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NOT ACTIVE – Principal Scientist (Innovation) – €100,000 – €110,000 + 15% bonus

‘Innovation’ is a word you see so often in science and business. But how much scope is there for you to truly innovate in your current job? To break new ground. To inject ideas. To inspire change.

In this newly created role with a well-respected global pharmaceutical business, you’ll be in the right place at the right time to contribute to imaginative, informed and impactful digital solutions – you can genuinely be a catalyst for change. Here’s why:

  1. The team you’ll join is a focal point for the business. The company are investing heavily to bring about a digital transformation of their Innovation Unit (spanning research, pre-clinical development, translational medicine and clinical pharmacology). The aim is to create a well-resourced and highly digitally connected environment. It’s your chance to get into an area that’s ripe with possibility, right from the start.
  2. You’ll be working at the intersection of science, data, and technology on a portfolio of initiatives spanning the entire R&D spectrum. You could be looking at early research, development phases, or helping to accelerate preclinical development. It’s a wide-ranging role – there’s genuine scale and scope.
  3. You’ll ultimately be enabling researchers and scientists to discover new therapies for patients in both human and animal health – anything from digital apps to manage animal health, AI to improve mental health conditions, or breakthrough medicines to treat cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and viral diseases. This is work that makes a difference to the world.
  4. You’ll be doing it all with a business that’s privately owned. This means that decisions are taken for the right reasons, scientifically, ethically and commercially. The company is focused on delivering sustainable healthcare and taking on big challenges in medicine – not trying to keep shareholders happy in the short term. That means that you’ll have the freedom to focus on longer-term goals and to see ideas come to fruition over time.


What’s the role

This is a newly created role in the company’s Digital Sciences unit. There are currently six people in the team – a mix of scientists, researchers, portfolio managers and product owners – with plans to expand that number to ten. Together, the team’s aim is to catalyse the portfolio of products across the value chain, from target identification to early clinical trials.

As Innovation Scientist, you’ll call on a strong scientific background coupled with an innovative problem-solving mindset to identify and nurture ideas that have the most potential to make an impact.

You’ll be involved at the very start of the design thinking process, liaising with R&D colleagues to understand the range of problems that need solving, then identifying and nurturing ideas that are ripe for digital solutions and that connect with the company’s strategic focus areas. You’ll challenge and sharpen ideas alongside your team before pitching the best ones to the company’s decision-makers.

What you can add

BI are ambitious about reinventing R&D. This is an ideal move if you want to use your ideation and communication skills in a consultative, fast-changing environment to inspire new ways of working.

You’ll be working closely with highly qualified scientists and senior decision makers to keep ideas progressing towards a goal. To win their respect, you’ll EITHER need a PhD in natural science, computer science or a related field OR a Master’s combined with strong experience in a similar industry.

Beyond that, we’re looking for as many as possible of the following on your CV:

  • A digital, entrepreneurial mindset; a self-starter mentality.
  • Success shaping impactful digital solutions – you’ve shown you can apply a creative approach that’s both design-led and user-centric.
  • A proven record in ideation practices and in preparing, leading and synthesizing design thinking activities, both in person and via virtual workshops.
  • Extensive experience in building pitch decks for digital solutions that get implemented as MVPs – it’s a key part of your role to sharpen problem statements and value propositions and to create convincing prototypes elevator pitches and presentations.
  • Proven communication and networking skills, in English, and ideally, the experience of working in a similarly diverse, multicultural setting.


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