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Scientist I - Process/Analytical Development

Novo Nordisk
Fremont, CA
Start date
Sep 9, 2023

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About the Department                                                                                                                                 

Imagine transforming the face of biomedical research, helping patients getting healthier with digital therapeutics, and advanced medical devices in a state-of-the-art research facility. That’s what we do at Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI). Our scientists and engineers apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to People with Diabetes and Obesity. Such projects include applying data science when developing advanced medical devices and digital decision support solutions. At NNRCSI, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.


The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position
The Scientist I will provide major contributions to the advancement of stem cell-based therapies to the clinic. This will be achieved by independently designing and executing experiments, coordinating with cross-functional teams, and ensuring completion of project key deliverables. The Scientist I will represent the organization to the external scientific community through presentations, and through active participation in external collaborations.

Reports to a member of the Stem Cell CMC and Manufacture management team. 

Internal stakeholders include employees in Research and CMC in Novo Nordisk Headquarters in Denmark; employees in Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Combination Product Development at Novo Nordisk Fremont.

Individual will interact with external collaborators both academia- & industry-based.

Individual Contributor: does not manage other employees or contingent workers.


•    Major contributor to development projects (process- or analytics-related) through hands-on independent work of highly complex tasks involving multiple experimental activities and groups. Handles most situations independently, receives minimal guidance, but will seek advice and guidance on more complex issues. Can organize and manage complex projects and timelines.
•    Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and skills to support the development, optimization, and management of protocols of high complexity to advance efforts with limited supervisor input. Demonstrates deep understanding of subject matter (regarding specific technology & its use; specific biology; etc.) and may occasionally demonstrate subject matter expertise.
•    Analyzes complex data with high degree of sophistication, connecting disparate datasets to reach conclusions and set direction on experiments. Contributes strong scientific acumen to enable projects and work towards a GMP manufacturing-friendly process and/or a QC assay transfer. Authors internal reports with limited guidance from supervisor.
•    Effectively communicates and collaborates across global sites and guides project strategy by providing expert input to cross-functional project teams. Expected to represent the organization at external conferences and global meetings. Proposes, participates in, and may lead external collaborations. Can engage scientifically in an academic setting.
•    Maintains a strong understanding of theoretical knowledge and a connection to the external scientific community through continuous evaluation of relevant literature. Identifies, evaluates and implements new technologies that add value.

•    Leads cross-functional experimental teams to achieve project goals, mentor junior staff, and provide training. May mentor or indirectly supervise less experienced team members.
•    Influences the pipeline by recommending, presenting, and championing new methodologies.

•    Demonstrated ability to identify technology-focused gaps and questions, and to propose solutions for long-term benefit of department, site, or company.
•    Works with Department Heads and Scientists to ensure better practice sharing and implementation within the team.

•    Achieves business goals, shares learnings, knowledge, skills, and promotes cross-functional teamwork.
•    Develops superior cross-cultural understanding to effectively interact with relevant stakeholders in the global organization.
•    12+ years’ relevant experience required, or a Master’s degree with 8+ years’ relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree with 2+ years’ post-doctoral and/or industry relevant experience can be considered.
•    Relevant required experience includes: 
    o Track record of organizing and performing experiments of moderate complexity and performing at a high level of independence.
    o Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills
    o Computer proficiency and the ability and desire to learn new software programs.
    o Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture. Pluripotent stem cell experience strongly preferred.
    o Demonstrates project management knowledge, as well as strong organizational and time-management skills.
•    Preferred experience includes: experience in cell-based therapy technology or analytical method transfer; experience with gene editing of mammalian cells

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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