PhD Principal Scientist/Lab Head, Oncology Drug Discovery

Sep 23, 2021

Job Description

1.2 million! The number of patients Novartis Oncology reached in 2020! Novartis Oncology and the Oncology Biotherapeutics group at NIBR is leading the discovery and development of the next wave of targeted therapies to treat cancer with a particular focus on second-generation antibody-drug-conjugates and radiotherapeutics.

We a seeking a highly motivated investigator who will own the discovery of new therapeutics from target identification and project conception though clinical development. Working collaboratively and across subject areas you will have the opportunity to employ the latest advancements in protein engineering, medicinal chemistry, radiochemistry, and in vivo modeling to help deliver rationally crafted therapies with the potential to significantly impact oncology patients.

You will have a deep understanding of cancer and cell biology and familiarity with antibody and/or radiotherapeutics. In addition to outstanding scientific and technical skills the successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively with scientists of diverse backgrounds and expertise to drive team success, and an ability to present scientific results with impact and project strategy to diverse audiences. Experience managing and developing more juniors scientists is also critical.

Your Responsibilities:

• Validate cell-surface targets and define therapeutic concepts to bring forward new drug discovery programs in Biotherapeutics
• Work collaboratively with global multidisciplinary teams to drive project delivery from conception to lead candidate selection. Present team findings and strategic recommendations to leadership teams and board reviews
• Directly manage lab-based scientists to generate impactful decision-driving data across multiple projects

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’ll bring to the role:

• The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or a related field.
• A minimum of 3-5 years of industry or relevant academic research experience strongly preferred.
• Experience in oncology, biologics drug discovery, antibody-drug conjugates, or radiotherapeutics preferred
• A Track record of success working collaboratively across large teams and a desire to drive drug discovery projects from concept to lead selection
• People management experience preferred

Why consider Novartis?

799 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.
Oncology NIBR
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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PhD Principal Scientist/Lab Head, Oncology Drug Discovery

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