Student Internship in Computational Biology (starting July 2022, for 3 months) Location Basel, Basel-City, Switzerland

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

  • Basel
  • Post Date: 1. Juni 2022

Student Internship in Computational Biology (starting July 2022, for 3 months) Location Basel, Basel-City, 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 fearless in both making decisions and taking 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.

Epidemics caused by respiratory viruses pose severe costs and challenges to our civilization. In the coming decades, climate change and urbanization will likely catalyze and accelerate spreading of existing viruses and emergence of new, zoonotic viruses. Viral infectious diseases pose a significant threat not only to human health, especially that of young children and of the elderly, but also to a sustainable development of the society, because people of lower socioeconomic status are over-proportionally impacted by pandemic outbreaks such as SARS-COV-2.

The project

This exploratory research project aims at identifying novel biological targets for antiviral drugs by means of computational methods. A cross-functional team with experts in cheminformatics, computational biology, machine learning, and virology will support you. You will help us analyze data generated from phenotypic screenings for antivirals using state-of-the-art analytical tools, especially causal inference and network-based machine learning, to infer novel targets for viral infection. The aim is to derive high- confidence biological targets, with which we can design and conduct follow-up experiments to validate the targets and to start drug-discovery programs.

The position is funded for 3 months, however it can be combined with another 6-month position with similar requirements for skill sets. Please indicate your availability.

In this position, you will

  • Collaborate with a small team of 2-3 colleagues to prepare data and biological knowledgebase required for this and future projects in a findable, accessible, interoperable and reproducible (FAIR) way;
  • Build, benchmark, and interpret machine-learning models to discover, validate or refute causal paths between putative targets and readouts from the phenotypic screening;
  • Contribute to an emerging software toolbox of network-based target identification and validation with software packages and pipelines;

Who you are

You are an ambitious student who is enthusiastic about understanding biology with computational models and data analysis. You are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the field of computational biology, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, computer science, biomedicine, or a related discipline.

Moreover, you are

  • Experienced in applying computational methods to address questions in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, or toxicology, demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications;
  • Proficient in programming with Python, demonstrated by contributions to open-source software projects;
  • Skilled in causal inference and interpretable graph neural networks;
  • Constantly striving for high-quality work, readable and reusable code, and effective oral and written communication;
  • Motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team.

To be considered, please send us your complete application merged into one PDF including

  • ● A Motivation Letter (including desired start date & duration)
  • ● CV, containing links to at least one open-source project that we can access
  • ● A certificate of enrollment (if you are currently studying)
  • ● For non-EU/EFTA citizens: Certificate from the university stating that an internship is mandatory (required due to regulations)

We’d like to let you know that for this recruitment process we are going to invite you to an Online Assessment in case a first review of your application was successful. Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to building a team that represents a range 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.

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