Jun 07, 2022

Job Description

8 million plus lives are lost every year to infectious and tropical diseases. Within the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) situated in the San Francisco Bay Area is dedicated to finding new therapies to treat and prevent a range of noncommunicable and infectious conditions, with an emphasis on global health diseases. With full access to NIBR know-how, NITD has a highly collaborative culture and maintains close links with academic centers of excellence and a broad range of philanthropic and governmental organizations around the globe (e.g., Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative and NIH). NITD is renowned for applying cutting-edge technologies to the discovery of high-quality clinical candidates for the treatment of global health diseases.

The NITD group is seeking an innovative and highly motivated virologist to support programs focusing on emerging viruses and pandemic preparedness. The successful candidate is a scientist with a strong background in virology, a high degree of creativity and independence and used to working in an interactive environment. As part of a multidisciplinary team focused on RNA viruses, the candidate will independently design experiments, analyze data, write study reports and present data to support both discovery and clinical virology projects.

Specifically, the candidate will:
• Design and implement virology experiments to support advancement of pre-clinical & clinical candidates
• Serve as the virology representative for pre-clinical and clinical projects
• Develop drug resistance monitoring plans to support clinical candidates
• Manage clinical sample analysis
• Write clinical and non-clinical documents for regulatory submissions
• Demonstrate ability to manage a number of projects simultaneously
• Work cross functionally in a complex and fast-pace research organization
• Work with external collaborators and contract research organizations
• Present findings at internal and external scientific meetings
• Maintain deep understanding in antiviral research in industry and academia

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

Here's what you will bring to the role:

• PhD and postdoctoral training in virology or related life science disciplines with proven high-impact achievements, and at least 3 years of drug discovery experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company
• Hands-on-experience and subject matter expertise in virology
• Experience supporting both clinical and non-clinical antiviral programs
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Innovative mindset and strong collaborative spirit
• Positive attitude and “can-do” mentality

Why Consider 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 teams’ representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations:
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.

While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to [email protected]

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Emeryville, CA
Research & Development
Full Time
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(Sr) Principal Scientist, Virology – Institute for Tropical Diseases

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