Scientist, Lead Discovery–Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases

Emeryville, California
Oct 20, 2017
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), relocated to Emeryville, California, is dedicated to fighting parasitic infectious diseases of high medical need in a dynamic working environment. NITD is an independent Institute within the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), and as such has full access to NIBR know-how and resources including the chemists of the Global Discovery Chemistry group and the Infectious Diseases drug discovery teams (antiviral and antibacterial) co-located in Emeryville. NITD is renowned for applying cutting-edge technologies to the discovery of high quality clinical candidates for the treatment of neglected diseases. The Institute has a highly collaborative culture and has close links with academic centers of excellence and a broad range of non-governmental and philanthropic organizations around the globe (Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative).

About the position:
We are seeking a biologist with relevant expertise in the screening of small molecules. The successful candidate will be accountable for the design, execution, and interpretation of biochemical and cellular assays that support the discovery and characterization of novel anti-parasitic drugs.

Specifically the candidate will:
• Independently design, perform, and interpret biochemical and cell-based screening assays to support drug discovery
• Troubleshoot assays and instrumentation
• Ensure integrity, quality, and timely delivery of data
• Collaborate across disciplines to provide innovative approaches to discovery challenges
• Communicate research strategy and results internally and externally

Minimum requirements

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent in relevant discipline with at least 3-5 years of experience in a drug discovery environment
• Experience with small molecule assay development, lead discovery and lead optimization, in a pharmaceutical setting is preferred
• Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate and achieve assay robustness, reproducibility, and data quality
• Team player with the capability to forge productive collaborations with colleagues
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Innovative mindset and collaborative spirit
• Positive attitude and “can-do” mentality