Senior Scientist I/II

Oct 15, 2021

Job Description

6000! 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.

The Senior Scientist Conducts exploratory research to produce new knowledge and potential products; conceives, organizes, promotes, and executes ideas and plans to increase chemistry's role in and contribution to the discovery and chemical approaches to meet exploratory objectives in product discovery. Develops research proposals to provide a technically and economically sound basis for developing and evaluating new or improved products, synthetic methods, processes, and analytical and physical testing techniques.

Responsibilities to include but not limited to:

Senior Scientist II:

-Effectively runs complex experiments and/or takes opportunity to bring new techniques into lab. Practices efficient time management, focuses on deliverables, and is able to effectively prioritize when designing/undertaking experimental plan. Analyzes and communicates own results to department/project meetings. Regularly (if role requires) provides input to internal/ external publications. Broadens technical knowledge via departmental activities, literature reading and experiential learning.
-Possesses basic knowledge of all techniques undertaken across own lab(s). Utilizes established networks and builds new network connections, including outside of existing project team. May provide input on external collaborations. Mentors junior member(s) of lab and/or project team. Influences within line function.
-Utilizes growing awareness of the drug discovery and/or early development pipeline to identify complex problems, present innovative solutions and drive their implementation. Key member of drug
discovery/technology/development project teams with regular accountability within the project for own area of expertise.

-Senior Scientist I:

-Designs/executes experiments and identifies next steps based on analysis of own data and data from other lab contributors. Independently modifies existing lab techniques and implements techniques new to the lab. Communicates results and conclusions to project meetings. May provide input to internal/ external publications including writing relevant sections.
-Skilled in collaboration across project team labs. May suggest/build new network connections within existing project teams. Routinely trains members of lab and broader project team in familiar techniques. Expected (if needed) to undertake organizational responsibility (such as equipment power user, lab safety rep).
-Accountable for increasingly complex experiments; key contributor to the success of drug discovery, technology, and/or early development projects. Brings ideas from a concept or question to a decision in experimental design, based on previous observations.

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 need to bring to the role:

•BS or MS degree in organic chemistry; 3+ years of industrial experience is preferred
•A comprehensive knowledge of modern organic synthetic methods; medicinal chemistry knowledge is a plus
•Excellence in common purification and analytical techniques
•Strong problem solving and communication skills

The level of the position will be commensurate with education, applicable experience, competency and independence.

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!
Global Discovery Chemistry
Emeryville, CA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Senior Scientist I/II

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