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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Technical Lead Compute Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts


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With approximately 6,000 scientists and physicians around the world, our research is focused on discovering innovative new drugs that will impact the practice of medicine. We have an open and entrepreneurial culture, encouraging collaboration to make therapies!

At NIBR, our mission is to discover medicines that treat disease and human health. To do that, our scientists need ground breaking, state-of-the-art computing systems.

NIBR Informatics (NX), NIBR is making a strategic investment into informatics capabilities and is positioning itself to deliver the systems and services that are essential to the future of drug discovery.

As the Technical Lead Compute Engineer, you will be responsible for the smooth and reliable deployments of software and systems while fostering and aligning innovative approaches for new and existing operating system, virtualization and HPC technologies. You will offer coordination and guidance to the compute engineering teams and will focus on aligning technology road-maps and solutions with the overall strategy.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Understand existing compute systems architecture and solution design, work with the compute engineers to design improvements and changes

• Develop and document proper standards, review code and establish best practices

• Ensure cost effective solutions are implemented that are stable, scalable, secure and supportable

• Ensure new processes are documented, so that knowledge is passed on accurately

• Aim for high degrees of automation and self-service to minimize support and maintenance costs


Position Title:

Technical Lead Compute Engineering

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What you’ll bring to the role (Requirements):

• BS/MS in Computer Science, Informatics or similar, or equivalent practical experience

• Minimum of 10 years infrastructure engineering and systems development experience with a minimum of 3 years in a project management lead role and 3 years minimum with IaaS and PaaS based solutions

• Good interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills. Ability to look at the big picture, architectural thinking level, great listener and open minded for ideas from other people

• Experience with configuration management tools like Chef, Puppet or Ansible. Knowledge of DevOps + Cloud technologies including infrastructure-as-code and immutable infrastructure patterns

• Prior hands on experience in one or more of the following environments: Enterprise Linux, Windows Server, VMWare ESX and / or HPC environments

• Desire to constantly challenge and improve the current status, interested in testing new assumptions and trends

• Strong organizational, problem-solving and influencing skills, proven track record of outstanding collaboration

Desirable requirements:

• Prior experience with AWS and Azure services

Within NX, the Engineering department delivers excellence in software, data, and infrastructure engineering. It is responsible for building powerful, functional, beautiful, and secure scientific and IT software solutions that accelerate scientific research and deliver a fully integrated and friction-less user experience. The Engineering department is also responsible for providing engineering resources that create and maintain these software solutions in line with the priorities and road-maps defined by the product teams and our business partners.

Position will be filled to commensurate according to experience

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Join us and help us re-imagine medicine.

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Full Time



Work Location:

Cambridge, MA

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Information Technology



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EEO Statement:

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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