Head of Drug Discovery Pharmacology Laboratory (80-100%*)

    • Basel, Switzerland

Job Description
6000! That's the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

Applications are invited for a Laboratory Head of Drug Discovery Pharmacology in Oncology Research that will carry out cutting-edge in vivo pharmacology research together with leading basic research groups within NIBR.
The candidate will be responsible for leading a team of pharmacology associates performing drug discovery pharmacology within the small molecule, biologics and other therapeutic modalities. The candidate will manage an in vivo pharmacology lab and supervise a team of associates to support their project responsibilities and contribute to team held objectives that include investigations of drug mechanisms of action, pharmacodynamics readouts and explore therapeutic hypotheses.

We seek a highly motivated, passionate, curious and collaborative scientist with demonstrated experience in all facets of oncology drug discovery and preclinical development in a biotech or pharma setting. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of tumor intrinsic biology, preclinical pharmacology, and mechanisms of response and resistance to cancer targeted therapies. The selected candidate will lead drug discovery pharmacology efforts and work closely with global cross-functional teams, including medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical toxicology, PK sciences and translational oncology biology, to advance novel ideas from scientific concept stage to human clinical trials.

Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to thrive in a matrix environment are required. The successful candidate will have the presentation skills to influence and inform scientific decisions at senior management, cross-functional or external meetings. The candidate will have opportunities to develop and foster external partnerships or academic collaborations to advance internal programs, as appropriate.

NIBR is committed to people development, and we foster a learning environment to build scientific and leadership skills. In addition to leading scientific projects, candidate will also be able to participate in and lead site initiatives, and influence broader portfolio, strategic and business development decisions. The position is based at the Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research (www.nibr.com) in Basel, Switzerland.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Lead a pharmacology laboratory and drive the project decision-making process, conceptualize and drive research projects to completion
• Engage in independent research that will lead to innovative findings and novel fundamental insights within the portfolio
• Lead global cross-functional projects and external collaborations

Minimum requirements
What you'll bring to the role:

• Ph.D. in pharmacology, bioengineering, biotechnology or related field
• Excellent leadership skills to guide and mentor a team of scientific associates
• At least 5 years of industry-relevant experience in drug discovery pharmacology
• Meticulous, independent and self-motivated personality with a drive to learn new techniques, expand knowledge and take on responsibilities
• The position requires excellent communication skills in English and the motivation to work independently within a global team

Why consider Novartis?

799 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while we're proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you're given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you're empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you're surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world's toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. 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.

Some restrictions on flexible working options may apply and will be discussed during interview if applicable.

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