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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Principal Scientist, In Vivo Behavioral Pharmacology in Cambridge, Massachusetts


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50% of population in the US will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, with more than 1 in 25 adults living with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or depression. The Neuroscience Department at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research is seeking an experienced and highly motivated scientist to lead our behavior group. This is a lab head role in which the candidate will plan and execute behavior experiments in genetic and pharmacological rodent models, and evaluate novel treatments for psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

General responsibilities:

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Collaborating with scientists within the department and cross-functionally to design, execute, analyze and interpret rodent behavioral pharmacology studies.

• Managing associates and support staff to perform experimental procedures, including administration of therapeutics and behavior testing in mice and rats

• Implementing data analysis methods to interpret experimental results, and communicating data and conclusions to project teams and management to enable data-driven decisions

• Establishing/validating new behavior assays to support project team goals

• Writing/maintaining IACUC protocols, and preparing regulatory documents to support IND filing

• Ensuring that all experimental methods and results are saved in Electronic Laboratory Notebook in a timely fashion

• Providing mentorship and education/career advancement opportunities for associates


Position Title:

Principal Scientist, In Vivo Behavioral Pharmacology

Minimum requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

• The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Pharmacology or a related discipline and 3+ years managing a research lab with direct reports in an industrial setting, or 6+ years of relevant industry experience managing a research lab with direct reports

• A strong background in behavioral neuroscience and in vivo pharmacology, with experience establishing and validating new assays

• A record of scientific excellence in both academia and industry, and enthusiasm for tackling complex scientific challenges within a matrix organization

• Strong organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and an ability to rapidly establish and maintain productive collaborations

• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment

• Fluency in English

Additional, highly desirable qualifications:

• Experience performing rodent behavioral testing for cognitive functions and using computational methods for analyzing behavior data

• Familiarity with psychiatric and/or neurodevelopmental disease models

• Experience managing successful collaborations with CROs and academic partners

• Familiarity with in vivo assays for pharmacokinetic evaluations

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.

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Full Time



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Cambridge, MA

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Research & Development



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EEO Statement:

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 any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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