Research Scientist, Respiratory Biology and Preclinical Drug Discovery

Oct 21, 2021

Job Description

The Respiratory Disease Area at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is dedicated to discovering new therapies for diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The group’s primary responsibilities are the discovery and validation of new targets, performing in vitro and in vivo experiments that support the selection of clinical candidates and the coordination of preclinical activities to ensure a smooth progression of candidates through the development process.

We are seeking an outstanding lab-based Research Scientist to join our collaborative, cross-functional team to accelerate the biology characterization of drug targets and advance the preclinical development of future medicines for IPF and COPD. Successful candidates will have laboratory experience and good knowledge in cell biology, with emphasis on the use of human primary lung cells to explore biology and drug mechanism of action.

What you will do:

- Design, develop and implement cell-based assays (primary and cell lines) to support drug discovery programs in IPF and COPD

- Perform cell biology experiments to explore and validate the biology of genetically relevant drug targets in IPF and COPD

- Generate, record, interpret and present results at group and project meetings

- Be an important part of a larger multi-disciplinary team and bring your energy to maintain and evolve our highly collaborative culture


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:

- A Bachelors or Master’s degree in biological sciences with 1-4 years of laboratory experience

- Hands-on experience in mammalian primary cell biology assays. Additional experience with biochemical and molecular biology techniques is preferred although not essential (training will be provided)

- Experience in live cell-based imaging assays is desirable

- A sound knowledge and ability to learn epithelial biology and human lung disease

- Be proactive and self-motivated with strong analytical, organizational and troubleshooting skills

- Outstanding interpersonal skills and an important member of a larger team

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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Research Scientist, Respiratory Biology and Preclinical Drug Discovery

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