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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Intern, QP-Mathematical Modeling in Boston, Massachusetts

Some opportunities happen only once in a lifetime - like a job where you have the chance to change lives. At Alexion, people living with rare and devastating diseases are our Guiding Star. We are driven to continuously innovate and create meaningful value in all we do to help patients and families fully live their best lives. We value the uniqueness and diversity of our employees and recognize that nurturing the diverse perspectives and strengths of our people translates into innovative breakthroughs for patients.

This is what you will do:

The Quantitative Pharmacology (QP) – Mathematical Modeling summer intern will help further Alexion/QP department’s Quantiative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) initiative to support development efforts for Alexion’s innovative drug pipeline. In the process, the intern will gain valuable experience in the development and application of Modeling & Simulation (M&S) tools relevant to model-informed drug development for patients with rare diseases.

Specifically, we are seeking individuals with some of the traits listed below:

  • Experience with one or more of the following topics: ordinary differential equations, numerical optimization, probability & statistics.

  • Experience (or keen interest in) learning about complement pathway biology.

  • Experience in building and validating M&S work-flows that simulate response of complex systems (as relevant to the candidate’s domain), using a both bottom-up first principles-based as well as top-down data-informed perspectives.

  • Good communication, collaboration, and people skills.

  • Past experience with multidisciplinary research and with solution-oriented learning by doing in areas that were new (to the candidate) under minimal supervision.

    You will be responsible for:

    M&S activities related to complement pathway dynamics with rare disease drug development focus

    • Review of relevant literature on complement pathway biology and its role in rare disease.
  • Encode and validate relevant analysis subroutines to support an existing QSP M&S work flow.

  • Apply a QSP M&S work-flow to simulate disease state and response to pharmacological perturbations, and compare with available knowledge.

  • Document literature review, code, and analyses findings.

  • Work closely with and receive guidance from relevant team members of the Alexion-AZ RDU QP team on the above duties

    You will need to have:

  • Must be Masters/PhD-level student working towards a degree in the Sciences or in Engineering and with computational research focus in the areas of: Systems Biology, Biological Engineering, Biological and Biomedical sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Chemical/Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics/Mathematics/Statistics/Econometrics, or related fields.

  • Must possess the required work authorization for the country location of the assignment.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older at start of internship.

  • Must currently have a 3.0 GPA or equivalent.

  • The duties of this role are generally conducted in an office environment. As is typical of an office-based role, employees must be able, with or without an accommodation to: use a computer; engage in communications via phone, video, and electronic messaging; engage in problem solving and non-linear thought, analysis, and dialogue; collaborate with others; maintain general availability during standard business hours. Occasional remote work, if necessary, is OK.

  • Experience with coding and simulating ordinary differential equation (ODE)-based models in Matlab

  • Experience with numerical optimization using local and/or global optimization tools

  • Basic/operational knowledge of dynamical systems analysis and related tools: Stability, Jacobian and Hessian matrix calculation and properties, Stiff ODEs, steady-state analysis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

  • Basic/operational knowledge of random variables/vectors, and (multivariate) probability distributions and related sampling tools.

    We would prefer for you to have:

    Past experience in one or more of the items below:

  • One or more among the following: R/Julia/Python/SAS

  • Sensitivity analysis, identifiability analysis with regard to ODE-based models

  • Operational knowledge of one or more statistical estimation techniques,

  • Uncertainty Quantification theory and tools: uncertainty characterization and uncertainty propagation in Forward and Inverse models, preferably ODE-based.

  • Parallel computing knowledge using high performance computing clusters

  • Author contributions to research manuscript(s).

    Basic/operational knowledge of one or more of the items below (desirable, but not a pre-requisite):

  • Complement Pathway of the immune system

  • Rate laws and Michelis-Menten kinetics of biochemical reactions

  • Physiological based pharmacokinetic M&S

  • Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamics M&S



    Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on serving patients and families affected by rare diseases and devastating conditions through the discovery, development and commercialization of life-changing medicines. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and serves patients in more than 50 countries. Further information about Alexion can be found at: www.alexion.com .

    Alexion is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to fostering a culture of belonging where every single person can belong because of their uniqueness. The Company will not make decisions about employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment based on race, color, religion, creed or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), parental status (including adoption or surrogacy), military status, protected veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, mental illness or other characteristics protected by law. Alexion has taken critical steps to protect colleagues, loved ones, and patients from COVID-19 and its variants. All US-based employees must comply with Alexion's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Alexion provides exceptions based on applicable state law as well as reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of candidates and employees. To begin an interactive dialogue with Alexion regarding a legally required exemption or accommodation, please contact accommodations@Alexion.com. Alexion participates in E-Verify.

    As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion offers a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

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