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Data Engineer


Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Function:  Information Technology
Job ID:  65316

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?


Within the global UCB IT organization, the IT-Early Solution Data Platforms group is playing a crucial role in accelerating drug discovery by using the power of data to impact on complex drug discovery challenges.


We are looking for an individual with a rare combination of IT skills and scientific experience to strengthen our team.


As a Data Engineer working with omics and high content data you will deliver innovative data management solutions for new drug discovery technologies. Your solutions will enable data analysis and decision making by therapeutic project teams throughout the drug discovery process. The skills you bring will boost a fast-moving research environment aiming to transform patients’ lives.

The projects we are addressing include proteomics, functional genomics or mass cytometry (CyTOF) assays. If you have experience in any of these areas and are keen to join a dynamics IT team embedded within a fast-moving biopharma, then please apply.


The role is based in Boston, MA. Regular travel will be required to our other research sites in Belgium, U.K. and U.S.A. (WA & NC).


Your main responsibilities

As Data Engineer: Omics and High Content data, you will:

  • Use your scientific background to address drug discovery challenges managing high content data and your IT skills to solve them.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams to understand requirements through from Target discovery to pre-clinical development.
  • Design platforms using the right mixture of existing solutions and new IT tools – ensuring the many kinds of data are well integrated.
  • Work with internal and external teams to deliver solutions on time and within budget.
  • Use your technical skills to enable the capture and management of experiment data – focusing on a wide variety of complex assays, e.g. Proteomics, Imaging, NGS and many more.
  • Build custom algorithms to support data import, normalization and result calculation.
  • Integrate custom algorithms with tools like Screener and E-WorkBook.
  • Define practical but rigorous business rules to ensure data quality.
  • Influence how scientist and IT work together - drive the adoption of new ideas at UCB such as FAIR data principles and agile development practices to deliver a powerful data management platform.
  • Strive for impact. Be an integral part of the team delivering a streamlined support model to scientists based in Belgium, U.K. & the U.S. Work with key users, vendors and wider IT team.


You see yourself immediately when reading…

  • Passionate about exploiting the power of data by delivering data management solutions in a fast-evolving research environment.
  • Experienced in managing or analysing data from high content techniques. In this role you will be managing many kinds of data so experience in any of the following (or similar) is useful: Proteomics, HCS, NGS, SPR, Flow, CyTOF etc.
  • Love to use technology to capture or analyse high content data. Demonstrable experience with scripting technologies such as Python, R or pipeling tools such as Knime etc.
  • Ideally you will have experience with tools such as Screener, ActivityBase, LabKey etc.
  • Fluent in English, you get a kick out of presenting and enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams.


Why you should apply

Do you want to contribute in bringing real value to patients living with severe diseases while driving innovation forward?


Join UCB’s dynamic, inspiring and innovative environment. You will be recognized for impactful performance via a competitive compensation and benefits package and you will enjoy ample personal development opportunities.






About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees worldwide operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decisionmakers across the heath care ecosystem.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.


UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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