Postdoc Program

Scientists do research in a Novartis laboratory

A unique opportunity to perform innovative, fundamental research

Postdoctoral scholars design and conduct their research with guidance from a principal investigator at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and from an academic advisor where appropriate.

We encourage applications from candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia or industry.

Postdoctoral positions are posted on a regular basis through the year. The postdoctoral term is typically up to four years.

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Postdoctoral Research Areas and Mentors

Our research comprises a broad range of areas from which postdoctoral scholars and their mentors create research projects in a rich and unique drug discovery environment, including access to sophisticated research tools. 

Projects are often interdisciplinary in nature, combining biology and chemistry and/or computational approaches, or bridging different disease areas. 

Postdoc Publications

A key guiding principle is that our postdocs present their work at major research conferences and publish their results in leading peer-reviewed journals. See featured publications with our postdocs as lead authors.

  • Autophagy-independent lysosomal targeting regulated by ULK1/2-FIP200 and ATG9

  • Inverting conventional chemoselectivity in Pd-catalyzed amine arylations with multiply halogenated pyridines

  • Reverse translation of adverse event reports paves the way for de-risking preclinical off-targets

  • Indoleacrylic acid produced by commensal Peptostreptococcus species suppresses inflammation

Featured Postdoc Program 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.