Senior Research Applications Developer

Reference Number: 895792-W
Type of placement: Permanent
Location: Switzerland, North West


The Senior Research Applications Developer is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining software applications based on user, process and functional requirements in the research and drug discovery area, with a clear understanding of the drug discovery processes and pharmaceutical regulations.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Assessment of user needs through close cooperation with business functions to provide support and proactive service, including analysis of opportunities in accordance with the IT strategy and architecture
  • Provision of algorithms, data models, functions and/or objects
  • Ongoing troubleshooting, user support, and maintenance of the Systems to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Provision or selection of applicable methods, technologies, standards, guidelines and tools for the software development and maintenance
  • Provision of good and well structure documentation and methodology to ensure compliance with IT policies, standards, and good development practices
  • Strong understanding of research requirements and technology to support business objectives.
  • Configuration or development of new system functionalities based on well-defined user requirements
  • Combination of internal and external data/information sources to provide sound models to facilitate research decisions
  • Negotiation with vendors / service providers for optimal costs and service delivery
  • Able to manage application development projects

Qualifications and Experience:

  • University degree in chemistry or biology, and computer science or management information systems, or related field. Master’s degree is an advantage.
  • 8 years of professional experience, with preferably 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience in software development in chemistry or biology information systems
  • Agile software development
  • Strong knowledge of multi-tiers applications, object-oriented programming, and programming language, especially full-stack Java technologies, C++, Scala
  • Strong knowledge of databases
  • Very good experience with Application servers such as JBoss, Apache-Tomcat
  • Strong knowledge about web technologies, Ajax, Json, HMTL5, CSS, Javascript
  • Very good experience with standards as XML, SOAP, REST
  • Strong  communication  skills,  able  to  understand  biology  or  chemistry  researchers  and  present solutions to them, and ability to quickly translate business needs into technical specifications
  • Good analytical skills and able to think of algorithms
  • Good understanding of data integration, systems interfaces
  • Ability to manage resources in the design and implementation of systems and data interfaces
  • Ability to develop and deliver high quality support for operational or analytical applications
  • Independent,   and   hands-on   working   style,   team   player,   highly   self-motivated,   autonomous, proactive and change oriented
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken), French and/or German is a plus
  • Relevant working/residency permit or Swiss/EU-Citizenship required

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