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Bristol Myers Squibb

Associate Scientist, Neuroscience Discovery Research

Science and Research



Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Working with Us
Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren’t words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

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When you join BMS, you are joining a diverse, high-achieving team united by a common mission.

The Neuroscience Thematic Research Center (TRC) is committed to development of transformational therapeutics for patients with neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases. We have built a network of external partnerships across multiple treatment modalities (small molecules, biologics and RNA targeting) that leverage our leadership in protein homeostasis and inflammation to attach neurological diseases. Internal research focuses on protein homeostasis by direct and ligand directed degradation, neuroinflammation and remyelination.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following approaches:

Disease modifying therapies for neurodegenerative, neuro-inflammatory and neuromuscular diseases; CNS targets that modulate protein homeostasis, protein clearance, inflammation and reduce or eliminate toxic protein production; Emerging technologies (RNA, DNA targeting, gene regulation, editing and replacement, vector optimization) that when matched to underlying disease genetics can deliver a precision medicine portfolio with a high probability of success to address unmet medical needs; Targets in orphan/rare neurological and neuromuscular diseases. AI/ML in target identification and neurology drug discovery; Translational tools and technologies such as digital neuroimaging and fluid biomarkers to track neurodegenerative diseases; Novel blood brain-barrier delivery technologies.

Here, you’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities that are uncommon in scale and scope. You’ll pursue innovative ideas while advancing professionally alongside some of the brightest minds in biopharma.

Position Summary:

The Associate Scientist will work in a small team dedicated to evaluation of new opportunities for drug discovery in neurodegenerative diseases affecting a large and growing number of patients throughout the world including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS. The group is focused on developing new cell-based approaches to rapidly model and modulate processes driving neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

Position Responsibilities:

In the role as an Associate Scientist within the Neuroscience TRC, the ideal candidate will:

  • Participate in target discovery, target validation, and drug discovery.

  • Use a variety of biological approaches including signal transduction assays, functional assays, and high content imaging to model degenerative processes and analyze the effect of target modulation.

  • Apply techniques to cell culture models including established cell lines, primary neurons and iPSC-derived cultures.

  • Have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects within our department, with external collaborators as well as lead their own projects.

Experience =

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

    • 2+ years of academic and / or industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate scientific discipline. Candidates with a Bachelors’ degree and significant post-graduate research experience are also encouraged to apply. Prior work experience in industrial settings is highly preferred.

  • Significant drug discovery experience emphasizing neuroscience and disease modeling, assay development and high throughput cell biology.

  • Demonstrated expertise in molecular and cell biology, signal transduction assays, microscopy and high content imaging.

  • Extensive expertise in mammalian cell culture is required: Construct delivery, generation of stable cell lines, clonal selection, etc. Utilization of iPSC systems particularly in neuroscience is highly preferred.

  • Ability to conduct experimental work independently, with accurate, detailed record-keeping.

  • Ability to summarize and interpret scientific data in a clear, concise and accurate manner.

  • Great oral and written communications with peers and supervisors and a good team player.



If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.

Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers
With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

On-site Protocol
Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

COVID-19 Information
To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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