6,000! That’s the number of associates with Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

The In Vivo Surgical Associate is a highly technical, specialized professional position responsible for organizing and driving on study surgical collaboration and leading surgical trainings. High quality and consistent outcome on surgeries, clear and decisive surgical training, and study design/implementation with research staff within our multi-building, multi-discipline research program are accomplished. Supplemental tasks in assisting the Manager, study design & operational implementation, and other delegated programmatic oversight duties as specified are performed.

Your responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Principally responsible for daily, hands-on technical in vivo surgical collaboration (i.e. on study surgeon).
  • Often responsible for daily, in vivo surgical training (i.e. provide surgical training to trainee)
  • Often responsible for quality control and team development
  • Routinely responsible for managing assigned surgical collaboration and liaising regularly with assigned research department personnel
  • Routinely responsible for pursuing and providing learning/professional development opportunities, enhancing/expanding skill set, and reviewing LAS SOPs/techniques
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with all institutional and regulatory protocols, policies, and guidelines
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • 4-year Science degree, or an equivalent combination of experience along with higher education are required.
  • Minimum of 7+ experience in a surgical skills tract laboratory animal program required.
  • LATg Certification desirable or pursued after start.
  • Excellent mathematic & compound dose/volume administration calculation skills.
  • Superior written and oral communication and data documentation skills required.
  • Strong knowledge of applicable scientific areas of focus.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, local (Animal Welfare) laws, Departmental SOP’s and Good Laboratory Practices.
  • Thorough understanding and comprehension of operational facts, techniques, nomenclature, equipment, theories, etc. as they relate specifically to job performance function in the laboratory animal research environment.

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