Senior Medicinal Chemist - Project Team Lead (80-100%*)

Nov 04, 2021

Job Description

At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine to improve and extend people's lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society's most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible. In 2020, we touched >769 million patients with our products. How can we continue to advance our science to help even more patients in need? We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous, and collaborative people are empowered to ask new questions, make bolder decisions, and take smarter risks.

In Global Discovery Chemistry (GDC) at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Basel, Switzerland, we are at the core of Novartis’ purpose, designing and making new molecules for treating patients. We are looking for a highly motivated, passionate researcher with a strong scientific background in chemistry or related life science discipline to invent innovative medicines and advance the frontiers of drug discovery. Join us and help reimagine medicine!

Your responsibilities
• Lead multidisciplinary project teams in a highly collaborative environment to discover and develop novel therapies for high unmet medical needs
• Develop and realize integrated team plans and flexible chemistry strategies to effectively drive projects and maximize the impact of scientists in your team
• Work in close collaboration with multiple line functions to enable project success through state-of-the-art drug discovery approaches
• Guide experimentation in a first-class chemistry laboratory infrastructure, deploy novel technologies, and collaborate with internal and external partners around the world
• Integrate complex project data to develop scientific hypotheses and design molecules to address key project questions
• Develop and lead global strategic initiatives to shape the future of drug discovery at NIBR
• Mentor, coach, and develop a dynamic team of chemists
• Act as an ambassador of NIBR to external groups and develop new relationships

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role
• PhD degree in chemistry or related life science discipline with profound understanding of medicinal/organic chemistry and at least 7+ years of drug discovery experience
• Significant project leadership experience and a track-record of impact on multiple projects, from hit generation to development candidate selection. An in depth understanding of multi-parameter optimization and ability to integrate disease biology, ADME and toxicology data to solve complex drug discovery problems
• A mind-set of curiosity and cultural agility with an openness to diverse thinking and enthusiasm to develop yourself and others
• Excellent written and verbal communication and strong influencing skills, with an ability to present and discuss project strategies and challenges
• Interest in disruptive technologies and science trends, such as data science and automation/miniaturization, and their application to drug discovery
• Aptitude to work in a fast-paced team-oriented matrix environment

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

Based on binding Swiss work permit regulations, this position can only be offered to an applicant that already has an EU/EFTA or Swiss Passport, or a non-EU/EFTA national that already has an unrestricted Swiss Residence & Work Permit or family reunification ”B permit”.

Why consider 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!

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