Novartis Postdoctoral Fellowships

Two postdoctoral fellowships are currently available at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Emeryville.

One area of research includes studies of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-containing outer cell membrane in Gram-negative bacteria.   The discovery of inhibitors of LPS synthesis is complicated by the absence of reliable methods for assaying the biosynthesis and transport of nascent LPS in intact bacteria. Our group of medicinal chemists, microbiologists, and biochemists will use advanced chemical and biological techniques to further our understanding of LPS dynamics and support the identification of novel medicines that target this synthetic pathway.

An additional area of research focuses on the development of new diverse, covalent post-translational fusions to both assess protein construct behavior prior to purification and to modify cellular phenotype.  The systematic preparation of these constructs, enhanced by chemical labeling of one or more fusion partners, will enable the development of novel purification and analysis strategies and lead to novel methods for the interrogation of protein function.

We welcome applications from chemical scientists with a strong record of scientific accomplishment.  Given the highly integrated nature of the proposed research, outstanding candidates with expertise in organic synthesis, protein sciences, or other areas of chemical biology will be considered.

The Novartis Postdoctoral Program provides accomplished scholars with a unique opportunity to perform innovative, interdisciplinary research in a pharmaceutical setting.   Postdoctoral fellows collaborate in the design and implementation of their research plan and publish their results in leading journals.  As Novartis employees working side-by-side with pharmaceutical scientists, they are also are able to learn about the drug discovery process.  Collaboration with appropriate academic advisors will be encouraged, and we will consider applications from candidates who wish to prepare for a career in either academia or industry.

The starting salary for postdoctoral fellows is $55,000, and compensation includes health insurance, 401k matching, and other benefits.  The Novartis Emeryville campus is located 3 miles south of the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our institute has strong interactions with the many leading academic institutions and biotechnology companies in the surrounding area.  Interested candidates can find more information at the following links:



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Zachary K. Sweeney
Senior Research Investigator
4560 Horton Street
Emeryville, CA 94608-2916


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