We are right now looking for a Director to join us at the Novo Nordisk Research Centre in Oxford to lead the department of Discovery Technology and Genomics and discover new targets in Type 2 Diabetes and cardiometabolic disease. You will be based at the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) in the UK, which is a strategic alliance between Oxford University and Novo Nordisk. We invite you to join us and to make this a success.
About Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) NNRCO is Novo Nordisk’s new Translational Research Unit (TRU) focused on biology and target discovery across the broad spectrum of cardiometabolic disease. We aim to combine the very best of academia, biotech and big pharma, fusing deep understanding of disease biology, an agile creative culture and drug development. NNRCO will be a world-leading research site focused on asking the big and difficult questions and delivering high impact science. We will use genetics, functional genomics, human-centric disease models and computational biology to develop an unparalleled understanding of cardiometabolic disease and deliver therapies that transform the lives of patients.
Our location in the heart of the University of Oxford medical campus enables two-way collaborations with some of the best medical scientists in the world. These collaborations will include strategic investments in areas of mutual interest as well as jointly supervised PhD students and postdocs.
You can read more about Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford at: https://www.novonordisk.com/research-and-development/science-and-innovation/global-r-and-d-centres/novo-nordisk-research-centre-oxford.html
As Director, you will lead the Discovery Technology and Genomics department focusing on establishing and running a world-class department with a focus on screening, discovery and translational research and applying technologies such as high throughput imaging, genomics, proteomics, CRISPR editing, single-cell sequencing, etc., to human samples and human centric in vitro models. These approaches provide opportunities to elucidate the function of genes, proteins and peptides in human model context and to identify targets and key biology with high translational potential for therapeutics. The department consists of Specialists, Scientists and Postdocs. Important elements of this position are innovation as well as creative and flexible thinking. The successful Director will drive novel ideas derived from big data, human-centric models and genomics for target identification and validation.
As Director you will be leading and building state-of-the-art department and hold the day-to-day managerial responsibility of the department’s employees as well as represent NNRCO in scientific collaborations with external research groups and universities. You will also act as a strategic project manager and define and set the strategic direction for research aligned with the targets and priorities set by our Global Drug Discovery strategy, leading to the identification and validation of new targets for diabetes and cardiometabolic disease. You will be responsible for developing stem cell models of human tissue and disease and validate targets derived from genetic and computational biology screens. You ensure compliance and secure a smooth facilitation of cross-organizational collaborations. You will act as a supervisor for the team members and take part in co-supervision of students and fellows with Oxford University and other academic institutions. The Director reports directly into the NNRCO Site Head and is a member of the Site management team.
Global travel is to be expected.
PhD and/or MD, or equivalent. Must have significant post-doctoral training/experience in a directly relevant field and established internationally recognized excellence. Industrial experience in target discovery and/or proof of working in translational science is a prerequisite. Further to this a good eye for automatic screens and automation will be appreciated. Independently managed an academic and/or industrial research group in several years with a proven track record is essential for this position.
Personal Skills: As a leader, you develop your team and set high standards for behaviour and performance across the organisation, in accordance with the Novo Nordisk Way.
As an individual, you thrive in a dynamic and challenging translational research environment with attention to high quality and high ambitions and have a positive mind-set and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Furthermore, you are: • Innovative, open to new ideas and with a forward looking strategic mindset • A strong communicator with solid presentation skills, including English proficiency • A strong internal and external networker, with profound stakeholder management and negotiation skills • Flexible and adaptable to change, striving in a highly dynamic and challenging environment
Working at Novo Nordisk
At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition help us change lives for diabetes patients to the better. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talents and you will benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.
For further information, please contact Nana Fernanda Nielsen at +45 3077 6105