Senior Director, Head Of Computational Precision Health

Hiring By - Biostaffic


United Kingdom

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Posted 4 months ago
Job details
Location: London UK, Copenhagen, Denmark
The AI and Digital Research department is a global, multidisciplinary team that puts AI at the centre of drug discovery. The department takes a human-centric approach to drug discovery, utilizing cutting-edge data science, machine learning, and engineering techniques to identify novel targets, biomarkers, and new drugs. By doing so, they aim to accelerate the drug discovery process and unlock a deeper understanding of disease and treatment outcomes.
Through close collaboration with other departments and teams across the organization, the AI and Digital Research department works to bring innovative therapies to patients more quickly and improve the lives of those living with chronic conditions. With a focus on putting AI at the forefront of drug discovery, the department is dedicated to revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry and bringing life-changing treatments to those who need them most.
We are looking for a Senior Director, Head of Computational Precision Health, to lead a global team of Data Scientists and Informaticians, providing a high level of scientific and strategic leadership to the organization. The Computational Precision Health Team will provide advance analytical analysis using patient level databases (EMR claims, registry) and internal clinical trial data to answer a variety of questions related to drug discovery and early development. You will be responsible for developing and executing the vision and strategy for Computational Precision Health, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, and ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables.
  • Lead, build and mentor a global team of Data Scientists and Informaticians, fostering a culture of innovation, excellence, and collaboration.
  • Define and implement the vision and strategy for Computational Precision Health, aligning with the organization's goals and priorities.
  • Lead and define the data strategy for Research and Early Developments use of patient level cohorts.
  • Serve as a leadership team member for the AI and Digital Research CVP area.
  • Work across Research and Early Development and Development organisation to maximise the use of NN clinical trial data.
  • Provide scientific and strategic guidance to the team and stakeholders on the appropriate use analyse multimodal patient level databases (clinical, wearables images, EMR) and internal clinical trial data towards drug discovery and Research and Early Development, ensuring compliance with ethical and regulatory standards.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with internal and external collaborators, including academic institutions, data providers, and technology vendors.
  • Communicate and present the results and insights of precision health projects to senior management and external audiences, using clear and compelling visualizations and narratives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the emerging trends and technologies in the field of computational precision health and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement.
  • MSc or equivalent in biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics, computer science, or related field
  • Strong knowledge and expertise in real world data sources and a sophisticated understanding of study designs and quantitative analytical method
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire, motivate, and develop a diverse and high-performing team.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to translate complex data and analytics into clear and actionable insights for various audiences.
  • Proven track record of delivering high-quality and timely cross functional projects, with a focus on innovation and impact.
  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated and adaptable, with the ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Experience working in a global organisation and delivering global solutions.
  • Willingness to test ‘status quo’ thinking and measured risk taking
In this role your main responsibility will leading your team, but you will be required to work with several internal stakeholders such as AIDR Management, Research and Early Development Therapeutic Teams, Global Translation Teams and the Development Data science Organisation. Externally you will work with Academic Institutions, External Partner Companies and Key Innovators in the Field.
You will report directly to Mishal Patel, CVP, Head of AI and Digital Research. The successful candidate will be responsible for a global team based in Denmark and the UK but will also be required to further build this team over the next two years. Experience building teams in the past will be highly beneficial for this opportunity.
Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.
Please submit your application via the Novo Nordisk website. We do not accept directly sent CVs.
Applications are screened at an ongoing basis, please apply as soon as possible.
Apply by 5th March
We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.
At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.

Benefits Offered?

  • No

Bonus Offered?

  • No

Travel Required?

  • No


  • United Kingdom

Global Experience Needed?

  • No

Specialized Experience Needed?

  • No

Apply before:

  • Apr 11, 2024
Company Overview
Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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