Scientific Associate Virology - Novartis / NIBR - Emeryville, CA | Biospace
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Scientific Associate Virology - Novartis / NIBR

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Emeryville, CA
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Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

At Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the global research organization of Novartis, we are committed to discovering innovative medicines to cure disease and improve human health. By hiring the best academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical trained scientists, we have fostered an atmosphere for drug discovery where innovation is rewarded. It is ultimately the talent of the individual that determines our success, while our state-of-the-art technologies and resources enable our ideas to be realized.

NIBR has major sites in Emeryville, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Basel, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China. Our Emeryville location is our center of excellence for drug discovery activities in Infectious Diseases and is the new home for the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), a research organization committed to discovering treatments for neglected diseases. We have a variety of positions open in Biology, Chemistry, and functions such as Technology, Patents, Research Sciences and other areas that support our scientific resources.

In 2011 NIBR completed an expansion of our Infectious Diseases research in Emeryville, at the heart of Northern California’s thriving biomedical community. Under the leadership of Don Ganem, M.D., one of the world’s leading virologists, our ID team focuses on identifying and exploiting novel molecular mechanisms for the interruption of pathogen replication and viability. In addition, we hope to break new ground in the search for novel viruses that might contribute to other human diseases, including tumors and autoimmune disorders. Our ID headquarters in Emeryville will be fueled by a culture that combines the best of academia and biotech with the backing of a global organization - Novartis.

We are seeking an energetic, self-motivated and independent scientist to join efforts in our infectious disease department at NIBR discovering novel antiviral therapies in a dynamic, fast-paced research setting. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will be in the efforts of developing biochemical and cell-based assays, establishing viral cultures, and screening and characterizing novel biologics and small molecule inhibitors. The candidate should be able to demonstrate strong technical skills in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology. Knowledge and prior experience in virology research and drug discovery are desired but not required.


• BS in biology with 3+ years of relevant work experience.
• Proficiencies in molecular cloning, mammalian cell culture and assay development are required.
• Must be highly collaborative, team-oriented, but also capable of working independently.
• Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills are required.