Expert Scientific Data Architect

Novo Nordisk A/S
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Job Description

Are you an expert-level Data Architect, or do you have a proven track record within scientific data engineering and the ambition to become an expert? Do you want to be part of a global company with a 100-year legacy and 54,000+ colleagues working to impact the lives of millions of people?

Novo Nordisk is investing heavily in new research projects and in the digital foundation required to amplify and accelerate our science, and we are building a new Scientific Architecture team to design and build the software, data products, and platforms that our world leading scientists need.

Become part of the next wave of scientific discovery by joining Digital Science & Innovation (DSI). Apply today and join us for a life-changing career.

The position

As Expert Scientific Data Architect you will be responsible for the scoping and technical design of highly complex data products supporting key scientific capabilities in Novo Nordisk such as Disease Understanding, Lead Identification/Optimisation, or Laboratory Automation. You will lead the overall architecture design of scientific data products across multiple product teams each consisting of 5-10 members.

In this position, you will operate with high independence and act as the primary expert within own field and scope. You will lead and complete highly complex tasks with no or minimum supervision.

You will design the blueprints, enablers and platforms for data products that accelerate scientific analysis and in-silico experimentation. Data products often rely on advanced digital technologies such as machine learning, big data and visualization. Robust platforms and correct pipeline configurations are critical for the validity of scientific results and the effective execution of digital science.

Your key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Develop and oversee data architecture visions, detailed blueprints, and roadmaps for enabling data products. Ensure compliance with data quality standards, privacy, and security policies.
  • Build and maintain target architectures for new data products including database design, data processing, and data integrations. Accelerate adoption of the latest technology trends within the cloud and big data solutions.
  • Scope and develop proof of concepts to demonstrate feasibility of new data driven solutions.
  • Collaborate closely with scientific leads, data experts and SMEs to define relevant and effective solutions to scientific use cases and requirements from our scientific teams and projects.
  • Plan for the structured creation/acquisition, storage, management, pipelining, and use of scientific data within the scope of one or more scientific capabilities.
  • Stay current on technology trends such as database technologies, high performance computing, infrastructure as code and communicate their value and applicability within scientific research.
  • Represent Novo Nordisk in conferences, industry working groups, and author or contribute to publications in relevant scientific journals.


To succeed in this role, you should have:

  • Preferable MSc or Ph.D. in life science or computer science, and at least 10 years of experience within data architecture and/or Data Management in Scientific Research.
  • Profound knowledge of big data technologies. Experience in designing and implementing modern data architectures such as data lakehouse, data mesh, data fabric, data modelling and design, including database development and administration.
  • Previously worked as senior/lead data engineer, or have the ability to demonstrate hands on work developing data pipelines in either on-premise or cloud-based environments.
  • Hands-on experience with object-oriented programming languages such as Scala, Java, and Python. Expertise in transactional, object, document, and graph databases.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business. Recommends process, product, or service improvements. Operates with no supervision in a complex environment.

About the department

You will be part of the Scientific Architecture unit in Data Management & Informatics (DMI). DMI is responsible for providing scientific data and software products to support the global research and early development organisation at Novo Nordisk. Our work spans driving digitalisation of laboratories, enabling scientific data capture, creating harmonized data for analytics, and providing informatics tools. We enable disruptive innovation and data driven decision making across areas that include disease understanding, molecular design, portfolio management and external scouting. We have a strong focus on employee engagement, and on developing and retaining talent.

Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing, and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.


For further information, please contact Architecture Capability Manager, Theodosis Makris at 

We are looking to hire in the following locations:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oxford, England, United Kingdom
  • Boston, MA, USA

Please note that we will consider different levels of seniority and we will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis.

You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few sentences about why you are applying in your resume or CV. To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.

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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