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Looking for a life-changing and rewarding career within research and development? Join the Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Safety (MARS) graduate programme!


The programme has been designed to develop the next generation of specialists and leaders within drug development and will give you the opportunity to make a difference to the millions of people who rely on our products.


About the MARS graduate programme
When you join the Medical, Regulatory and Safety departments at Novo Nordisk, you’ll contribute to a line of business that’s integral to driving drug development within our organisation. It will give you comprehensive knowledge of three key departments in the drug development value chain: Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and Safety.


The programme brings you through the regulatory approval process for our innovative products in Regulatory Affairs, the management of external key opinion leader relationships in Medical Affairs, and the Safety department’s monitoring and assessment of side effects worldwide. You will get to know the drug development process from multiple stakeholder angles, enabling you to find several areas where your competencies and interests coincide. This is a great opportunity for future R&D leaders and specialists to gain international experience in a world-leading company that truly offers a life-changing career.


The position

During the 2-year programme you will undertake three challenging and exciting rotations of 8-months duration. Two rotations will be at our headquarter in Denmark and one will be in one of our global affiliates, for example Brazil, the United States, Dubai or Switzerland. You will work as a fully-fledged member of the team, with responsibilities for one or more projects, and play an instrumental role in ensuring that the Novo Nordisk R&D organisation realises its vision of achieving and sustaining best in class medicine to make a difference for patients.


Throughout your learning journey in the graduate programme, you will receive formal training and gain knowledge and invaluable international experience leading to both professional and personal development. Managers and mentors as well as a huge, global network of current and former graduates are ready to guide and support you along the way. You will develop your core skills within areas such as developing and submitting marketing applications for new products, product changes, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, stakeholder engagement, educational material creation and developing publication plans. You will work closely with other departments in Novo Nordisk to ensure that issues are covered in their projects; and improving regulatory processes and pharmacovigilance even further.


Working at Novo Nordisk

As a world leader in diabetes care, working at Novo Nordisk allows you the opportunity to make a significant difference to patients and society, while also providing you with the ability to deliver exciting results from a business perspective in a global pharmaceutical company.


Joining Novo Nordisk should appeal to you not just because we respect and value our employees, but also because of what we do to change the lives of millions of people around the world. To work here you need to be highly ambitious, have a team player mind-set and enjoy working in a global and culturally-diverse organisation.



The ideal candidate for the MARS graduate programme, will have:


  • A relevant master’s degree from 2020 or 2021 in natural science, for example within pharmacy, chemical engineering, biology, biotechnology, biomedicine or a related field, and above average academic achievements
  • International experience, for example from studying a full semester abroad, working or volunteering*
  • Relevant work experience or extracurricular activities obtained next to your studies
  • Global outlook, ability to adapt quickly to change and displaying agility
  • Excellent communication skills, be a team-player, have a high drive and an eagerness to learn
  • Professional fluency in English and be globally mobile


*if Covid-19 restrictions have prevented you from obtaining (additional) international experience, e.g. studying or completing an internship abroad, feel free to still apply and explain what your plans were, how they changed and what relevant experience you have gained instead.


If you meet the criteria and are interested in joining the programme, we look forward to receiving your application no later than 6 January 2021 GMT+1.


Be sure to read below details on the application process.



Click here to see all our other graduate programmes and learn more about the application process. On this site you can also chat with some of our current graduates Thursdays until 17 December 2020 and on 4, 5 and 6 January 2021.


For questions about the MARS Programme, please contact our current graduate Stella Felsch, +45 3075 3618.


Important: Prepare this before you apply
Before you click the “apply now” button please ensure you have prepared your CV, latest transcript and motivational letter.

In the motivational letter, we would like to learn more about your motivation: why do you want to join the pharmaceutical industry, Novo Nordisk and the Graduate Programme; about your expectations: what are your expectations to the Graduate Programme and how will the programme support your career aspirations and lastly we want to learn more about your fit: which personal and professional competences make you a great fit for the graduate programme.

Lastly, you will be asked to record a 1-minute video sharing what your career aspiration is and how you think the MARS Graduate Programme will contribute to your journey towards achieving this.


Please note that the application and video should be in English.

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World leader in diabetes care with a growing business in other treatment areas like haemophilia. More than 42,300 employees in 75 countries

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