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Scientist I – Global Drug Discovery

Novo Nordisk
March 28, 2024
Watertown, MA
Job Type
Work Setting


Our Boston Research & Development hub, anchored in the greater Boston area, brings together the best minds in life science innovation. The teams located in facilities in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge reflect the full R&D continuum, from early research through late-stage clinical development. Here, we are building for the future, creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. Our greater Boston R&D hub merges biotech speed and agility with large pharmaceutical company quality, resources, and stability, uniting the best of both worlds to develop new medicines for patients.

Job Summary

The Scientist I will provide major contributions to the identification and validation of new drug targets, advancing novel therapies to the clinic, and developing technologies to accelerate scientific research. This will be achieved by independently designing and executing experiments, coordinating with cross-functional teams, and ensuring completion of project key deliverables. The Scientist I will represent the organization to the external scientific community through publication and presentation of research, and through active participation in external collaborations.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Major contributor to research projects (target, biology, or technology-related) through hands-on independent work of highly complex tasks involving multiple experimental activities and groups. Handles most situations independently and with routine, receives minimal guidance, but will seek advice and guidance on more complex issues.
  • Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and skills to support the development, optimization, and management of research protocols of high complexity to advance multiple drug discovery efforts with limited supervisor input. Demonstrates deep understanding of subject matter (regarding specific technology & its use; specific biology; specific target; etc.). and may occasionally demonstrate subject matter expertise.
  • Analyzes complex data with high degree of sophistication, connecting disparate datasets to reach conclusions and set direction on experiments. Contributes strong scientific acumen to enable projects and advance the research agenda. Authors internal reports and external publications with limited guidance from supervisor.
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates across global sites and guides project strategy by providing expert input to cross-functional project teams. Expected to represent the organization at external conferences and global meetings by contributing to authorship and publication of scientific papers and patents. Proposes, participates and may lead external collaborations.
  • Maintains a strong understanding of theoretical knowledge and a connection to the external scientific community through continuous evaluation of relevant literature. Expands the capabilities of early target discovery through the generation of new target ideas, evaluation of biology or methods, and implementation of technologies that add value.
  • Leads cross-functional experimental teams to achieve project goals, mentor junior staff, and provide training. May mentor or indirectly supervise less experienced team members.
  • Influences the research pipeline by recommending, presenting, and championing new targets or methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify biology-, target-, or technology-focused gaps and questions, and to propose solutions for long-term benefit of department, site, or company.
  • Works with Department Heads and Scientists to ensure better practice sharing and implementation within the research environment.
  • Achieves business goals, shares learnings, knowledge, skills, and promotes cross-functional teamwork.
  • Develops superior cross-cultural understanding to effectively interact with relevant stakeholders in the global organization.


  • Bachelor 's degree within subject matter expertise required.
  • 12+ years’ relevant experience required, or a Master’s degree with 8+ years’ relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree with 2+ years’ post-doctoral and/or industry relevant experience can be considered.
  • Relevant required experience includes: insert subject matter expertise.
  • Preferred experience includes: insert subject matter preferred experience.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates superior project management knowledge, as well as strong organizational and time-management skills.
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