May 04, 2022

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 Biologics Center (NBC) at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is looking for a highly motivated Scientist with technical expertise and hands-on experience in state-of-the-art downstream processing and characterization of recombinant proteins to join our Production Platform group in Basel, Switzerland.

Please note that this will be a part time position working to a 60% working week.
* Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable.

As a lab-based scientist, you will handle various purification systems, from small-scale high-throughput platforms to large-scale systems, and use various analytical tools to deliver high quality proteins and antibodies to support the Novartis biologics research pipeline. You timely deliver materials and data, approach work with urgency, and manage multiple research activities in parallel. You may also contribute to method development to speed up our processes and further improve the quality of our deliverables.

Since you will closely collaborate with another scientist, excellent communication, interpersonal and documentation skills are essential.

Your main responsibilities will include:
• Protein purification from small to mid-scale (microbial, insect and mammalian cell culture; supernatants and cell pellets) and in-process protein analytics
• Close alignment and collaboration with colleagues in Protein Production, Characterization & Function, and with other scientists across NBC/NIBR for a smooth transition
• Independent design and execution of experiments
• Independent data interpretation and troubleshooting
• Literature search to solve problems or implement novel technology
• Comprehensive documentation of activities in electronic lab notebooks and relevant databases; contribution to scientific reports
• Lab support and maintenance
• Consolidation, reporting and presentation of data in context as needed

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:
• Completed Apprenticeship or BSc or MSc University degree in a relevant life science discipline or equivalent
• Knowledge in protein purification (AC, SEC, IEX, HIC, RP, ...) and associated processes (cell lysis, filtration, lyophilization, ...)
• Knowledge in protein analytics, such as HPLC/UPLC (SEC, RP), light scattering, UV spectroscopy, MS (data interpretation)
• Experience in automation (e.g. TECAN), conjugation or protein refolding is of advantage
• Business-level/fluent English is a prerequisite, German or French a plus
• Accurate and independent working style
• Well-developed interpersonal / communication / team skills in an international cross-cultural environment with an enthusiastic pro-active attitude.

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!

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Research Scientist in Protein Production (60%*)

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