years of experience with Data Science and Statistics, preferably in Life Sciences, and more specifically, in pharmaceuticals.


Education and Background:


  • Bachelor's degree a quantitative field such as Statistics, Econometrics, Computer Science, Technology, or Engineering, strongly preferred, or equivalent work experience


  • Seeking related experience in Life Sciences; pharmaceutical experience preferred


  • Proven track record in the application of Statistics