Automated Cell Culture Scientist



February 10, 2014

About Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research

At Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (“NIBR”), the global research organization of Novartis, we are committed to discovering innovative medicines to cure disease and improve human health. By hiring the best academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical trained scientists, we have fostered an atmosphere for drug discovery where innovation is rewarded. It is ultimately the talent of the individual that determines our success, while our state-of-the-art technologies and resources enable these ideas to be realized.

NIBR has sites in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Emeryville, CA; Basel, Switzerland; Horsham, UK; and Shanghai, China. Our Cambridge, MA, location is the global research headquarters and has focuses in areas including Pathway Biology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Metabolism, Muscle, Epigenetics, Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.  It has a variety of positions in Biology, Chemistry, Biologics, Protein Sciences, and other technologies and additionally in functions such as Patents, Computational Resources, Alliance Management, Operations and other areas that support our scientific resources.

About Neuroscience in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The newly established Neuroscience Department being built in Cambridge, MA will leverage the recent expansion in  human genetics and brain circuitry data to develop therapeutics in neuropsychiatric disease including Autism, Schizophrenia, and Epilepsy, and in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, ALS/FTD, and Parkinson’s.   Advanced technologies such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), next generation sequencing, and computational biology will be used to discover new targets and drive projects to the clinic.

Job Description / Key Responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced scientist who will assume a hands-on role in a multidisciplinary team responsible for utilizing human pluripotent stem cells to identify and characterize potential drugs and targets for neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disease.  In particular this position will support large scale automation of hES and iPS cell culture, including reprogramming, generation of mutations using CRISPR, and directed differentiation to different types of neurons.

Minimum Requirements

The candidate should have a BS/MS degree or equivalent in biochemistry, cell biology, engineering or a related discipline, with at least three years of industrial or academic research experience.  Must be highly collaborative, self-motivated, results focused, team-oriented, have excellent attention to detail, and excellent communication and computer skills.  Experience as an automation user (cell culture, or HTS preferred) is essential in order to participate in adapting stem cell culture and differentiation to an automated platform, in performing large scale experiments, and in analyzing large data sets.  The candidate should be thoroughly familiar with mammalian cell culture and cellular assay development.

For more information on the new neuroscience group and to apply, please visit:

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  • Company Novartis
  • Contact Name HR
  • Position Location Cambridge, MA
  • Job Reference Code 133703BR
  • Minimum Required Education Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum Preferred Education Master's Degree
  • Career Level Experienced Non-manager
  • Size of Company in MA 2000
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