Investigator II Discovery Chemistry / Novartis - GNF

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Investigator II Discovery Chemistry / Novartis - GNF

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4 FDA approved drugs; 15+ clinical candidates; 400+ patents; 1000+ peer-reviewed articles; 20 years of GNF history!

As a new Investigator II in Discovery Chemistry you will contribute to the identification of the next wave of clinical candidates and FDA approved drugs from GNF. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team that advances the boundaries of science and you will productively and creatively apply synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry expertise and techniques to shape the directions of our innovative drug discovery projects. In addition, you will influence other department activities, solve problems and advise others on their key decision-making experiments.

Your responsibilities include, but not limited to:
 Positively impact the direction of drug discovery projects at all stages through tactical/strategic decisions and independent judgment, while recognizing the scientific potential of new concepts and expanding their application
 Work independently in a highly dynamic environment and effectively collaborate with colleagues from other scientific disciplines, including molecular modeling, structural biology, biophysics, biochemistry, in vitro/in-vivo metabolism and pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and disease biology to advance drug discovery projects
 Perform experimental work including the design and synthesis of target molecules for biological evaluation and critically analyze the team’s chemical and biological data in order to design new derivatives that address key issues for the project
 Demonstrate scientific leadership within the project team or department and direct, organize, motivate and supervise other scientists, possibly as a direct supervisor and/or a project leader
 Maintain an exceptional, state of the art, expertise in synthetic and medicinal chemistry and drug discovery; evaluate and implement new technologies, techniques, reactions and concepts; publish and lecture at internal and external meetings

What you’ll bring to the role:
 PhD in organic chemistry or related field. Fluent English (oral and written).
 2-5 years of industrial experience in drug discovery
 Scientific curiosity, creativity and dedication to resiliently pursue novel concepts and technologies
 Strong publication record demonstrating ability to conduct research projects independently and collaboratively
 Innovative problem solving and expertise in reaction and drug properties optimizations

Desirable Requirements:
 Completed Postdoctoral Fellowship
 Mentoring and leadership experience; led a project or team

You’ll receive:
World-class total reward package: competitive salary, annual bonus, health insurance, 20 days annual leave, subsidized dining facilities, employee recognition scheme, development and learning opportunities.

Why consider Novartis?

817 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018. 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.

Join us and help us reimagine medicine.

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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San Diego, CA

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Novartis Inst for Fun Gen inc

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Research & Development

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Full Time

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Shift Work