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Research Associate - Obesity Job

Date: Mar 29, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA, US

Company: Novo Nordisk

About the Department
Imagine transforming the face of biomedical research and building world-class protein technology platforms in a state-of-the art facility. That’s what we do at Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI). Our scientists apply cutting-edge technologies to early discovery projects within the diabetes and obesity areas, with the goal of bringing molecules to market. Such projects include identifying protein-based therapies for obesity, diabetes, and adjacent therapeutic areas, and researching the next generation of medical devices. At the NNRCSI, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions. The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop in their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package, generous benefits, and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


Provides strong in vitro biology, pharmacology and safety support for new target and early drug discovery programs in Obesity Research. Position is responsible for research experiments and data integrity as assigned by management. Under guidance, this individual must be able to participate in the design and implementation of experiments specializing in cell culture/cell biology/signaling/assay development or metabolic phenotyping in rodents.


Reports to a member of the Obesity Research Unit leadership team. Internal relationships include working with research employees, project managers at the Seattle research facility, as well relationships with colleagues in other Novo Nordisk units worldwide. External relationships include biotech, academic and CRO partners in the obesity research and drug discovery/development community, including key opinion leaders.

  • Demonstrates a breadth of knowledge and skills to provide in vitro biology or in vivo pharmacology support for drug discovery efforts in Obesity Research. Assists in achieving business goals, shares learnings, knowledge and skills, and promotes cross-functional teamwork. Complete assignments of limited scope and complexity requiring a strong understanding and knowledge of techniques and practices related to the research area.
  • Ensures data integrity. Conducts data collection and routine data analysis.
  • Ensures proper documentation of experimental data. Maintains laboratory notebooks.
  • Identifies the correct methods and performs calculations for sample preparation. In collaboration with the research scientist, designs and performs laboratory research experiments.
  • Manages site inventory. Orders laboratory supplies and equipment. Maintains the laboratories and performs other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Works with Scientists to ensure better practice sharing and implementation within the lab.
  • Performs in vitro biology research to support multiple target discovery efforts. Demonstrates a high level of proficiency and understanding in area of cell culture and assay development
  • Approximately 5% overnight travel. Flexibility and willingness to adjust work hours as required by research needs. Some weekend and holiday work may be required.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 2+ years of experience required; Associate degree with 4+ years’ relevant experience may also be considered. Relevant experience is defined by the role as defined below.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong organization skills, careful attention to detail, ability to follow instructions and protocols precisely and reliably, and ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • The candidate must be able to multitask, be highly motivated, innovative and a strong team player.
  • Ability to manage large numbers of samples and independently track progress through varying stages of a process or project.
  • Experience in aseptic cell culture technique with knowledge of in vitro cell culture procedures, including standard cell culture techniques, primary cell culture and generation of stable cell lines.
  • Develop and conduct cell based and in vitro biochemical signaling assays.
  • Experience with cell based GPCR signaling assays and in vitro pharmacology would be a plus.
  • Experience in designing and executing cell-based screens in HTS format is also a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience with molecular biology techniques and analysis, such as: RNA and DNA extraction techniques; Quantitative PCR; Western Blot analysis; Experience working with rodent tissues also a plus.

Requisition ID: 59714BR
State/Provinces: Seattle
Job Category: Research

Nearest Major Market: Seattle

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