Data Science Consultant

DC Metro /
Technical /
Full Time
Do you thrive in creative, innovative, scientific and IT environments? Do you like the challenge of tackling big projects involving data discovery and analytics, machine learning/AI and/or general informatics in the life sciences? Do you like working closely with scientists on enabling their IT needs? Are you a scientist in the field who has met the challenge of translating complex scientific processes into technical solutions? Do you find the convergence of science and IT fascinating?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, BioTeam, Inc. has a unique opportunity for you.
 
BioTeam, Inc. is a growing life sciences consulting company. We have expertise bridging Science and IT, and we have a unique way of providing complete, and forward-thinking solutions to life sciences to help accelerate scientific research.  We assess, recommend and implement strategies, technologies, software and systems for our customers that are designed for the direct support of scientific research.
 
We are a completely virtual organization with employees across the country and also collaborative and fast-paced. We travel domestically and internationally to work with our diverse customer base. You will work from your home office, in the Washington, DC area or wherever that may be.

Job Summary

As a Data Science Consultant, you have expertise in Data Science/Informatics with a focus in life sciences, biomedical science, or bioinformatics. Your work experience in this area is important, as is your fascination for learning as much as you can about Data Science/Informatics as applied to scientific and clinical applications. Through your perpetual curiosity, you not only accumulate knowledge, but you are also driven by the pursuit of the solution to a problem. The overall job of the Data Science Consultant is to uphold BioTeam’s mission of empowering science through innovative technology, resulting in significant impacts on science.
 
The ideal candidate will find deep satisfaction in solving complex data science and informatics challenges for biomedical and life science organizations. Our engagements result in innovative and unique solutions, so candidates should have a deep sense of curiosity and the desire to learn about “bleeding-edge” advances in both technology and life science. The ideal candidate for the Data Science Consultant will demonstrate a passion for delivering objective, technology-neutral solutions to life science researchers. Whether you started your career in IT or in science and then became interested in the other, you thrive on the latest breakthroughs. Client problems can be solved in a number of ways, and it is the job of the Data Science Consultant to act as a master puzzle solver and determine, after careful assessment of the clients’ needs, whether to offer a mix of core services or to create a custom solution.

Key Responsibilities

    • Data Science/Informatics Expertise
    • Provide thought leadership to the industry in the form of blog postings, whitepapers, and speaking engagements
    • Help clients understand their data flows and needs, and define their data strategy
    • Test and benchmark tools, pipelines, and systems
    • Translate scientific requirements to help drive and influence IT decisions
    • Build and deploy AI/ML and Informatics workflows and pipelines

    • Service Delivery
    • Act as a Data Science/Informatics subject matter expert to provide day-to-day project coordination, planning and implementation of multiple projects
    • Participate in the drafting of project proposals and manage the lifecycle of internal and client document review until the proposal is approved
    • As a technical project lead, be responsible for keeping projects on time and on budget
    • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
    • Provide internal status reports
    • Troubleshoot variety of issues and collaborate with team members on solutions
    • Ensure successful delivery of solutions that meet client expectations

    • Client Engagement
    • Act as the technical point of contact for clients during the implementation and execution of a project
    • Participate in initial tech review calls and clarify specific requirements of each project
    • Communicate with client on regular basis with weekly calls and status reports

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE:

    • College degree from an accredited university; Masters or PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, or Biochemistry preferred or a combination of education and experience
    • Minimum 5 years of experience as a Data Scientist using technology such as machine learning/AI and generalized Informatics  
    • Must have experience in a life sciences setting with focused experience in data discovery and analytics
    • Hands-on experience with developing and implementing diverse bioinformatics, image analysis, or other AI/ML workflows and pipelines as part of a research team
    • Experience analyzing clinical data and high throughput omics data
    • Proficient with Python and R statistical languages and AI/ML approaches such as Tensor Flow or PyTorch. 
    • Experience implementing Jupyter notebooks as a way to share analyses
    • Use of Containers to deploy workflows into development and production environments
    • Experience implementing ML/AI workflows in the cloud
    • Passion for technology and science with a desire to stay up to date on the state-of-the-art in your field
    • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with both external clients and internal team members
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to clearly communicate technical requirements to non-technical people
    • Proactive and innovative, with ability to think ahead of problems
    • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Able to adapt to change quickly
    • Cognitive thinking skills that can assess and adapt to the various needs of a diverse stakeholder population
    • Excellent, organizational, management, and time management skills, exceptional follow-through, and ability to juggle multiple priorities while keeping projects moving forward
    • Experience and desire to work remotely with approximately 25% overnight travel
    • Highly developed sense of integrity and commitment to operational excellence
    • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States and have or be able to qualify for government and customer security clearance


Benefits
BioTeam offers a highly competitive employee compensation and benefits package, including generous base salary, medical and dental plans, dental and vision plans, life and disability coverage and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions.
 
Work Environment
This job operates in a home office environment, as well as at client locations. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. 
 
Physical Demands 
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to move files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
 
The Company does not seek salary history information from applicants. The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.