Research Associate, Cellular and Molecular 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. The Scientist will assume a hands-on role in a team responsible for research in a severe form of neurodevelopmental disorder affecting children. 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, acute and organotypic brain slices, and gene-targeted mice. The team works closely with other Novartis groups and programs to tackle scientific challenges, contribute to related areas, and advance significant findings for drug development.

Minimum Requirements

Our candidate should be team-oriented and collaborative. We value the desire to learn new knowledge, incorporate new techniques, and apply these to new experiments. We also appreciate strong skills in communication and presentation, task planning, recording keeping, and trouble shooting.

Our candidate should have a BS, MS, or equivalent degree in biological or biomedical sciences, and at least three years of academic or industrial research experience. In particular, the candidate should have excellent techniques in molecular biology and cell culture, especially culture of rodent primary neurons and astrocytes, and experience in generating neuronal cultures for high throughput assays is a plus. Lab animal techniques, including routine care, breeding, genotyping, and sample collection, will be favored. Skills in protein biochemistry are also welcomed.

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 135323BR
  • Minimum Years Experience 3
  • Career Level Experienced Non-manager
  • Size of Company in MA 2000
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