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Database Engineer Intern

Pangea Bio

Pangea Bio

Berlin, MD, USA · London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Pangea Bio discovers and develops transformative medicines to treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders with large unmet medical need. We deploy AI to discover promising molecules from natural sources, such as plants, with evidence of safety and efficacy in humans based on traditional medicinal use. Nature offers great potential to uncover novel medicines: 84% of central nervous system small-molecule therapeutics are nature-inspired with less than 1% of nature’s small molecules having been mapped and explored.

Our lead R&D program focuses on the TrkB receptor pathway, which drives neuronal survival, synaptic plasticity and reduces pathological protein aggregates.

Our AI engine enables us to study the therapeutic potential of novel bioactive chemistry from the natural world at scale, including information extracted from text using Large Language Model (LLM) approaches. Our technology enables us to select therapeutically relevant species, decode their chemical composition, and predict potential activity in the human body, creating a scalable discovery engine to move from plant to hit compound.

Our team has a successful track record of founding and building neuroscience and technology companies, including: COMPASS Pathways (Nasdaq: CMPS), GW Pharma (sale to Jazz), atai (Nasdaq: ATAI) and Healx.

We currently have a vacancy for a full time Database Engineer Intern position in our AI team from June 2024 – based in Berlin, Germany, with flexibility for hybrid working. You must have the right to work either in Germany or the UK to apply for this role.

The candidate will be working mainly on a EU grant supported project which is managed in partnership with four other institutes across Europe. One of the primary objectives of this project (in relevance to this position) is to consolidate ethnopharmacological data from heterogeneous sources into a database which will support ethnopharmacological researchers to query/update/analyze information with a user-friendly interface.

This position hence provides the opportunity to work in a scientifically and technically stimulating environment, to learn new skills embedded in an international collaboration network, and to work and publish leading research together with both academics and industry.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborate closely with the AI team to understand project objectives and execute the requirements
  • Establish ETL pipeline for organizing biomedical data into graph databases
  • Setup and maintain a central database and implement UI tools for query/update functionalities
  • Integrate established natural language processing (NLP) pipeline into ETL pipeline
  • Write production quality code, maintain proper documentation and effectively communicate the work progress and results
  • Interact with project partners on a regular basis and manage the overall project
  • Disseminate scientific and technical results in written and oral form (e.g. in presentations)

Required experience, skills:

  • Proficiency in scripting languages like Python, Shell scripting, etc., for automation of database tasks and administration.
  • Proficiency in graph databases such as Neo4j or Virtuoso as well as relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • Strong understanding of SQL/Cypher/SPARQL for database querying, manipulation, and optimization.
  • Familiarity with ETL processes and tools for data migration and integration in a cloud environment
  • Ability to monitor database performance, identify and resolve issues, and implement preventive measures
  • Hands-on and entrepreneurial mindset with relevant project management experience
  • [Preferred] Experience in graph/relational data modeling
  • [Preferred] Know-how about NLP pipelines for transforming unstructured data to structured data
  • [Preferred] Experience in handling life science/drug discovery data and biomedical ontologies
  • Has effective communication skills in English to collaborate with cross-functional teams

This is an opportunity to join a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, where you will have a significant influence on company strategy and performance. The compensation package will include base salary and benefits.

How to apply:

If interested, please apply via our Bamboo HR system. You must have the right to work either in Germany or the UK to apply for this role.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Please note: We are not accepting submissions from Recruitment Agencies for this position – any candidates submitted will not be accepted by or on behalf of Pangea Bio.