Open Rank Scientist , cell biology

Category:  Research

Beijing, Beijing, CN


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. 


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk you will work with specialists from around the world. Our ambitious teams work toward developing the next generation of care. We offer unique possibilities for personal and professional development, as well as a chance to work alongside the best in the field.





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
  • Extensive experience and in-depth understanding of cell-based assays, and relevant experience in primary human cells, ES / iPSCs derived cells, organoids and in vitro co-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
  • Hands-on experience and biology understanding in one or more of the following disease areas is a strong plus: diabetes, obesity, heart failure, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease and NASH
  • Excellent track records of innovation, independence and scientific accomplishments of high value
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Fluent in English


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk we recognise 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 the communities we operate in.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.

Millions rely on us 

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.