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Senior Scientist - Global Drug Discovery

Novo Nordisk
Lexington, MA
Start date
Mar 23, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Pharmacology
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

About the Department                                                                                                                                             

Our Boston Research & Development hub, anchored in the greater Boston area, brings together the best minds in life science innovation. The teams located in facilities in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge reflect the full R&D continuum, from early research through late-stage clinical development. Here, we are building for the future, 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. Our greater Boston R&D hub merges biotech speed and agility with large pharmaceutical company quality, resources, and stability, uniting the best of both worlds to develop new medicines for patients.
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, obesity and MASH 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 Senior Scientist will provide scientific leadership in the identification and validation of new drug targets, advancing novel therapies to the clinic, and developing technologies to accelerate scientific research. This will be achieved by proposing and leading internal and external research efforts to support project goals. The Senior Scientist will represent the organization as a subject matter expert to the external scientific community through the publication and presentation of research, and through the development, management, and leadership of external collaborations. The individual will be seen across the company and beginning to be viewed externally as a method/subject expert for one or two technologies or area(s) of biology.



Reports to the Senior Director, Metabolic Regulation


Internal relationships include working closely with technical staff & other members of the scientific leadership team; regular collaborations with members of other research departments at NNRCSI; & frequent interaction with project managers & other colleagues across global R&D. Individual may direct the work of other staff members.


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


Essential Functions

  • Experimental guidance & hands-on effort
  • Propose, plan, and execute complex, diverse projects that require a strong technical and scientific understanding of research area
  • Provide expert-level guidance to experimental plans and data interpretation
  • Troubleshoot highly complex tasks through independent and team-based efforts
  • Demonstrate deep subject matter expertise and in-depth experience, as well as creative, independent thinking and solutions for addressing critical scientific questions
  • Plan, execute, and analyze in vitro & in vivo experiments
  • Make independent decisions related to day-to-day experimental activities
  • Assume responsibility for project design, implementation, and interpretation
  • Analyze complex data with high degree of sophistication, connect disparate datasets to reach conclusions, and communicate project updates and experimental results to relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure proper documentation of all experiments and data
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Function as project leader for global, cross-functional experimental teams to achieve project goals
  • Communicate regularly with international colleagues within Novo Nordisk
  • Indirectly supervise and provide mentorship to Research Assistants, Associates, & junior Scientists
  • Actively participate in cross-functional teams to drive project success
  • Actively participate in virtual global team meetings regularly
  • Achieve business goals, share learnings, knowledge and skills & promote cross-functional teamwork
  • Share knowledge & expertise to expand team capabilities and goals
  • Demonstrate superior cross-cultural understanding to effectively interact with relevant stakeholders in the global organization
  • Scientific input & documentation
  • Recommend, present, and champion new targets or methodologies
  • Propose and lead external research efforts to support project goals
  • Write and review collaborative research manuscripts, project documents, and milestone documents
  • Identify biology-, target-, or technology-focused gaps and questions & be able to propose solutions for long-term benefit of department, site, or company
  • Complete assignments requiring expert-level knowledge of techniques and practices related to the research area
  • Represent the organization as NN-subject matter expert by attending and presenting at scientific conferences and global meetings



  • PhD required. Degree with biology and life science preferred
  • 6+ years’ relevance experience 
  • Relevant required experience includes: Scientific expertise in metabolic diseases of obesity, diabetes, MASH and CVD, experience in drug discovery of which from the pharmaceutical or related industry
  • Preferred experience includes: Experience with target identification and validation, drug discovery for metabolic diseases. In depth knowledge of metabolic pathways and whole-body energy metabolism. 
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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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