Principal Data Scientist - AI/ML

Novo Nordisk A/S
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Principal Data Scientist - AI/ML

Are you enthusiastic about driving the design of next generation healthcare solutions that will change the life of patients with diabetes and other serious chronic diseases? Do you want to be on the cutting edge of science to discover novel therapies and delivery technologies that patients both need and want? If yes, then this opportunity could be right for you, so apply today!

About the department

The AI and Analytics Team is part of Novo Nordisk’s Data Science division, where we apply sophisticated algorithms and machine learning techniques to some of the hardest problems in the discovery and development of new healthcare solutions. By leveraging a blend of scientific, problem-solving, and quantitative skills, we provide superior data insights that empower Novo Nordisk to further develop and deliver life-changing treatments. We work in multidisciplinary teams with strong collaboration across all areas of the organization and engage in external collaborations to ensure access to cutting edge research and technology.

We believe in the value of a diverse and inclusive culture. Together, we build and grow talent to ensure the development of new solutions. The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work. We are committed to helping each other grow, and we are driven by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people living with chronic disease.

The Position

The Principal Data Scientist AI/ML is a unique position that sits at the junction of applied machine learning and biostatistics domains, contributing to the research team’s efforts towards exploring and innovating within our fields. As a Principal Data Scientist, you will bring elements of domain expertise and novel exploration in the machine learning space to explore prognostic and predictive models toward various drug development objectives.

Moreover, the Principal Data Scientist will, with support from Data Scientists and Engineers, contribute to the development and validation of such algorithms and models, and work closely with other departments including Biostatistics, Pharmacometrics and IT/engineering groups.

As Principal Data Scientist you will:

  • Apply relevant statistical, ML and AI methods to solve complex challenges in the pharmaceutical development space
  • Explore latest trends in drug development to innovate traditional clinical trial development strategies
  • Engage with stakeholders to understand challenges, identify areas of innovation, and build solutions using appropriate techniques
  • Help articulate the solutioning with a regulatory lens, designing experiments that help innovate around relevant scientific questions
  • Demonstrate an ability to take initiatives and drive projects from concept to adoption
  • Implement and maintain local and cloud-based data and computational environment to integrate data and solutions from different sources
  • Actively participate in cross-functional teams to develop multiple AI and ML solutions

The Principal Data Scientist AI/ML reports to the head of the related research area and will have a variety of internal and external stakeholders across US, Denmark and UK to understand challenges, identify areas of innovation, and build solutions using appropriate technologies.

Internal partners include data scientists, specialists, engineers, software developers, technology scouts & partnership developers, system engineers, designers, anthropologists, medical doctors, IT professionals, and others across US, Denmark and UK. External relationships include commercial and academic collaboration partners.

You will have extensive collaboration with data scientists, engineers and scientists from other disciplines to complete daily tasks and to design and iterate on solutions. 


  • A PhD with 3+ years of relevant experience is required; a Master’s degree with 5+ years of experience will be considered. Degrees within biostatistics, computer science, molecular biology, computational biology, or a related quantitative discipline preferred.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Deep knowledge and experience with classical statistical methods used in clinical trial design, planning and execution
  • Experience working in pharmaceutical industry, healthcare industry, regulated medical device development or in another regulated field
  • Experience innovating in areas such as trial design/planning, dose response modelling, virtual twins, structured exploration, cohort modelling, adaptive designs, and similar areas
  • Experience in advocating and deploying modern AI/ML alternatives to classical approaches of trial design and conduct
  • Experience with software development, including writing high quality code in Python or R, with knowledge in CDISC including SDTM, ADaM, and controlled terminologies 
  • Strong understanding and experience supporting regulatory submissions, interacting with the FDA and/or global regulatory authorities
  • Foster international academic / commercial partnerships
  • Work collaboratively across multiple disciplines to drive innovation

 Preferred experience includes:

  • Experience working with structured and unstructured multi-domain data from diverse sources
  • Experience working in a cloud environment/platform, preferably in AWS
  • Working experience in Software Development Lifecycles, agile methodologies, and continuous integration
  • Strong academic background with a demonstrated record toward innovation using modern ML/AI methods

Working at Novo Nordisk

Everything we do starts and ends with the patient. And, while changing the future of chronic disease treatment, such as diabetes and obesity, is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity, and innovation. Our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. 


Rishi Karvir, Sr. Dir AI Machine Learning, Phone +1 445 245 6282 (direct) or 

Please note that applications will be reviewed continuously, and interviews will be planned as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.

You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few lines about your motivation in your resume or CV. Please assist us in maintaining a fair and inclusive selection process by not attaching a photo to your application.

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.

Company Info.

Novo Nordisk A/S

Novo Nordisk A/S is a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Bagsværd, Denmark, with production facilities in eight countries, and affiliates or offices in five countries.

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