Postdoc Program

Scientists do research in a Novartis laboratory

A unique opportunity to perform groundbreaking research

The mission of our Postdoctoral program is to train and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders in a unique drug discovery environment. Our Innovation and Discovery Postdoctoral Fellowships offer exciting opportunities for talented scientists to join our teams at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) and perform cutting-edge research with guidance from world-class scientists.

Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship empowers aspiring drug hunters to gain first-hand experience in the design and development of breakthrough therapies and innovative technologies. Scientific leaders at NIBR mentor Innovation Fellows, who benefit from a robust curriculum, including a drug discovery and development boot camp and tailored rotations in scientific and business disciplines.

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Novartis Discovery Postdoctoral Fellowship

Discovery Postdoctoral Fellows tackle key fundamental scientific questions with guidance from a NIBR principal investigator, and from an academic advisor where appropriate. Projects are often interdisciplinary in nature, bridging different disease areas or combining biology, chemistry and computational approaches. Discovery Fellows have the opportunity to publish their research in high-caliber peer-reviewed journals and present at international meetings. We encourage applications from candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia or industry.

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Postdoc Publications

See featured publications with our Discovery Fellows as lead authors.

Featured Discovery Fellowship Alumni

Learn more about our Postdoc Program alumni who have gone on to careers as principal investigators at academic institutions.

  • Andreas Bender, Ph.D.

    Andreas Bender is the quintessential hybrid scientist. He knows how industry research works from the inside, having spent two years at NIBR as a postdoctoral fellow, and he has since built his career in an academic setting.

  • Sereina Riniker, Ph.D.

    The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich is one of the world’s leading academic research institutions and the home to nearly 20 000 students and more than 500 professors. In 2014, Sereina Riniker joined their ranks as their youngest professor.

  • Boxun Lu, Ph.D.

    As a postdoc at NIBR from 2010 to 2012, Boxun Lu worked on neurodegenerative disorders, including Huntington’s disease. Since then, he has continued this research in his lab at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Postdoc Program Leadership
Our program is led by highly respected scientific leaders committed to supporting mentors and postdocs.