Apr 04, 2022

Job Description

769 million! That's how many patients' lives were touched by our products in 2020. 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. 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 chemist with a curious mind-set and cultural agility to invent innovative medicines and advance the frontiers of drug discovery. Join us and help reimagine medicine!
Your responsibilities:
• Plan and execute chemical syntheses of novel drug molecules aided by in silico tools and facilitated by state-of-the-art synthetic methodologies and technologies (automation, miniaturization).
• Experiment in a first-class laboratory infrastructure and evaluate and deploy novel synthetic technologies to progress projects.
• Work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary project team and integrate experimental data to develop scientific hypotheses and prioritize molecules for synthesis to answer key project questions.
• Support and coach other team members by sharing your know-how and experience.
• Discuss and communicate scientific results at project/group meetings and research boards.
• Take over responsibilities to maintain highest levels of laboratory safety and infrastructure.

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:
• Degree from a University or Fachhochschule (BSc, MSc or Diplom) with a strong focus on synthetic organic chemistry, or education as Lab Technician / Chemielaborant (or equivalent apprenticeship) with significant further chemistry training.
• At least 7 years of drug discovery experience with excellent theoretical and practical knowledge in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry.
• Passion for pioneering chemistry experimentation in the laboratory.
• Ability to critically interpret results, build new experimental hypotheses, and take calculated risks and smart decisions.
• Interest in disruptive technologies and science trends, such as data science and automation/miniaturization, and their application to drug discovery.
• A mind-set of curiosity, creativity, collaboration and openness to diverse thinking, with an enthusiasm to develop yourself and others, along with having excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Aptitude to work in a fast-paced team-oriented matrix environment to collaborate within a highly dynamic team.

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 to a non-EU/EFTA national that already has an unrestricted Swiss Residence & Work Permit or family reunification “B permit”.

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

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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!
Global Discovery Chemistry
Research & Development
Full Time
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Senior Scientist I – Synthetic Organic/Medicinal Chemistry 80-100%*

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