Jun 21, 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 Neuroscience Research group within the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Basel, Switzerland, is looking for an experienced Research Associate with background and interest in the field of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. By joining our team you will actively contribute advancing cellular assay development and new target discovery programs in the field of neuroinflammation/neurodegeneration.

Your responsibilities:

• You will play a critical role in establishing and implementing neuronal cellular assays and functional readouts both for assessing novel targets and characterizing low molecular weight compounds modulating neuroinflammatory/neurodegenerative pathways
• You will perform in vitro experiments using primary cells, cell lines, as well as differentiated induced pluripotent stem cells to support multiple ongoing projects
• You will plan, execute, and analyze experiments and present results in lab meetings and independently search for information in scientific and technical literature
• You will engage in multiple collaborations with different units and show scientific curiosity, initiative, commitment, flexibility and excellent communication and organizational skills

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

▪ University degree (BSc, MSc) in Biology or a related scientific discipline (e.g. cell biology, biochemistry, or neuroscience) or completed apprenticeship as laboratory technician in Life Science discipline with relevant work experience in and industrial or academic setting
▪ Strong practical expertise in cell culture techniques such as isolating and handling primary rodent neuronal cells, maintaining and differentiating hiPSC cells into neuronal cells, or working with complex 2D or 3D co-culture cell models
▪ Experience in some of these standard laboratory techniques: molecular biology (RNA isolation, qPCR), biochemical/imaging methods (Western, ELISA, FACS analysis, ICC/IHC and microscopy), and cell-based assays (transfection/virus transduction, functional cellular assays (e.g. cell survival, proliferation, migration)
▪ Animal handling license (LTK1) would be of advantage
▪ Proficiency in MS Office software applications
▪ Fluency in English (oral/written)

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!

* Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable.
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Research Scientist - Neuroscience (80-100%*)

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