Meet Ceri, Principal Real World Data Scientist at Roche
Tell us a bit about yourself
I come from Scotland originally and spent my childhood on the west coast, developing a passion for lakes, mountains and all things deep fried. I have a joint honours bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology and Immunology, and a PhD in Epidemiology. Before joining Roche I worked in similar roles at other pharmaceutical companies and in the public sector in the UK. I moved to Basel with my husband and three young children, and we are enjoying all that Switzerland offers - including skiing, walking, cycling, swimming, and of course chocolate.
In which Roche location are you currently working and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?
I am based in Basel, Switzerland. For me, it’s an ideal location – a small historic city, but with many festivals and events, and fabulous surroundings with the Black Forest, the Alsace, the Jura and the Alps all within easy reach. While many of my colleagues live in the city, with a short commute I am able to live in the hills on the edge of forest and with a view over Basel, all the way to Roche HQ!
Why did you decide to join Roche and why this location?
I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for around 15 years before moving to Roche. Having contacts in most companies, I heard really good things about Roche as an employer, and Basel as a place to live. Additionally, I have a specialism in oncology, and working with the world’s leading provider in this area gives me a different perspective and many opportunities to make a difference. So, the company reputation, together with the Swiss mountains, convinced me and my family to make the move.
What is your current position at Roche?
I am a Principal Real World Data Scientist within the Product Development Biometrics function, supporting Oncology. I am also the Basel Site Head for Real World Data Science, representing my function at the site level. Our function is fairly new, and growing and evolving very quickly. We utilise observational data to provide strategic insights into disease epidemiology and natural history as well as real world treatment effectiveness and safety. I love the fact that my tasks are quite varied and that I work with teams from across the company. Every day I learn something new.
How would you describe Roche as an employer?
Roche is a company which values staff and provides good opportunities for people to keep learning and developing. For example, rotations to other departments, international or stretch assignments are common and encouraged. There is a flexible working model, which is invaluable with a young family. In this environment, I believe staff can thrive and achieve job satisfaction and work-life balance.
How would you describe the people working here?
Roche attracts and recruits the best people, and to me this is very visible in the teams I work with. People here are motivated to improve patients’ lives, and work together to really drive projects forward in the best way. My immediate colleagues have quite mixed backgrounds but a common passion for real world data in the context of epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and health outcomes.
What can you tell us about the current job openings in your department?
Currently we have a few positions open for Real World Data Scientists to join the Oncology team. As a RWD Scientist at Roche you will have strategic input to how observational studies can add value, and you will work cross-functionally to design and execute these studies, typically focusing on one or more specific disease areas. Therefore, you should have a good understanding of how RWD contributes to the pharmaceutical development process, ideally have experience in this, be able to think innovatively, and be able to clearly explain complex ideas and data to cross-functional teams.
You can find further details in the job descriptions here.
What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?
Further details about working in PD at Roche can be found on the Roche careers website: careers.roche.ch/development