Call for Applications for the Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship

About the program

The Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship offers aspiring drug hunters a unique opportunity to join our teams at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the innovation engine of Novartis. Mentored by experienced NIBR scientists, Innovation Fellows will gain first-hand experience in the design and development of breakthrough therapies and innovative technologies. We are looking for Innovation Fellows who will harness their scientific creativity and natural curiosity to help bring transformative treatments to patients. Join us as we reimagine medicine together.

Program highlights

  • Program duration: 2-3 years
  • Mentorship & access to technology: Innovation Fellows will drive a multi-year research project under the mentorship of distinguished NIBR scientists and have access to NIBR state-of-the-art technology platforms to achieve their research goals 
  • Curriculum: at the start of their Fellowship, Innovation Fellows will attend a comprehensive training series (boot camp), including dedicated courses covering the fundamentals of drug discovery and development as well as a communication skill workshop
  • Short-term rotations: Innovation Fellows will participate in a tailored rotation schedule in both scientific and business-related disciplines to broaden their exposure and skillset 
  • Fireside chats with local leading scientists and entrepreneurs 
  • Community: Innovation Fellows will join our vibrant postdoctoral community for dedicated events, including the monthly postdoctoral seminars and our annual Research Day Symposium 

Who are the Innovation Fellows?

  • Early-career scientists (MD and/or PhD), with terminal degree received within the last 3 years (students graduating in the next 5 months are eligible to apply)
  • Dedicated to translating scientific discoveries into medicines that improve human health 
  • All scientific and technical disciplines welcome (biology, chemical biology, chemistry, computational and data sciences, and more)
  • Strong publication record or other scientific achievements (i.e. awards, patents) 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and boundless curiosity

How to Apply

To apply for the Innovation Fellowship at either our Basel (CH) or Cambridge, MA (US) site, you must use the link to the application portal below. Please note that this on-line application process requires uploading a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter in a pdf file format. In the cover letter, please include a potential area of unmet medical need where you believe you could make an impact.

Use this link: to select the relevant program and begin the application process. The application link will be active only during the open application periods:

  • Cambridge, MA Fellowships: March 1st to April 14th, 2021
  • Basel, CH Fellowships: March 1st to April 29th, 2021

Applicants will receive an automated email notification that their application has been received. All applications will be evaluated by a review team comprised of NIBR discipline experts. Candidates selected as finalists will be invited for an all-day virtual interview in May/June 2021. New Innovation Fellows will be expected to start in September 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Please note that we are not able to accept or respond to applications sent by email.

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