Mechanical Engineer I

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Mechanical Engineer I

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20 years of Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation – 4 FDA approved drugs; 15+ clinical candidates; 400+ patents. Join our mission to discover new ways to improve and extend people's lives in this exciting position based out of our La Jolla, CA location.

Inventing solutions where none exist! As part of the engineering team, the role of the Mechanical Engineer I is to develop new technology for drug discovery that will directly impact patient’s lives. GNF is undertaking innovative and challenging research efforts and we need your help to enable amazing science which will discover new medicines for patients. The GNF engineering team is an essential contributor and partner to the science, driving innovation to address some of society's most challenging healthcare issues. Our scientists increasingly recognize the impact engineering can have on research programs and are eager for you to put your stamp on it.

We are looking for someone who loves to design. Someone who can think on their feet and take projects from start to finish. Projects vary from hand held devices to room sized robotic automation. If you are a creative individual who is excited to apply engineering principles that lead to new disease cures and treatments, then this position is for you.

Your key responsibilities:
• Innovate with a self-starter attitude to develop ground breaking solutions to new problems as we advance the technology our scientists use daily
• Collaborate closely with scientists, other engineering and manufacturing disciplines to innovate novel research solutions through rapid prototyping techniques.
• Partner with team to design, optimize, and maintain life cycle of production products.


What you'll bring to the role:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
• Entry-level (0-2 years’ experience)
• Strong aptitude for mechanical design
• Well rounded engineering understanding for complex system design and development
• Must be a team player through and through as all projects are team based
• An agile mind, with the ability to learn quickly, and analytical problem solving ability

Desirable Expertise In:
• CAD experience is helpful

Why Novartis?
769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, 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.

Join our Novartis Network: If this role is not suitable to your experience or career goals but you wish to stay connected to hear more about Novartis and our career opportunities, join the Novartis Network here: https://talentnetwork.novartis.com/network

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.



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La Jolla, CA

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Research & Development

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Full Time

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Shift Work