Principal Scientist - Clinical Bioinformatics and Data Science (m/w/d)

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Biberach an der Riß, Germany
  • 08/06/2022
Full time Data Science Big Data Statistics Biostatistics

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Principal Scientist - Clinical Bioinformatics and Data Science (m/w/d)-227582


At Boehringer Ingelheim we develop breakthrough therapies and innovative healthcare solutions in areas of unmet medical need for both humans and animals. As a family owned company, we focus on long-term performance. We believe that, if we have talented and ambitious people who are passionate about innovation, there is no limit to what we can achieve; after all, we started with just 28 people. Now, we are powered by 50,000 employees globally who nurture a diverse, collaborative and inclusive culture.


Are you passionate about applying and even further expanding your knowledge, strategic thinking and practical experience in the field of bioinformatics and data science?

Then seize the opportunity to join our team of highly motivated data scientists in our newly established, global TMCP Data Science function and apply as a Principal Scientist Clinical Bioinformatics.

You will also have the exciting prospect of acting as a Data Science Lead (DSL) in clinical development project teams to fulfill our vision of turning data into knowledge. As DSL, you’ll have the chance to shape and contribute to projects already prior to first-in-man clinical trials.

We are offering an exciting opportunity in our global Translational Medicine & Clinical Pharmacology (TMCP) department located in Biberach an der Riss (, our biggest R&D site, or at our headquarters in Ingelheim.

If you would like to learn more on the vision and mission of our TMCP Data Science department, please see below in TMCP Data Science Section.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • As a Principal Scientist in Clinical Bioinformatics, you will be responsible for the bioinformatics strategy and identify opportunities where respective data science approaches can further advance the understanding of pharmacological activity, efficacy and safety.
  • As a Data Science Lead (DSL) you will work in close alignment with other development team members and data science subject matter experts and are responsible for:
    • advising clinical development teams on opportunities and limitations of Data Science approaches (e.g. from bioinformatics, systems pharmacology, pharmacometrics or descriptive analytics).
    • developing and aligning the TMCP data and data analysis strategy as part of the clinical development programmes and ensuring their respective implementation and execution.
    • complex clinical development projects up to submission representing clinical bioinformatics at important regulatory meetings such as advisory boards.
  • You will continuously evaluate or develop, implement, and promote innovative clinical bioinformatics/data science/machine learning methodologies, approaches and tools to be applied in our clinical development programmes.
  • Moreover, you will be responsible for the advanced and integrative analysis, visualization and interpretation of complex large-scale data sets like (multi-)omics, imaging, EEG, or speech data.
  • You will ensure the timely delivery of respective data analysis documents (e.g., dataset specification, analysis plans, and reports) and documents where you are co-author (e.g., clinical development plans).
  • With your expertise as a bioinformatician and data scientist, you will provide consultancy and expert advice to other scientists and stakeholders within our group, department and beyond.
  • You will coordinate and/or contribute to internal and external initiatives / working groups (e.g., public partnership programs including IMI calls as well as academic research collaborations), you will organize and contribute to cooperation with external organizations and establish/maintain contacts in the field of clinical bioinformatics and data sciences.


We expect a strong team player, who is able to successfully act in a global and remote context. Good interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact internally as well as externally and the ability to pro-actively identify issues and provide solutions are a pre-requisite.
  • Ph.D. or master’s degree in bioinformatics, data science with a focus on life sciences, molecular biology, or related field with some years of experience in Clinical Bioinformatics/Data Science in the pharmaceutical industry, CROs, or regulatory agencies
  • Some years of working experience in clinical development teams
  • Broad expertise in the advanced analysis of omics and other complex data and their interpretation, e.g. using R or python on a high performance cluster or cloud computing environment
  • Solid knowledge in applying clinical bioinformatics/data science approaches to drug development

TMCP Data Science

Within TMCP Data Science we are focusing on improving disease, biomarker and drug understanding through modern data science approaches, including bioinformatics, systems pharmacology, pharmacometrics, data enablement and data engineering.

To implement our vision of turning data into knowledge, we utilize our scientific expertise in key data science approaches and act as Data Science Leads in development project teams. In this role you will be a main contact for data science related questions supported by the whole TMCP Data Science group. You will join the clinical development team approximately two years before first-in-man clinical trials and support projects until successful regulatory approval and beyond.

We inspire and empower our data scientists at TMCP to shape the future of Data Sciences at BI and value a culture of sharing knowledge, pro-active contributions, and feedback combined with a positive “how to” attitude also in challenging situations. Within TMCP Data Sciences you will have the opportunity to actively contribute or lead internal and external working groups/initiatives focusing on e.g. disease strategies, innovative methods, standardization and processes. Thus, you will have a major impact on our future clinical drug development programs, thereby actively contributing to the availability of breakthrough therapies that will increase human health.

Seize the opportunity and apply as Principal Scientist in Clinical Bioinformatics at Boehringer Ingelheim.


We will continue to hire talented people and we look forward to receiving your applications. As a result of COVID-19, we have introduced alternative working arrangements to ensure that our employees can stay safe and healthy, because the health of our employees is among our top priorities. At all company locations, we work remotely whenever possible. Additionally, we are now hosting virtual video interviews for applicants. During the limited in-person interviews we still have during this time, we pay special attention to distance and the hygiene rules recommended by the Robert Koch Institute. New employees who do not start on site in production or the laboratories are sent the necessary IT equipment, our Welcome Days take place online, and we plan to conduct their onboarding training virtually whenever possible.


This is where you can grow, collaborate, innovate and improve lives.

We offer challenging work in a respectful and friendly global working environment surrounded by a world of innovation driven mindsets and practices. In addition, learning and development for all employees is key, because your growth is our growth. We also offer a competitive salary, generous amount of vacation time, and numerous benefits towards your wellness & financial health and work-life balance. Plus, an onsite gym (Ingelheim), in-house doctor and best-in-class cafeterias and coffee bars to keep you energized and healthy. To learn more about what benefits could be waiting for you, please visit our Career area.
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Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment, which benefits our employees, patients and communities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.


Please contact our Recruiting EMEA Team, Tel: +49 (0) 6132 77-173173

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Activity - Research & Development
Primary location - Europe-DE-Baden-Württemberg-Biberach
Other locations - Europe-DE-Rhinland-Palatinate-Ingelheim
Organisation - DE-Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH&Co.KG (Germany)
Type of employment - full-time