Open Rank Scientist-Cell Biology

Job description

Job description


Beijing, China Mainland

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NovoNordisk Research Center China

Location: Changping District, Beijing


The position
Biologist, cell biology

Key areas of responsibility
Take key responsibility in driving the future development of human translatable in vitro assays including those based on primary human cells, ES / iPSCs derived cells, organoids and 3D co-culture systems. Use these cell biology platforms to support various pipeline projects, discovery / validation of new therapeutic targets in areas of diabetes, obesity, heart failure, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease and NASH. Furthermore, you will be expected to leverage the innovation culture, mentor colleagues, and promote the collaboration culture both internally and globally. 

You will be involved in cross-functional project teams with colleagues from many different scientific backgrounds both in China and in global sites located in Denmark (headquarter location), UK and USA. You will be a key person in projects and responsible for the use of in vitro assays in the project. You will be the department representative in projects where you are expected to seek influence based on the data you generate and by keeping up to date with the scientific literature. 

You will be referring directly to the department head at Department of Biology, and your main internal contacts in your daily work will be scientist colleagues, research associates, project members, and managers both in Beijing and global. Furthermore, developing and maintaining a strong external network is also going to be an important part of your work. 


•    Ph.D. in biology, medicine or chemistry, or a relevant scientific discipline

•    Hands-on experience and biology understanding in diabetes and obesity disease areas is a must.
•    Extensive experience and in-depth understanding of cell-based assays, and relevant experience in primary human cells, ES / iPSCs derived cells, skeletal muscle culture systems are desirable.
•    Minimum 2-3 years of postdoctoral training or equivalent industrial experience is preferred

•    Experience in bioinformatics, omics, functional genomics and / or AI assisted drug discovery is a strong plus
•    Excellent track records of innovation, independence and scientific accomplishments of high value
•    Excellent communication and collaboration skills

•    Fluent in English

About us
Novo Nordisk is a focused healthcare company with 95 years of innovation, and a world leader in diabetes care. Discovery Biology China (DBC) of Novo Nordisk Research Centre China is an integrated part of Novo Nordisk R&D organization. At Discovery Biology China (DBC), we drive drug discovery and pipeline development by offering a wide area of expertise from in vitro biology to in vivo pharmacology. At Novo Nordisk Research Center China (NNRCC), we offer you a chance to drive the changes for the benefits of patients, as well as possibilities for professional and personal development.  

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.