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Research Scientist, Necropsy/Histology, Preclinical Safety

Science and Research



Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Research Scientist, Necropsy/Histology, Preclinical Safety

Job ID


Mar 06, 2024


About the Role

The Preclinical Safety group in NIBR is engaged in all phases of drug discovery and development and plays a critical role in moving these breakthroughs into patients.

You will be part of a team conducting the postmortem (ex vivo) aspects of preclinical safety studies in various laboratory animal species (mainly rats and mice). Your work will support the broad Novartis portfolio including oncology, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular, renal and metabolic disease with diverse technology platform including chemistry, biotherapeutics, RNAs, cell and gene therapy and radioligand therapy. You will be key to help bring these innovative medicines to patients. As such you will work closely with a group of curious and energized scientists.

You will be joining a larger group which offer many opportunities for growth and development in other areas of preclinical and investigative safety including cross training to execute the in vivo aspects of preclinical studies, molecular pathology techniques, digital pathology, image analysis and electron microscopy.

Your key responsibilities will include:

-Planning and conduct of full rodent necropsy and histology procedures.

-Investigative studies that include other cutting edge activities might be conducted including tissue collection and preparation for molecular pathology and transmission/scanning electron microscopy.

-Scanning slides for digital pathology analysis

-Participating in study planning meetings

-Arrange sample containers for necropsy and histology slides

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

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Role Requirements

Essential Requirements:

AS/AAS degree in life sciences with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with necropsy and/or histology; BS/BA degree preferred.

• Computer skills in Office software.


• AALAS, HT, MT, MSA, Medical Technologist/Scientist (ASCP), or Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP) certifications.

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Novartis Compensation and Benefit Summary: The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $80,000 and $120,000/year ; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/24 through 12/31/24, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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Biomedical Research

Business Unit

Translational Medicine




Cambridge, MA

Company / Legal Entity


Functional Area

Research & Development

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work