Translational Medicine Scientist (Molecular Data Expert)

  • Benevolent
  • London, UK
  • Mar 26, 2020

Job Description

Translational Medicine Scientist (Molecular Data Expert)  

BenevolentAI, founded in 2013, creates and applies AI technologies to transform the way medicines are discovered and developed. BenevolentAI seeks to improve patients’ lives by applying technology designed to generate better data decision making and in doing so decrease drug discovery failure rates, lower drug development costs and increase the speed at which medicines are generated. The company has developed the Benevolent Platform™ - a discovery platform used by BenevolentAI scientists to find new ways to treat disease and personalise drugs for patients.

BenevolentAI is HQ’d in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and an office in New York. BenevolentAI has active R&D drug programmes from discovery to Phase IIb in disease areas such as ALS, Atopic dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis and Sarcopenia.


BenevolentAI is reimagining the drug discovery process by applying cutting-edge AI technology to solve drug discovery challenges. We are looking for a candidate who is as passionate as us to join our mission in finding new medical treatments. 

You are a biomedical scientist with a passion for applying insights from human ‘omics data analysis to impact drug discovery and clinical development programmes at BenevolentAI. With translational experience in at one or more ‘omic modalities (e.g. genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, metabonomics, proteomics), you are somebody who thrives in a multidisciplinary team working at the intersection of biology, data science and drug discovery, based in central London’s knowledge quarter. Applying your experience in human biology, you will be responsible for interpreting the output of machine learning analyses in ‘omics data in order to form hypotheses about the causes of disease that can be tested in the lab or the clinic. You will formulate biological questions raised by our drug discovery programmes that can be addressed by machine learning and data science, and work with colleagues to answer them.

We have a particular focus on Precision Medicine. In particular, deriving and applying more precise definitions of disease, and discovering medicines tailored to patients in those groups. We derive endotype descriptions from multi-modal data and predict biomarkers to describe them and drug targets to treat them.

The dynamic environment that you will join at BenevolentAI offers many opportunities for a talented, motivated individual to influence the development of our drug discovery programmes and our platform technology. We have a particular focus on deriving and applying more precise definitions of disease, and discovering medicines tailored to patients in those groups. You will be working to make precision medicine a reality alongside Benevolent’s world-class teams of data scientists and biologists, and an international network of external collaborators.

Primary Responsibilities

  • You will bring expertise in the analysis and interpretation of ‘omics data (transcriptomics, epigenomics or proteomics) to Benevolent’s precision medicine products.

  • You will have experience in using 'omics data in the context of drug discovery in target identification and validation.

  • You will work as a member of a cross-functional team comprising specialists in informatics, engineering, AI, drug discovery and product. In these teams, you will apply the latest advances in machine learning to drug discovery and development.

  • You will define the scientific and technical problems in delivering precision medicine to develop new solutions within your team, influence a precision medicine approach across the company and be part of collaborative teams with external partners. 

  • You will drive an approach of ‘clinic first’ to define unmet medical need in patient-level data and match targets that address that need to existing or new therapeutic agents.

  • Development and management of external collaborations

  • Management of scientific outputs such as publications.

We’re looking for someone with...

  • Scientific Bachelor’s degree required. Additional Business/Economics qualifications advantageous

  • Significant experience of healthcare/pharma industry experience; consulting or corporate strategy/business development experience preferred

  • Understanding of the Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Development Landscape

  • A desire to work at the interface of AI and Drug Discovery and Development

  • Prior out-licensing experience in a Drug Discovery and Development environment preferred

  • Strong analytical background required together with Excel forecasting and financial modelling skills, with business development and partnership experience preferred

  • A driven and flexible self-starter who can prioritise a rich and interesting workload

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to manage senior-level stakeholders across multiple teams.

Who are we?

We have assembled a diverse, exceptionally talented and spirited team to tackle the most pressing and challenging problems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and drug discovery. We bring our ideas and passion for new technology and medicines discovery to life by questioning traditional scientific dogmas.

Our core values reflect who we are and how we work and they are so important to achieve our mission: Bring better medicines to patients faster.

Put patients first. Drive to delivery. Break boundaries. Own the solution.

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