Scientific Associate – In vivo Drug Discovery Pharmacology (80-100%*)

Sep 06, 2021

Job Description

6500! That’s the number of associates in 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.

Applications are invited for a scientific associate position in a laboratory that carries out cutting-edge oncology drug discovery pharmacology research. We seek an experienced, motivated and ambitious associate wishing to continue a successful scientific career in a fast-paced drug discovery environment. You will work on global projects using a wide range of in vivo and in vitro techniques while closely interacting with your lab head and colleagues. You will join the Global Oncology Drug Discovery group contributing to develop novel cancer therapeutics and bring innovative targets into our world leading Oncology portfolio. The position is based at the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research ( in Basel, Switzerland.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for working with rodents and a drive to perform in vivo oncology pharmacology studies including micro-surgeries, compound administration and preparation of samples for ex vivo analysis. Hands-on background performing small animal imaging modalities such as uCT, ultrasound and bioluminescence imaging is a plus. The successful candidate will work collaboratively as an integral part of global projects and be an active member of lab and project teams.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Design, perform and evaluate experiments to characterize novel drug candidates for oncology projects in various in vitro and ex vivo assays (e.g. cell culture, transfections, proliferation assays, ELISA, PCR, Western blotting, FACS)
Develop and characterize novel innovative in vivo oncology models using molecular imaging techniques
Independently search for information in scientific and technical literature and present your data within the team

Minimum Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

• Vocational laboratory technician education (e.g. Apprentice) or Master degree in pharmacology, medical physics, bioengineering, biotechnology or related field
• Experienced in performing animal studies (animal handling, drug application, sampling, animal welfare regulations, small laboratory animal surgery)
• Good knowledge of standard molecular and cell biology techniques: cell culture, quantitative real-time PCR, transfection, western blotting, cell engineering
• Strong interest in working in a creative environment where you demonstrate proactiveness, a flexible attitude and scientific curiosity
• Well organized with a track record of delivering high-quality results
• The position requires excellent communication skills in English and the motivation to work independently within a global team

Why Novartis?
769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. 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.

* Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable.

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Scientific Associate – In vivo Drug Discovery Pharmacology (80-100%*)

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