Senior Director, Drug Discovery Data Engineering and Solutions

Auris Health

Auris Health

Sales & Business Development, Data Science
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023
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Janssen Research & Development (“JRD”), a Johnson & Johnson company, is recruiting for a Sr. Director, Drug Discovery Data Engineering and Solutions

The primary location for this position is flexible – either; Titusville, Spring House, PA; San Diego, CA ; South San Francisco, CA 

Janssen develops treatments that improve the health of people worldwide. Research and Development areas encompass oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, immunology, pulmonary hypertension, neuroscience, and infectious disease. Our goal is to help people live longer, healthier lives. We have produced and marketed many first-in-class prescription medications and are poised to serve the broad needs of the healthcare market – from patients to practitioners and from clinics to hospitals. To learn more about Janssen, one of the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, visit


Data Science Solutions, Privacy & Ethics team is part of JRD Data Science and Digital Health department. This team focuses on building innovated data products and solutions for the entire drug discovery and development value chain: from target ID/Validation, molecule design, product development, clinical trial design, digital end points, clinical trial operations, and using real world data to advance portfolio.

Job Responsibilities

Provide thought-leadership, management, and execution in the delivery of strategic and complex initiatives aimed at driving drug discovery, manufacturing, molecular data value realization in partnership with JRD Data Science Leadership

  • Partner closely with JRD Data Science Portfolio Management team, Data Science AI/ML team and other key stakeholders across Janssen R&D, engineering fit-for-purpose data products and data science solutions for drug discovery to enable multifaceted use cases leveraging various data: from target identification/validation, lead identification, lead optimization, pre-clinical safety, efficacy, as well as pharmacokinetic properties.
  • Responsible for developing and executing data science data product roadmap for discovery that will drive data accessibility, adoption, utilization and development by JRD data science team
  • Responsible for designing and executing JRD data science solutions for discovery that will drive target ID/Validation, drug design as well as knowledge synthesis
  • Lead the team to establish and evolve coordinated and standardized data engineering processes, helping derive deep insights and timely informed decisions, in support of Janssen’s therapeutic portfolio aligned to our vision
  • Lead the team to develop and support scalable solutions in supporting drug design, product development using cutting-edge technologies


  • Ph.D or Master degree is desired in bioengineering, computer science, information technology public health, epidemiology, bioinformatics or related fields
  • Strong business acumen in pharmaceutical and /or Data Science, drug discovery and data product development/data science solution space in a company ranging from start-ups to consulting firms with established Data Science practices or large Fortune 500 companies.
  • Experience leading change initiatives in a sizable organization(s)
  • Ability to translate data into information and strategies into executable action plans
  • Strong working experience in end-to-end data engineering process of drug discovery data
  • Track of records working with high throughput screening data, omics, chemical and biological data for building data science solutions at scale
  • Working experience with cutting-edge machine learning/deep learning model frameworks and deployment into business applications, e.g. LLMs, AlphaFold
  • Working experience with ELN and In-vivo systems such as Signal, Pristima's Savante is preferred
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and written skills.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and drive to create a positive working relationship with the business and the team
  • Experience in managing and leading a team, showing understanding of different cultures to achieve global business objectives
  • Ability to multi-task, incorporating good organizational skills and flexibility, to prioritize work and deliver the maximum business value
  • Ability to build strong networks across the business to develop sponsorship at all levels of the business
  • Travel – Less than 25% to conferences and key internal meetings

Expected Salary Range: $187,000 - $280,000

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.