At Biogen, our mission is clear – we are pioneers in neuroscience. Biogen discovers, develops, and delivers worldwide innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Together, our employees create, commercialize, and manufacture transformative therapies for our patient population.
We at Biogen are committed to building on our culture of inclusion and belonging that reflects the communities where we operate and the patients who we serve. We are focused on strengthening our foundation to advance our overall Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) strategy and, most importantly, ensure all our employees feel included.
As an intern or co-op at Biogen, you can expect to be placed on a real project, under the guidance of experience professionals and subject matter experts who are invested in your career and academic growth. We also ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to build your network, learn more about our organization through weekly lunch and learns led by leaders from across the company, and join us for several fun events.
This position is a 6-month Co-op lasting from January – June 2022.
Scientific and Clinical Data management and analysis is becoming ever more complex in the era of “Big Data”, “Machine Learning” and “Artificial Intelligence”. Modern approaches in Data Science, Informatics and Natural Language Processing are making an impact on how we approach Data. DANTE stands for “Data, ANalytics and TEchnology”, and the DANTE team at Biogen initiates programs aimed toward evolving an R&D Data ecosystem that facilitates inquiry & maximizes the return on R&D data. We aim to create a connected ‘Data Fabric’ supporting interconnected richly annotated Data via a strategy that leverages FAIR data principles, unified Semantics, and unfettered access. DANTE is focused on Data Management principles and Semantics management where we implement projects that emphasize the use of Ontologies to promote FAIR data. We focus on Ontology structure, curation and engineering, technical deployment and integration of Ontologies, and the downstream impact and usability of unified vocabularies in Data capture and analysis systems.
Ontologies allow for consistent development and usage of shared vocabularies. When used to support Data management, Ontologies provide an accessible and efficient way to promote FAIR data principles and ultimately promote ‘machine learnable’ and analytics-ready data. What to include and how to resolve terms and definitions in a way that supports understanding across an organization is the first place to begin when representing a lexicon as an Ontology. Often two scientists performing similar experiments may label things differently, and an enterprise ‘preferred term’ could be proposed to increase understanding and usability of our data.
You will participate in harvesting typical vocabulary and stylistic representations from different scientific workflows by interviewing and collaborating with scientists and experts. You will learn to use specialized software tools to resolve and propose terms, synonyms, and definitions.
You have a background in and familiarity with Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or linguistics, and an interest in Drug Discovery and Pharma Sciences. You may have some exposure to or experience with Genomics and/or Clinical information. First and foremost, you are interested in how language can bring data together and enthusiastic to learn something about using Ontologies in Science and Health data.
To participate in the Biogen Internship Program, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
- At least 18 years of age prior to the scheduled start date
- Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
Bachelor or Master level student majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science preferred