Systems Biology Internship (9-12 months, starting in September 2022), Basel, Switzerland

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

  • Basel
  • Post Date: 26. April 2022

Systems Biology Internship (9-12 months, starting in September 2022), Basel, Switzerland

At Roche, we believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives and we are courageous in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world. That is why we come to work each day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigor, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.

Within Roche Pharma Research & Early Development (pRED) Pharmaceutical Sciences, the I2O (Immunology, Infectious Diseases, and Ophthalmology) Systems Biology group is seeking a highly-motivated Master student, dedicated to the development and application of data science tools and systems biology approaches to deepen disease insights and drive target discovery. This internship offers the most talented students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with us.

Who you are

You are someone who wants to influence your own development. You are looking for a company where you receive the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Working in a multicultural environment motivates you. As a fast learner you actively drive the quality of the requirements.

Your profile:

  • You are currently enrolled in or a recent graduate (less than a year) with a Master’s degree in Systems Biology, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Bioengineering or comparable.

  • You are a creative problem solver, quick learner and comfortable in experimenting with new approaches

  • You are a strong collaborator with willingness to initiate projects and contribute to the team goals

  • You have good organizational skills and you demonstrate high productivity and enjoy dealing with ambiguity and applying novel methodologies

  • You have strong communication skills in English (written and spoken)

Required qualifications:

  • Strong coding experience: R (+ Shiny) and/or Python

  • Experience with git and version control

  • Experience with bulk and single-cell RNASeq data analysis and interpretation of results in a disease context

  • Experience with applying computational tools to: immunology or virology or bacterial genetics & phylogenetics

  • Experience with quantitative statistics and data modeling (e.g. hypothesis testing, parametric and non-parametric tests, regression, linear models, etc)

The following experiences are a plus, but not mandatory:

  • Experience with developing R packages

  • Experience with statistical analysis and integration of high-dimensional omics data (e.g. transcriptomics, proteomics, metagenomics)

  • Experience with machine learning algorithms

  • Experience with graph structures and graph search algorithms

  • Experience with technologies required to undertake analyses on large data sources or with computationally intensive steps (parallelization, HPC cluster computing, Docker, LSF)

  • Familiarity with human immunology and genetics and/or the gut microbiome and/or infectious disease (virology, bacteriology)

The preferred start date of the internship is ideally September 2022 for 9 to 12 months. Shorter periods will not be considered. Please clearly indicate your preferred starting date and duration of the internship on your motivation letter.

Applications need to include a CV and a motivation letter both merged in one document.

Due to regulations non-EU/EFTA citizens must provide a certificate from the university stating that an internship is mandatory as part of the application documents.

Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents our patients and a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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Who we are

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 10,700 employees from over 100 countries come together at our Basel/Kaiseraugst site, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

Besides extensive development and training opportunities, we offer flexible working options, 18 weeks of maternity leave and 10 weeks of gender independent partnership leave. Our employees also benefit from multiple services on site such as child-care facilities, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias, as well as various employee events.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and strive to identify and create opportunities that enable all people to bring their unique selves to Roche.

Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Level:

Entry Level

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