Data Science Internship opportunity at Roche in Midrand

Job Summary

Roche is recruiting for the vacancy: Intern – Data Science.

Closing date: 29 February 2024

Location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa 

Careers at Roche

At Roche, more than 100,000 people across 100 countries are pushing back the frontiers of healthcare. Working together, we’ve become one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups. Our success is built on innovation, curiosity and diversity.

Roche has played a pioneering role in healthcare as an innovator of products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The company has operated in South Africa since 1947.

The local office of Roche Diagnostics is based in Midrand, Johannesburg and it has offices throughout Southern Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa. We employ over 180 employees in our Diagnostics division.

Roche is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Responsibilities

As an Intern in the Data Scientist team you will:

  • Be accountable for the development and implementation of Data Science products
  • Support proactive identification of the most relevant analytical use cases in collaboration with the key stakeholders
  • Support prioritisation efforts, understand feasibility and business impact, take smart risks to make informed decisions in a fast-paced, evolving environment to deliver patient benefits faster
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  • Collaborate within global agile teams in the Roche Informatics business and foundational domains to develop products that provide the highest value to both Roche Pharma and Diagnostics business stakeholders.
  • Provide methodical and implementation guidance as well as hands-on support around analytical use cases

  • Communicate findings and market the value of use cases to key stakeholders
  • Contribute to positioning data science as a key competency within the enterprise
  • Continuously look for opportunities to broaden knowledge, capabilities and skill set to enable talent to flow into different specialties
  • Be a role model for knowledge sharing within the DnA chapter


  • Graduate level (master or PhD ongoing) academic ground in computer science/ statistics/ mathematics/Economics, etc.
  • Discover opportunities for data acquisition and develop scalable data set processes for data modeling, mining and production
  • Good experience running SQL queries and fluency pulling data from structured datasets.

  • Good experience in Google Sheet, Excel, BI tools (Tableau, Qlickview…). Nice to have: programming skills (Python, C++, etc) along with understanding or knowledge of statistical and machine learning models.
  • Excellent communication and effective problem-solving skills, track record in serving a variety of diverse customers and projects
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  • Ability to work independently, prioritize within an interdisciplinary environment that includes scientists, engineers, business and consultants
  • Summarizing the results of analyses into finalized minimal viable products / dashboards and communicating analytical insights via effective synthesis tools (Google slide, PPT …)
  • Keen on expanding your experience and leveraging data analytics methodologies in a world leading pharmaceutical company

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  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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