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Intern, Information Knowledge Utilization (iKU) EMEA-1

Req #: 1800673
Location: Boudry, Neuchatel CH
Job Category: Information Technology
Work Location: Route de Perreux 1 BOUDRY 2017
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Fixed Term
Job Level:
Other Locations:Switzerland- Boudry


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

Purpose of the Position:

Changes in the healthcare ecosystem mandate that Celgene transform its approach to harnessing data and using data-derived insights for decision-making, which is the mission of the Celgene iKU (Information, Knowledge, Utilization) function. This temporary position will assist the permanent staff of EMEA Information Knowledge Utilization (IKU) in changing the way Celgene thinks, acts, and leads with data.  The intern will investigate cutting-edge technologies (see research project below), and carry out pilot projects to help iKU understand how they could be used. 

Research Project

Pseudonymization or anonymization of patient data for protection of personal information is an urgent concern for those wanting to share or use data to promote health research.  Simulated data based on a real data set could be very helpful if the simulated data can be expected to lead us to the same conclusions as the original data set.  Recently the “swarm” method for simulating data based on a given data set (based on principal components) has been shown to produce reasonable results in certain contexts.  It is not yet clear whether “swarmed” data will perform as well for survival data, or whether modifications to the method would be required (and, if required, sufficient).   This internship will investigate that question and test possible answers by simulation, and also compare swarming to adversarial generated networks (for example,  If successful, the method could be used to enable privacy-preserving distributed queries on health data sets across Europe and elsewhere.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform the research outlined in “purpose of the position” above
  • Act as a member of the iKU Data Science Team: contribute to data science projects addressing business needs as they come up.  Participate in meetings with business leaders, understand their challenges, and design and execute analyses to help address those challenges
  • Learn about the pharmaceutical industry

Education & Experience:

  • Working towards a master’s or PhD degree in data science, statistics, or a related discipline
  • Good programming skills in R or python
  • Knowledge of multivariate analysis methods (for example, principal component analysis)
  • Experience with survival analysis and/or neural networks is helpful
  • Good communication skills; interprets data analysis results in clinical or business context, and articulates the implications of the results to colleagues not in data science
  • Works in a fast-paced multidisciplinary, dynamic environment, and as necessary creates examples, prototypes, demonstrations to help the business better understand innovative solutions

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