BS/MS Research Scientist, Immuno-Oncology iMOD Group

Sep 08, 2021

Job Description

5600! That is the number of associates across the globe at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled research scientist to join the Immune Modulation (iMOD) team within NIBR’s Exploratory Immuno-Oncology department. The emergence of cancer immunotherapies has carried us into an exciting and transformative period in cancer care. However, despite the immense success immune-modulating therapies, relapse and resistance remain an obstacle in many tumor types. To address these obstacles, the iMOD group investigates nodes of suppression against the anti-tumor immune responses.

As part of this team, you will help explore novel therapeutic approaches aimed at altering key components of the cellular network supporting the immune-suppressive tumor microenvironment. Our goal is to eliminate or modulate those components that facilitate cancer growth, confer drug resistance, or repress anti-tumor immunity. Can we reshape or redesign the tumor microenvironment in favorable ways? We are seeking a motivated individual with an interest in pursuing the potential of this therapeutic approach.

The high-quality data generated by your efforts will directly affect the development of novel treatment methods and contribute to the design of future clinical trials. This position will be ideal for those candidates wishing to combine their interest in immuno-biology of cancer, with their strong desire to discover and help develop therapeutic approaches.

Key Responsibilities:
•Plan, optimize, and execute experiments independently; accurately record, analyze, and communicate data to senior staff and team members.
•Utilize a variety of analytical techniques and equipment to both validate therapeutic targets/approaches and generate new biological insights.
•Conduct in vitro studies utilizing primary cells and cell lines to probe targets of interest and validate potential therapeutic tools and reagents.
•Conduct in vivo studies on mouse models of cancer to validate efficacy of tools/reagents, and assess biological or disease relevance of potential therapeutic targets.
•Work with internal and external partners to test, optimize and advance new therapies into early development.
•Present results in team meetings and deliver presentations to both small and large groups.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role:

Essential requirements:
•BS/MS degree in biology-related subject area with 2-5 years of relevant research experience. Job title and grade level will be commensurate with experience and skillset.
•Experience with in vivo mouse handling and study design.
•Strong verbal and writing skills for documentation of data, drafting of technical reports, and communication of progress to manager and other team members.
•Strong presentation skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
•Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and perform in new areas, implement new techniques and instrumentation.
•Accepts and responds positively to constructive feedback.
•Scientifically motivated, and capable of independently conducting, and critically analyzing his/her own research.
Desirable requirements:
•Technical expertise in cell and molecular biology techniques.
•Knowledge of immunology, tumor biology, and/or CAR-T cell therapies.

Why consider Novartis?
769 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2020. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team’s representative of the patients and communities we serve.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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BS/MS Research Scientist, Immuno-Oncology iMOD Group

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