6500! That’s the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.
The Oncology department at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) is looking for an independent scientific associate with a strong background in the field of cellular and molecular biology to join their Drug Discovery Biology group located in Basel, Switzerland.
You will be responsible for the generation of novel, high quality data to progress preclinical drug discovery programs. By using a variety of molecular and cell biology approaches you will contribute to the biological understanding of cancer targets, the development of suitable assays, the optimization and characterization of candidate therapeutics and their progression to clinical testing.
While closely interacting with your lab head and colleagues in the group, you will be expected to flexibly contribute to local and global projects as needed and to proactively share knowhow and experience across groups.
Major accountabilities include: • Independently perform and interpret experiments under the leadership of the assigned lab head • Closely work with multiple teams across expertise groups within Oncology (Target Identification and Validation, Drug Discovery Biology, Cellular Assays, Enzymology and Biochemistry, Pharmacology). • Design, interpret and consolidate/report data of the respective experiments • Efficiently manage and maintain a functional laboratory, technical equipment and tools
Minimum requirements: • Qualification as Lab Technician (apprenticeship/vocational training) or first degree (MSc, BSc) in Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology or another relevant discipline • Significant practical work experience in biomedical research gained in an industry or academic laboratory • Proficiency and hands-on experience in applying a wide range of cellular and molecular biological methods (in particular RNAi, qRT-PCR, cloning, cell culture, transient/stable cell line generation, immunoblotting, ELISA) • Basic knowledge of cancer signaling/biology considered a plus • Used to successfully work within a high productivity and quality environment • Proven ability to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment • Highly collaborative and self-motivated team player • Excellent organizational and communication skills • Fluency in English (oral/written)
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We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are empowered to ask new questions, make bolder decisions and take smarter risks.
We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine
*Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable
*This role may be hired at the Scientific Associate I or II level