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Data Scientist

Company: Norstella
Location: United States
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About Norstella

At Norstella, our mission is simple: to help our clients bring life-saving therapies to market quicker—and help patients in need. 
Founded in 2022, but with history going back to 1939, Norstella unites best-in-class brands to help clients navigate the complexities at each step of the drug development life cycle —and get the right treatments to the right patients at the right time. 
Each organization (Citeline, Evaluate, MMIT, Panalgo, The Dedham Group) delivers must-have answers for critical strategic and commercial decision-making. Together, via our market-leading brands, we help our clients: 
  • Citeline – accelerate the drug development cycle 
  • Evaluate – bring the right drugs to market 
  • MMIT – identify barrier to patient access 
  • Panalgo – turn data into insight faster 
  • The Dedham Group – think strategically for specialty therapeutics 
By combining the efforts of each organization under Norstella, we can offer an even wider breadth of expertise, cutting-edge data solutions and expert advisory services alongside advanced technologies such as real-world data, machine learning and predictive analytics. As one of the largest global pharma intelligence solution providers, Norstella has a footprint across the globe with teams of experts delivering world class solutions in the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Japan, China and India. 

Job description

Our dedicated Data Science team is at the forefront of revolutionizing pharma intelligence and how patients gain access to life-saving therapies. Armed with cutting-edge technology and a passion for innovation, we leverage the vast landscape of data to extract actionable insights that drive informed decision making. 
Our unique collaborative approach fosters a dynamic synergy between data science and product development.  Our deep expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced statistical modelling, and big data, combined with our domain knowledge, enables us to deliver comprehensive solutions that empower our clients to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry. 

Key duties and responsibilities 

In this role as a Data Scientist, you will:  

  • Collaborate with product partners and other scientists to identity new opportunities to apply AI / ML to our content and products
  • Conduct research and identify AI / ML algorithms and methods to solve specific business problems, and deliver these algorithms as microservices in collaboration with content and product engineering teams
  • Contributes towards the common data science platform
  • Stay up-to-date, constantly learning about advances in the field, and deliver periodic presentations to internal teams on these developments 

Key requirements

  • 3+ years of experience developing AI / ML applications and data driven solutions
  • Graduate degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics or a related quantitative discipline, or equivalent work experience 
  • Substantial depth and breadth in NLP, Deep Learning, Generative AI and other state of the art AI / ML techniques 
  • Deep understanding of CS fundamentals, computational complexity and algorithm design
  • Experience with building large-scale distributed systems in an agile environment and the ability to build quick prototypes
  • Excellent knowledge of high-level programming languages (Python, Java, or C++) and core data science libraries including Pandas, NumPy and other similar libraries
  • Ability to independently conduct research and independently develop appropriate algorithmic solutions to complex business problems 
  • Experience mentoring junior team members
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills  

Nice to have 

  • M.S. in Computer Science with an AI / ML research focus and publications in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare domain and experience with applying AI to healthcare data
  • Experience with AWS especially in relation to ML workflows with SageMaker, serverless compute and storage such as S3 and Snowflake
  • Experience with LLMs, prompt engineering, retrieval augmented generation, model fine tuning and knowledge graphs

Our guiding principles for success at Norstella

01:  Bold, Passionate, Mission-First   
We have a lofty mission to Smooth Access to Life Saving Therapies and we will get there by being bold and passionate about the mission and our clients.  Our clients and the mission in what we are trying to accomplish must be in the forefront of our minds in everything we do.    
02:  Integrity, Truth, Reality
We make promises that we can keep, and goals that push us to new heights.  Our integrity offers us the opportunity to learn and improve by being honest about what works and what doesn’t.  By being true to the data and producing realistic metrics, we are able to create plans and resources to achieve our goals.    
03:  Kindness, Empathy, Grace  

We will empathize with everyone's situation, provide positive and constructive feedback with kindness, and accept opportunities for improvement with grace and gratitude.  We use this principle across the organization to collaborate and build lines of open communication.    
04:  Resilience, Mettle, Perseverance  

We will persevere – even in difficult and challenging situations.  Our ability to recover from missteps and failures in a positive way will help us to be successful in our mission.  
05:  Humility, Gratitude, Learning  

We will be true learners by showing humility and gratitude in our work.  We recognize that the smartest person in the room is the one who is always listening, learning, and willing to shift their thinking.   


  • Medical and prescription drug benefits
  • Health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts
  • Dental plans and vision benefits
  • Basic life and AD&D Benefits
  • 401k retirement plan
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • Education benefits
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off 
The expected base salary for this position ranges from $120,000 to $160,000. It is not typical for offers to be made at or near the top of the range. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. In addition to base salary and a competitive benefits package, successful candidates are eligible to receive a discretionary bonus. 
Norstella is an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age. Our ethos is to respect and value people’s differences, to help everyone achieve more at work as well as in their personal lives so that they feel proud of the part they play in our success. We believe that all decisions about people at work should be based on the individual’s abilities, skills, performance and behaviour and our business requirements. Norstella operates a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination, abuse or harassment.   
We know that sometimes the 'perfect candidate' doesn't exist, and that sometimes the best opportunities are hidden by self-doubt. We disqualify ourselves before we have the opportunity to be considered. Regardless of where you came from, how you identify, or the path that led you here, you are welcome. If you read this job description and feel engaged and excited, we’d love to see you apply.