Postdoctoral Fellow in cognitive neuroscience of Alzheimer digital biomarkers (2 years) - Roche

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Closing Date
28 Aug 2019
Switzerland, Basel-City, Basel
2 years

At Roche, we believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives and we are fearless in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world.

The pRED (pharma Research and Early Development) Biomarkers and Translational Technology and Informatics groups at the Roche Innovation Center Basel aim to strengthen their digital biomarker team with this two-year post-doctoral position. The field of ‘Digital Biomarkers’ is a young and rapidly expanding research area centered on the remote and frequent collection of symptomatic data from patients using smartphone or wearable sensors. These provide high-dimensional, longitudinal datasets of sensor-derived features.

The Position

This post-doctoral position will focus of the rapidly evolving field of cognitive digital biomarkers for early Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In close collaboration with international experts, internal pRED and late-stage scientists and colleagues, your main accountabilities will include:

  • Assess the robustness of the cognitive neuroscience motivating available cognitive digital biomarker solutions for early AD
  • Develop novel cognitive digital biomarker solutions to fill any gaps you identify,
  • Design clinical studies to compare the relative strengths of available digital biomarker solutions and
  • Publish these findings in high-impact journals and present them at internal and external meetings.

These results will support and inform future digital biomarker development for AD in Roche and potentially beyond. A key advantage of this position is the opportunity to learn about the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and novel technologies within clinical drug development by working with many different departments across multiple stages of drug development.

Who You Are

We are keen to discover talents who are passionate about learning and show great curiosity in discovering new things. At the Roche Headquarter site in Basel/Kaiseraugst, employees from over 90 countries are doing now what our patients need next. We contribute our share towards achieving our mission and to make our vision of personalized healthcare happen. We offer you a multicultural workplace in a modern environment, which at the same time requires you to be open-minded and adaptable. You provide us with examples that prove your ability to cultivate collaborations with different partners. This also means that you continuously contrast your results with others and acknowledge the benefit of collaboration and communications. As a post doc you will be a member of the Roche Interns Network that offers you chances to connect, have fun and get to know Basel, in the heart of Europe.

You hold a recent PhD (i.e. obtained within the last 4 years) in clinical neuroscience or cognitive neuroscience coupled with excellent communication and scientific writing skills.

If you possess these and the following qualifications, we are looking forward to your application including CV, list of publications and references:

  • A background in neurodegenerative diseases and their assessment using standard clinical neuropsychological and/or digital tests
  • Enjoy working in interdisciplinary environments, collaborating with engineers, data analysis experts, neuroscientists, and business partners
  • A fluent English speaker
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent scientific writing skills
  • Solid data analytic skills
  • Previous direct work with AD patients is a plus

If you are proud of contributing and feel you have the dedication to teamwork and innovation that we are seeking, then Roche is the organization for you. Every role at Roche plays a part in making a difference to patients’ lives. If you want work in a passionate team, make your mark & improve lives, apply now.

Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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Contact Details

Mr. Michel Frei