Sep 28, 2022

Job Description

1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and far too many will lose their battle every year. At Navigate BioPharma we envision a disease free world – our talented and passionate team is at the forefront of enabling drug development by using transformative science to deliver high quality, world class clinical biomarker solutions so we can one day realize that vision. Join us on our journey to turning innovative treatment ideas into reality to improve and extend patient lives across the globe. Navigate BioPharma, a subsidiary of Novartis, provides assay development, clinical trial testing, and companion diagnostic services to companies in the precision medicine field. At present, Navigate supports 100+ clinical trials from 30+ pharma, biotech, and diagnostic companies, including 8 of the top 15 oncology companies globally.

As an Associate Scientist at Navigate, you will help to design, create, execute, and troubleshoot Flow cytometry based procedures and assays. You will be expected to exhibit moderate to high level of independence while working on multiple projects including contributing to the launch of new platforms/assays. Candidates must demonstrate critical thinking, initiative and effective stakeholder management in the execution of their projects.

Your key responsibilities:
Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Works in a GMP/GCP/GLP/CLIA regulated environment and is responsible for following all applicable regulations
• May design, create, execute and troubleshoot multi-parameter flow cytometry based procedures and assays
• Analysis of patient flow cytometry data using FloJo or FCS Express software
• Author and review technical documents including but not limited to assay work instructions
• Perform instrument calibration, maintenance and function tests with proper documentation
• May work directly with external vendors to resolve reagent or equipment issues
• May identify and troubleshoot problems that may adversely affect test performance/results
• Use LIMS to create batch testing worklists and enter, QC, transfer data


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 to the role:
• BS/BA with scientific emphasis with minimum 5 years experience or MS with minimum 0 years, preferably 4 years of experience or CA licensed technologist with at least 0 years of experience as a technologist or Associate degree with minimum 8 years of experience may be considered
• Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to apply principles, concepts, practices and standards associated with analytical assay development/validation and/or sample testing in a clinical laboratory setting
• Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to learn new skills and core competences in flow cytometry
• Good time management and prioritization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
• Critical thinker and team player
Desirable requirements:
• Demonstrated experience and understanding of cell characterization assays directly applicable to the research services provided by Navigate (tissue culture, cellular biological techniques such as flow cytometry, cell isolation procedures, IHC, etc.) is strongly preferred
• Deep hands on knowledge in phenotyping of normal and abnormal immune cell subsets, including stem cells, is strongly preferred

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 transformations, 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.

We are Novartis. Join us and help reimagine medicine!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Navigate BioPharma, a Novartis company, 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 inclusion workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations:
The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] 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.

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]
Carlsbad, CA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Associate Scientist, Flow Cytometry

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