Research Associate, Biochemical and Cellular Neurobiology, BS/MS



February 10, 2014

About Novartis Institutes for 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 research associate to join the Neurosciences department. This position will require a hands-on role in a team responsible for neurobiology research focused on psychiatric diseases. The Scientist will conceive, conduct, and analyze experiments to identify and evaluate compounds or biologics in cell-based and in vivo disease models. These include but are not limited to primary neuronal culture, human ES/iPS derived neurons, and gene-targeted mice. Fluorescent microscopy, electrophysiology, biochemistry, molecular, cellular and ion channel biology techniques will be heavily utilized within projects. Excellent communication and teamwork will be critical.

Minimum Requirements

The candidate should have a B.S. or M.S. degree or equivalent in biochemistry, cell biology, or a similar discipline with at least three years of industrial or academic research experience. The candidate should have some familiarity with neurobiology research and hands-on experience is a plus. The candidate must be highly collaborative, self-motivated, team-oriented, and have excellent communication and computer skills.

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 135350BR
  • Minimum Required Education Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum Preferred Education Master's Degree
  • Minimum Years Experience 3
  • Career Level Experienced Non-manager
  • Size of Company in MA 2000
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