Syneos Health

Sr Data Scientist (Machine Learning)

Job description


JOB TITLE: Sr Data Scientist

Syneos Health is the only fully integrated biopharmaceutical solutions organization purpose-built to accelerate customer success. We lead with a product development mindset, seamlessly connecting our capabilities to add high-value insights to speed therapies to patients and provide practical value to help our customers achieve their objectives.

Every day we perform better because of how we work together, as one team, each the best at what we do. We bring many talented experts together across a wide range of business-critical services that support our business. Every role within Corporate is vital to furthering our vision of Shortening the Distance from Lab to Life®.

Discover what our 30,000 employees, across 110 countries already know:


Why Syneos Health

  • #SyneosHealthLife means we’re committed to our Total Self-culture – where everyone can authentically be themselves. Our Total Self-culture is what unites us globally, and we know every person’s unique contributions make a difference.
  • We believe our success is a direct result of the people who are driving it – you! We value your dedication to caring for our customers and patients, so we want to focus on taking care of you. That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits program encompassing your total health - physical, mental, and financial.
  • We are continuously building the company we all want to work for and our customers want to work with. Why? Because when we bring together diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives – we’re able to create a place where everyone feels like they belong.

Job Summary

Within Technology and Intelligent Solutions our strength is the efficiency with which we deliver leading-edge products and support to those we serve. We’re proud to set the standard for success in our industry. The Senior Data Scientist supports our business goals by providing timely delivery of high-quality data science solutions and innovative products.

Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the integration of Syneos Health's machine learning, simulations models, and advanced analytical techniques into clinical trials, with the objective to achieve real-world outcomes including acceleration, risk mitigation, and cost reduction.
  • Design and maintain code, algorithms, documentation, and related assets in a precise and sustainable manner.
  • Collaborate with subject matter and technical experts to strategize analyses, utilize existing algorithms/tools, and derive actionable insights.
  • Ensure that outputs, including data visualization and associated messaging, are of consistent high quality and ready for client presentation.
  • Collect feedback from the application of models, contributing to model refinement and the development of innovative tools/features.
  • Undertake other relevant duties as necessary. Limited travel may be required (up to 25%).


  • Possession of a Master's or Ph.D. degree or equivalent professional experience, with a significant focus on quantitative and computational analysis.
  •  Extensive expertise in areas including machine learning, statistical modeling, simulation, and optimization. Additionally, must have substantial knowledge and expertise in at least one of the following: Deep Neural Networks, Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian methods, Causal Inference, Large Language Models, Optimization.
  •  Comprehensive programming experience, specifically with Python and its machine learning libraries, SQL, and git.
  • Adherence to best practices for crafting maintainable and modular code.
  • Acquaintance with cloud platforms (e.g., AzureML), distributed computing, and big data technologies is a plus.
  • Stellar data visualization capabilities complemented by a knack for data-driven storytelling.
  • Superlative verbal, written, and visual communication skills.
  • Acute problem-solving acumen, combined with critical thinking and a history of devising innovative solutions to intricate challenges.
  • Proven experience in collaborating with cross-functional teams, overseeing multiple projects concurrently, and ensuring timely results.
  • A foundation in life sciences or healthcare is advantageous; a fervent interest in enhancing patient lives is indispensable.

Years of experience required: Six (6) – Eight (8) years of experience

Working hours: Willingness to work Eastern hours

At Syneos Health, we believe in providing an environment and culture in which Our People can thrive, develop and advance. We reward and recognize our people by providing valuable benefits and a quality-of-life balance. The benefits for this position include a company car or car allowance, Health benefits to include Medical, Dental and Vision, Company match 401k, eligibility to participate in Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Eligibility to earn commissions/bonus based on company and individual performance, and flexible paid time off (PTO) and sick time. Because certain states and municipalities have regulated paid sick time requirements, eligibility for paid sick time may vary depending on where you work. Syneos complies with all applicable federal, state, and municipal paid sick time requirements.

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $102,600 to $178,600. The base salary range represents the anticipated low and high of the Syneos Health range for this position. Actual salary will vary based on various factors such as the candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role.

Get to know Syneos Health

Over the past 5 years, we have worked with 94% of all Novel FDA Approved Drugs, 95% of EMA Authorized Products and over 200 Studies across 73,000 Sites and 675,000+ Trial patients.

No matter what your role is, you’ll take the initiative and challenge the status quo with us in a highly competitive and ever-changing environment. Learn more about Syneos Health.

Additional Information

Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Job Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms. Any language contained herein is intended to fully comply with all obligations imposed by the legislation of each country in which it operates, including the implementation of the EU Equality Directive, in relation to the recruitment and employment of its employees. The Company is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the provision of reasonable accommodations, when appropriate, to assist employees or applicants to perform the essential functions of the job.

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