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Senior Scientist - Biology Job

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Novo Nordisk A/S.

Indianapolis, IN

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The Peptide Therapeutic Discovery Department at Novo Nordisk Research Center Indianapolis, Inc. (NNRCI) will focus on the discovery of peptide and protein-based bio-therapeutics for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. This position will play a critical role in moving projects from target validation to clinical candidate selection.


Reports to the Director of Biology, or a similar seasoned research scientist. Internal relationships include the project teams and research colleagues at the NNRCI and globally at Novo Nordisk research laboratories. External relationships include relevant parts of the peptide & protein sciences biology community.

Essential Functions

The qualified individual will work in a group responsible for biological characterization of mechanism of action and the development of in vitro potency assays for novel proteins and peptides. The candidate will be primarily responsible for the development and implementation of binding, enzymatic and various in vitro cell-based assays. Lead the design, assembly, quality assessment and repetitive performance of in vitro biological assay in an independent manner for purposes of characterizing peptide and protein drug candidates. This includes versatility in rapid recruitment of new molecular reagents and their integration to a cellular format that is sufficiently robust to support drug development. Design, plan, and execute the experiments to thoroughly characterize peptides, proteins for purposes of assessing potency, selectivity and maximal efficacy. This scientist will be responsible for archiving biological results to support external presentations, including any regulatory documents associated with advancement to clinical study. Design, implement, and perform workflow cascades for protein engineering projects that include recombinant protein expression, biophysical characterization, and high throughput bioanalytical screening including cell-based functional assays. Accurately interpret experimental data, formulate conclusions, and communicate data internally and externally. Track novel biochemical methods and related technologies that can be employed at the NNRCI to drive molecular innovation in peptide & protein engineering and formulation. Maintains up-to-date scientific awareness and expertise in the fields of drug discovery and metabolic diseases by attending relevant conferences and frequent review of recent scientific articles and patent literature. Capable of working independently and proactively, while tracking publically accessible competitive activity, most notably proficient in the interpretation and assembly of patent applications. Effectively communicate with supervisor, colleagues and external key opinion leaders to promote a world-class research environment. Visible contribution to external community by publishing and presenting, as deemed corporately appropriate. May lead research projects and programs through cross collaboration of onsite teams as well as global research within Novo Nordisk. Understanding of the requirements and experience with the process of transitioning a preclinical discovery to a clinical candidate.

Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.


* PhD in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Signal Transduction, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology. Substantial relevant experience may be substituted for PhD requirement

* Minimum of 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience, or equivalent

* Minimum of 3 years of industry experience in pharmaceutical research and development, or equivalent

* Experience with statistical analysis of bioassays and traditional cell culture techniques

* Ability to exercise discretion and autonomous judgment in developing protocols, methods, and techniques used to obtain results for challenging biological questions

* Ability to thoroughly evaluate and critique results obtained within the department, with particular emphasis on troubleshooting inter-assay variance

* Outstanding written and oral communication skills, and interpersonal skills to seamlessly fit within a teamwork driven environment

* Demonstrated ability to work independently within cross-functional teams to meet specific goals

* Demonstrated strong understanding of complex scientific procedures with technical proficiency

* Prior work in Pharma/Biotech or close exposures to R&D process in a commercial setting will be considered an additional strength

Novo Nordisk is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Department Research and Non-clinical Development

Position Location US - Indianapolis, Indiana

City Indianapolis

State/Provinces US - IN

Job/Position Country US

At Novo Nordisk, we know that driving change on a global level and improving treatment outcomes for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases begins here at home. That's why we make an unmatched commitment to our employees, our families and our communities. That means outstanding rewards, industry-leading training programs, and an environment that supports you to achieve your goals at every level. It's all part of the Novo Nordisk Way. It includes our Vision and our commitment to the Triple Bottom Line principle – helping us find the right balance between compassion and competitiveness

With a career at Novo Nordisk, you’ll feel a difference right from the start. It’s a sense of inspiration and mobility that comes from a shared belief in driving positive change for people, families, and communities everywhere. Congratulations on taking your first step!

Novo Nordisk is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Novo Nordisk will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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At Novo Nordisk, we are driving change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions. Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: haemophilia, growth disorders and obesity. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 41,700 people in 77 countries and markets its products in more than 165 countries.

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