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Research Scientist, In Vivo Pharmacologist

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Closing date
Apr 11, 2023

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Life Sciences, Pharmacology, Health Sciences
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Full Time
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Research Scientist
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Job Description

17.9 million lives are lost each year due to cardiovascular diseases. The Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Area (CVM) of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) is committed to changing this alarming statistic by discovering transformative medicines to treat cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Our team is dedicated to the creation and development of innovative medicines to change this alarming statistic. We conceive, develop, validate, and employ pharmacological tools to evaluate the efficacy and safety of novel cardiovascular drug candidates. We are seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist to join our In Vivo Pharmacology team.
As an In Vivo Pharmacologist, you will work independently and collaboratively in an inter-disciplinary setting to execute experiments in preclinical models, analyze data, write study reports, and give oral presentations to support drug discovery, while broadening your knowledge in the field.

What you will be doing (key responsibilities):
• Assist in the design, execution, analysis, and documentation of in vivo experiments
• Plan and perform pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) studies
• Perform biochemical and/or histological analyses on samples
• Assist in data analysis and interpretation
• Present results in lab and department meetings

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $66,000 and $120,000/year; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/23 through 12/31/23, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role:
• BS required in pharmacology, biochemistry, cell biology, or other life science area
• MS preferred
• Experience with handling, dosing, and phenotyping (including blood and tissue collection) in rodents is a must
• Proven expertise in PK/PD experimental design and execution
• Hands-on experience with histology, biochemical assays (e.g., protein and gene expression), RNA extraction and/or RT-qPCR and/or is highly desirable
• Drug discovery experience is desirable
• Experience in working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists
• Basic knowledge of statistics and experience with common statistical software for biomedical research
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
• Strong written, oral and record keeping skills

Our Expectations:
• An ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Flexibility and aptitude for learning, with a passion to drive groundbreaking science

Here you will:
• Join a team committed to bringing more of our medicines to more people, no matter where they are
• Work with the latest technologies
• Work with industry innovators on a regular basis

Why Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team’s representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Accessibility and reasonable accommodation
The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] call +1 (877) 395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

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At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine.

Our purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people's lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society's most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

Novartis has one of the industry’s most competitive pipelines. Many of these projects, which include new molecular entities as well as additional indications and different formulations for marketed products, are for medicines that could significantly advance treatment standards for patients worldwide.

We have entered an exciting era in health and biomedical innovation. Powered by our incredible colleagues, supported by our flexible-hybrid working model, new AI powered learning, personal growth and career platform and a refreshed commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion, we are well-poised to help lead this transformative moment for our industry and for ourselves. Join Us!

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