Apr 28, 2022

Job Description

5600! 5600 scientists working on 340 discovery programs in 8 disease areas focusing on 90 new molecular entities makes Novartis the premier place to develop your career as a pharmaceutical professional. If you are curious, scientifically minded, and want to positively impact society by speeding delivery of novel therapies to needy patients, then look no further, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the place to be.

As a Principal Scientist you will be responsible for preparing study protocols, overseeing all study conduct, report writing, and represent the single point of study control for non-GLP preclinical safety studies conducted by Laboratory Sciences. You will interact with senior PCS scientists and, when appropriate, Research scientists external to PCS to discuss and finalize study design and reporting. In addition, you will supervise a team of in-life scientists and ensure compliance to all protocols, working practices, animal welfare, safety, OSHA regulations and company policies. The Team Lead shall function as a leader in technical excellence, productivity, and communication within the group.

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Prepares study protocols, conducts protocol initiation meetings, oversees study activity scheduling and coordination, monitors in-life portions of assigned preclinical safety studies, tabulates study results and prepares precise written reports within specified due dates.
• Establishes target dates and priorities to enable data-driven advancements in project teams, within own team, and with collaborators, or within functional community.
• Provides coaching and leadership to facilitate drug discovery and/or early development solutions for projects. Proactively shares feedback and develops talent in team and/or mentors others in functional or project teams to meet scientific/technical challenges and needs.
• Will supervise scientists and ensure compliance to all protocols, procedures, animal welfare, safety, OSHA regulations and company policies. Shall function as a leader in technical excellence (displays a high level of competence in a laboratory instrumentation and technical procedures), productivity, and communication within the group.
• Apply scientific knowledge to develop new methodologies/techniques and optimize existing models/methods.
• Recruitment, training and certifications of personnel, setting of goals and objectives, monitoring daily performances and completing performance reviews are included in the personnel management responsibilities, although the authority to perform selected activities may be delegated, if appropriate. compliance, safety, and quality are critical and must be the driving force for all activities.
• Meeting timelines, budget-compliance, and coordination of activities within other internal functions and external customers are also of high priority. May be assigned to Study Monitor duties and other tasks by management.
• Actively participates in target teams/task forces as the target team toxicologist as required.
• Knows and conforms to animal welfare guidelines, Novartis working practices, policies, standards, requirements, and guidelines and ensures compliance/safety and quality management.

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 bring to the role:
• BS/BA degree with 10+ year experience in preclinical safety/research laboratories/in vivo OR MS/MA degree with 6+ years preclinical safety /research laboratories/ in vivo experience
• Thorough understanding of operations/procedures/equipment in the respective discipline (e.g. toxicology, safety pharmacology, investigative pathology, anatomic pathology, clinical pathology).
• Good knowledge of laboratory animal physiology and laboratory animal welfare standards (USDA, AALAC, etc.)
• Effective organizational and prioritization skills with ability to work cooperatively in a team environment under specified timelines
• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Broad understanding of scientific and technical operations in Preclinical Safety.
• Computer skills including data entry/auditing in system software (PRISTIMA), and strong skills in Microsoft windows-based software.
• Familiarity with document management systems (e.g. Subway)
• Experience working with preclinical safety studies of biologics and small molecules

769 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. At Novartis, being there when and how it matters most for our patients and customers allows us to live our purpose and help bring maximum impact to health outcomes.

Furthering our commitment to transforming medicine for patients, Novartis is embarking on an ambitious and exciting journey to reinvent how we use technology, data and customer insights to better serve our consumer’s needs and put them on a path to better health. This includes taking bold approaches that begin with a customer-centric mindset and harness the power of today’s digital and data-driven healthcare revolution to continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives.

• Do you want to help people understand their disease and how to seek out the proper treatment for it?
• Do you want to support patients achieve the best possible outcomes?
• Do you want to deliver a leading customer experience at all touchpoints?
• Do you want to be at the forefront of leveraging today’s technology advances to create tomorrow’s healthcare innovations?

We believe the answers are found when curious, adventurous, and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to utilize the power of digital and data to individualize and maximize interactions with customers. Where you’re empowered to not fear failure when taking smart risks. And most importantly, where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

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.

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Translational Medicine
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Principal Scientist, Preclinical Safety

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