Jul 11, 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 Pre-Clinical Safety (PCS) group in NIBR provides world class preclinical safety profiling and assessment for optimal drug discovery, development and commercialization, with state-of-the-art regulatory compliance.

The Preclinical Safety team is seeking a Preclinical Safety Study Scientist. As a Preclinical Safety Study Scientist you will conducts in vivo non-GLP preclinical safety studies for Laboratory Sciences in various laboratory animal species as well as perform all the technical procedures (including formulations, dosing, in-life observations, and sample collection) necessary to implement and conduct study protocols for safety evaluation studies with minimal supervision.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Perform technical procedures necessary to execute in vivo aspects of study protocols. These procedures may include formulation preparations, animal handling, dosing, weighing, and feeding, clinical observations, sample collection (biopsies, blood, urine, etc.), electronic data collection including telemetry.
• Display competence in the operation, calibration and troubleshooting of all laboratory instrumentation routinely employed. Assists in the maintenance of laboratory inventories and equipment. May assist in the validation of new methodologies and instrumentation as needed.
• Display competence in the use of Preclinical Safety electronic data collection system (PRISTIMA, emka); experience with Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN) a plus.
• Know and conform to animal welfare regulations, Novartis working practices, IACUC policies, standards, requirements, and guidelines.
• May assist in methods development.
• May support in vivo technical procedures for other PCS studies on as needed basis
• Potential for cross-training in procedures necessary to execute postmortem (ex vivo) aspects of study protocols. These procedures may include necropsy, blood and tissue collection, handling and weighing laboratory animals, organ weighing, trimming, tissue-processing, paraffin/epoxy resin-embedding, preparing tissues for frozen sectioning, cryostat sectioning, microtomy, routine & special staining techniques, cover slipping, electron microscopy/digital imaging, x-ray spectrometry, light/fluorescence microscopy and QC activities

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 in a life science and 3+ years of relevant experience
• Strong knowledge of animal welfare regulations.
• Strong interpersonal, team-oriented and time management skills
• Experience in the required area and competency in technical procedures.
• Computer skills in Office software.
• AALAS, HT, MT, MSA, Medical Technologist/Scientist (ASCP), Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP) certifications, veterinary technical certification.

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: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

Vaccine Policy: While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to [email protected].

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

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