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Research Scientist, Lead Discovery – NITD (multiple openings)

94608, Emeryville
Commensurate with Experience
Start date
Jul 15, 2022

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Science/R&D, Biomedical Sciences
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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More than 8 million lives are lost every year to infectious and tropical diseases. Within the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) situated in the San Francisco Bay Area is dedicated to finding new therapies to treat and prevent a range of noncommunicable and infectious conditions, with an emphasis on tropical diseases and viral pathogens. With full access to NIBR know-how, NITD has a highly collaborative culture and maintains close links with academic centers of excellence and a broad range of governmental, non-governmental and philanthropic organizations around the globe (e.g., Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture, and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative). NITD is renowned for applying cutting-edge technologies to the discovery of high-quality clinical candidates for the treatment of neglected diseases.

About the position:
The NITD group is looking for a highly motivated and talented biologist to support a drug discovery program focusing on emerging viruses with pandemic potential and parasitic diseases. The successful candidate will work in a team lead by a Ph.D. level scientist and will be accountable for the design, execution and interpretation of biochemical and cellular assays to support the discovery and characterization of novel drug candidates.

Your responsibilities:
• Develop and run new biochemical and cellular assays to support drug discovery efforts
• Troubleshoot assays with minimal input from supervisor
• Conduct mechanism of action studies
• Liaise with various functions such as Protein Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry
• Work with external collaborators and contract research organizations
• Present findings at internal scientific meetings


What you will bring to the role:

• Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum of 0-8 years of experience*
• Extensive mammalian cell culture and molecular biology experience required
• Ability to implement standard operating procedure (SOP) with minimal/no assistance
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to give presentations
• Critical reading of scientific journals and independently comes up with new SOP
• Assist in new standard operating procedure (SOP) preparation and implementation
• Highly collaborative within the team and across disciplines.

Additional Beneficial skills
• Experience in drug discovery industrial setting is highly desirable
• Assay development experience is highly desirable
• Demonstrate ability to train junior research associate a plus

*level and pay commensurate with applicable experience

Why consider Novartis?

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 us reimagine medicine.

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


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