Discovery Scientist in Ophthalmology

Suisse, Bâle-Ville, Basel

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At Roche, we believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as we develop innovations for the future. We are passionate about transforming patients’ lives and we are ambitious in both decision and action. And we believe that good business means a better world. That is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific rigour, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow.

Roche pRED Ophthalmology is in constant expansion. We are hiring new Scientists & Physicians to contribute to our development in order to deliver the best drugs to the Patients.

The position as a Discovery Scientist is in the Ophthalmology group in Basel of Roche’s Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) organization.  The Ophthalmology Group in pRED, Basel has a robust early development portfolio in both retinal and anterior segment diseases. We work closely with many internal and external experts across many specialties.

As a Discovery Scientist, your main responsibilities are:

  • Develop novel ideas and define new targets through either in-house research initiatives and/or academic collaborations.
  • Actively perform and oversee in vitro and/or in vivo experiments to test research hypotheses.
  • Lead or support research projects, which include championing a strategic research plan, leading a cross-functional project team, reporting on progress, and defining deliverables and deadlines.
  • Demonstrate scientific excellence in publishing and presenting at scientific meetings.
  • Strategic thinking towards transforming and differentiating therapies to help patients.

Scientifically, we are looking for an applicant with a strong background in retinal or anterior segment diseases with a good understanding of the associated pathomechanisms such as inflammation, fibrosis, neurodegeneration. Familiarity with respective in vivo and in vitro models of those ocular diseases, hands on experience with retinal imaging techniques and dissection of ocular tissue for subsequent sample preparation for downstream analyses is highly desirable.

Who you are:

With a PhD, you have conducted a post-doc in an appropriate field (industry experience preferred) in ophthalmology, neuroscience or related fields.

You have a strong publication record related to retinal or corneal research such as angiogenesis, inflammation or fibrosis and are familiar with respective ocular disease models.

You have hands-on experience with tissue culture and/or with animal handling and procedures, and are well organized and committed to formal record keeping.

You are a strong team player, and you foster a collaborative spirit with scientist and colleagues. You can adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment, are fluent in English and have good presentation and communication skills.

You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. You bring new ideas and also previous knowledge of inflammation in ophthalmology.

Are you ready to apply? Roche embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building teams that represents a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

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