May 04, 2022

Job Description

60 million adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year. In about 13 million of these patients, the illness is severe and substantially interferes with one or more major aspects of their lives. The Neuroscience Department at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research is seeking an experienced and highly motivated scientist to join the behavioral pharmacology group. This is a hands-on role in which the successful candidate will execute behavioral experiments in both genetic and pharmacological rodent models to evaluate novel treatments for psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Sound interesting? Read on!

Your Responsibilities:

• Closely collaborating with senior lab members, manager, and scientists across the department to design and execute in vivo behavioral pharmacology studies
• Performing in vivo procedures, including administration of therapeutics and behavioral testing for cognitive, electrophysiological, or motor functions to generate high-quality datasets
• Analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data in a timely manner


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

Minimum Qualifications:
• A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Pharmacology or related discipline
• A minimum of two years of laboratory-based industrial or academic experience working with rodents
• Proficiency with in vivo procedures in rodents, including animal handling, husbandry, behavioral assays, and therapeutic administration
• Experience with colony management, blood collection, dissection techniques, and necropsies
• Excellent lab technique and attention to detail with basic experience in analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data
• Strong organizational and communication skills (both written and oral) to help the team achieve deliverables and meet aggressive timelines
• Ability to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, team environment

Additional, highly desirable qualifications
• Familiarity with psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and/or neurodegenerative disease models
• Familiarity with in vivo assays for pharmacokinetic evaluation
• Experience performing surgical procedures, with particular emphasis on intracranial injections
• Experience with EEG recording procedures, such as telemetry or tethering

Why consider Novartis?

799 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2019. 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 address the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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In Vivo Behavioral Neuroscientist

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