Jul 18, 2022

Job Description

Over 900+ clinical trials validate that gene therapies are transforming the practice of medicine. As a Research Scientist II, you will have an opportunity to join the NIBR Biologics Center (NBC) and be at the cutting edge, leading the development of innovative medicines that can improve lives of patients.

What you'll be doing:
• Execute developability assessments of AAV gene therapies including but not limited to mass spectrometry characterization of AAV gene therapy candidates for identity, post-translational modification, and degradation analyses and optimize methods for specific AAV serotypes as needed.
• Apply physical-chemical analytical methods for orthogonal support of MS analyses (SEC, reverse phase LC, charge variant characterization etc).
• Develop targeted MS methods to quantify proteins in complex samples.
• Understanding of analytical and biophysical characterization of various gene therapies, and/or to work as the characterization representative on project teams and establish the analytical strategy for the program based off AAV molecule liabilities and critical quality attributes.
• Operate and maintain high end mass spectrometer instruments, perform data analysis and ELN/Genedata documentation, and author and/or review method development and technical reports.
• Work in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment as part of the global NBC team and contribute to data analysis and interpretation, making technical presentations, and report writing
• Interact and collaborate with colleagues in biologics across Discovery and Development organizations.

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'll bring:
• PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field with 0+ years post-graduate experience; M.Sc. in related field with 4-6 years; or B.Sc. in related field with 6-8 years of biotech/biopharmaceutical industry experience
• Demonstrated expertise with hands-on experience in setting up top-down and bottom-up mass spectrometry analyses of biotherapeutics. Prior experience with AAV is beneficial but not required.
• Demonstrated technical understanding and expertise in the field of analytical characterization of large biotherapeutic molecules
• Demonstrated scientific curiosity, problem-solving skills, and ability to design and execute experiments independently
• A great teammate who is detail-oriented, can multi-task, and has outstanding oral and written communication skills.

• Experience with Genedata Expressionist, Protein Metrics, SkyLine, MassHunter and Biopharma finder software’s for mass spectrometry analysis of biologics is highly preferred.

• Hands-on experience with SEC, CE-SDS, cIEF, reverse phase liquid chromatography, and/or other analytical assays.

Why Novartis?
766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, 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!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Accessibility and reasonable accommodations
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San Diego, CA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Senior Scientist II - Mass Spectrometry

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