Temporary Scientific Associate - CNS in-vivo neuropharmacology


Basel Area - Allschwil, BL, CH



About Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients.

In order to achieve this, we will develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical company, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a European biotech hub - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet – the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 600 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.


We are seeking a motivated Scientific Associate on a temporary basis for up to 12 months, starting in January 2020.


Job Responsibilities


•    Design and perform pharmacological studies in models of neurodegeneration (rats and mice) to evaluate the efficacy of novel CNS drug candidates
•    Perform stereotaxic injections of Adeno-Associated Viral vectors (AAV) in rats and mice 
•    Actively contribute to the set up of new animal models for neurodegenerative disorders
•    Participate to the documented selection of relevant behavioral (mainly motor) tests and run the tests
•    Perform necropsy and sampling of relevant tissue (brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, blood), microdissection of specific brain regions may be needed
•    Carry out ex vivo analysis (mainly immunohistochemistry and western blot)
•    Responsible for the efficient planning, detailed analysis and accurate documentation of
experiments and presentation of results in a multidisciplinary environment


Candidate’s Requirements


•    Education as a lab technician or Master of Science in Neuroscience
•    Strong experience in vivo biology/neurobiology (rodents behavioral pharmacology,
stereotaxic surgery)
•    Recognized as an animal experimenter (LTK1 or equivalent)
•    Experience in models of neurodegenerative diseases (especially Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is considered a plus
•    Ability to plan, methodically perform, carefully analyze, accurately document experiments and present results
•    Scientifically curious, willing to learn new techniques and skills
•    Flexible and motivated to work in a team
•    Excellent knowledge of English (verbal and written)


What Idorsia offers


  • Exciting opportunities  for development and professional growth within our dynamic organization
  • A collaborative and solution-oriented environment where you can make a difference
  • An innovative and open culture in a truly multicultural environment
  • A competitive salary and generous social benefits


Work Location: Allschwil

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Preclinical Development

Schedule: Fulltime

Job Type: Temporary

Job ID: 1305


If you are interested, please click on apply now.

Please be informed that if you are selected for this position, your employment will be subject to a pre-employment background screening process, of which you would be informed in greater detail in due course.

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