Open Rank Scientist, Molecular Biology

Category:  Research

Beijing, Beijing, CN


Open rank Scientist in Molecular Biology, Novo Nordisk Research Centre China (NNRCC)

Are you passionate about discovering new drug targets and new molecular modalities to make a difference for the patients?  Are you highly motivated and looking for continuous development opportunities in a global research environment?  You could join us to drive the design of molecular tools to fuel target discovery and innovation in Novo Nordisk.


About the Unit

Novo Nordisk Research Centre China (NNRCC), an integrated part of Novo Nordisk Global Research in Denmark, has over 20 years of legacy as the first Pharmaceutical MNC research unit in China. We work to revolutionize drug discovery with advanced technologies to develop innovative treatments for people with Diabetes, Obesity and other serious chronic diseases. Our team is comprised of a group of prominent experts who are highly skilled, dedicated and collaborative. We have an engaging working environment with strong recognition of disruptive innovation and risk willingness.  At Novo Nordisk, we offer you a chance to drive the changes for the benefits of patients, as well as possibilities for professional and personal development.  Here in NNRCC, you will have access to our established world-class discovery platforms while contributing to the development and application of novel and emerging discovery technology platforms.  You will have the opportunities to work with our global research team throughout the entire drug discovery and development process. 


The Position

You are expected to be an enthusiastic scientist with sound expertise in molecular and cell biology and skilled in manipulating and engineering in vitro systems for target discovery and screening. The successful candidate should be highly motivated in exploring new disease targets as well as innovative technologies to facilitate drug discovery.

The position combines hands-on bench work with the leadership of scientific projects and mentorship of research associates. You will lead, build and expand the drug discovery engine within Molecular Biology Department. The overall responsibility include acting as a team member in the technology expertise area and lead new drug development as a project manager or coordinator in collaboration with global colleagues.


Key Responsibilities

  • Design and develop in vitro systems to express or knockdown genes of interest
  • Engineer cell lines for affinity, phenotype or function based assays
  • Manage and lead the design, production and engineering of diverse modalities (e.g., protein or nucleotide) for global pipelines
  • Contribute to new target discovery with both technological expertise and scientific insights
  • Utilize existing platform and explore innovative technologies to facilitate early R&D
  • Collaborate with global and local colleagues to expand internal competency of automation and digitalization
  • Function as department representative in evaluating and establishing external collaborations
  • Build and maintain strong network with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders



  • PhD in cell biology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, or relevant disciplines; working experience in industry or academia is preferred
  • Extensive experience in design and development of in vitro system to manipulate genes of interest (e.g., AAV, RNA, CRISPR, etc.)
  • Experience in engineering cell lines with artificial signalling pathways and reporter systems
  • Experience in high throughput screening is a plus
  • Expertise and experience in recombinant technologies and protein engineering would be preferred
  • Background in chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, NASH, CVD, CKD would be much preferred
  • Hands-on experience with various drug modalities (e.g., protein, peptide, antibody, mRNA, or oligonucleotide) is preferred
  • Demonstrated scientific creativity such as good track record of publication and/or proposing new hypothesis driven research projects
  • Strong ability to influence, communicate and collaborate with stakeholders across a global organization for driving the projects
  • Demonstrated expertise in scientific field and ability to apply skills to contribute to organization strategy
  • Knowledge and experience in bioinformatics, automation and digitalization would be preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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.