Celgene Intern, Information Knowledge Utilization (iKU) EMEA in Boudry, Switzerland


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

Purpose of the Position:

Changes in the healthcare ecosystem mandate that Celgene transform its approach to harnessing data and using data-derived insights for decision-making, which is the mission of the Celgene iKU (Information, Knowledge, Utilization) function. This temporary position will assist the permanent staff of EMEA Information Knowledge Utilization (IKU) in changing the way Celgene thinks, acts, and leads with data. The intern will investigate cutting-edge technologies (see research project below), and carry out pilot projects to help iKU understand how they could be used.

Research Project

The intern will develop deployable algorithms based on deep neural networks to work with real-world data such as claims and EHR data (for a survey of recent work in the field, see https://arxiv.org/pdf/1706.03446.pdf). The identification of subtypes of disease using auto-encoders for unsupervised clustering will be the first use case, potentially applicable to several disease areas of interest to Celgene. Similar work has been done using genomic and other biological data; this work will see to what extent routinely gathered claims and health record data can find useful patient subtypes as well. If successful, this could allow suggesting the most appropriate treatment for patients with different profiles, a step towards precision medicine.

Essential Functions:

  • Perform the research outlined in “purpose of the position” above

  • Act as a member of the iKU Data Science Team: contribute to data science projects addressing business needs as they come up. Participate in meetings with business leaders, understand their challenges, and design and execute analyses to help address those challenges

  • Learn about the pharmaceutical industry

Education & Experience:

  • Working towards a master’s or PhD degree in data science, statistics, or a related discipline

  • Good programming skills in R or python

  • Experience with neural networks & deep learning

  • Good communication skills; interprets data analysis results in clinical or business context, and articulates the implications of the results to colleagues not in data science

  • Works in a fast-paced multidisciplinary, dynamic environment, and as necessary creates examples, prototypes, demonstrations to help the business better understand innovative solutions


At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.

Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE