Jul 22, 2022

Job Description

6000+! The number of scientists in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). We are seeking to hire a motivated candidate with a strong background in cellular and molecular immunology to join our Translational Immunology Unit in Basel.

This is a unique opportunity to apply deep knowledge of immunology to enable state-of-the-art cross-species immune system safety assessments for early and late phase novel life-saving medicines. In collaboration with clinical and preclinical teams as well as external academic partners, you will lead the development of novel in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro experimental approaches to assess hazard and risk for drug-induced immunopathology and immune-mediated toxicity.

Ultimately, you will enhance and accelerate Novartis drug discovery and development processes aimed to bring forward effective and safe medicines.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Contribute clinically relevant methods and results to cross-species immune safety assessments
• Interface with internal clinical and preclinical teams and manage external academic collaborations
• Lead the development and management of a translational immunology laboratory introducing, developing, implementing, validating, and maintaining state-of-the-art technologies and laboratory procedures
• Perform target reviews and translational immune system safety assessments for early and late development projects
• Interface with regulatory agencies
• Present scientific/technical work and achievements at internal / external meetings
• Publish internally and/or externally as appropriate, patent applications

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

• Education: MD/DVM and/or PhD with strong clinical experience in Immunology and Infection Biology
• Extensive experimental immunology experience and a strong research profile in both human and preclinical models of immunology
• Good knowledge of drug-induced immune reactions
• Excellent communication skills and fluency in oral and written English
• Good understanding of the scientific disciplines involved in drug safety assessment and relevant laboratory tools and procedures related to safety assessment and risk management is advantageous
• Proficiency with major state-of-the-art immunology technologies and approaches
• Proven expertise in scientific and technical problem-solving, ideally within an international, multi-disciplinary environment

Desirable requirements:
• Excellent scientific publication record and international reputation
• Good scientific network with academic institutions
• Proven program and project management skills and conflict solving abilities in matrix environments

Why consider Novartis?
769 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2020. 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 tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. 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.

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

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Translational Medicine
Research & Development
Full Time
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Principal Scientist I - Translational Immunology (80-100%*)

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