Associate Scientist I/II AstraZenecaLocation: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-013844
Posted date: Sep. 08, 2017
If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.
MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease. As an Associate Scientist I/II, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.
We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.
MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The Associate Scientist I/Associate Scientist II will be part of the Immune Oncology (IO) team. Responsibilities include running in vitro human primary cell-based immunoassays to develop IO biologics for cancer therapy and possibly in vivo mouse models to elucidate mechanism of action of these agents.
The candidate is expected to have industrial experience in developing and optimizing biologics. The job will involve design of experiments, execution of experiments and relevant assays in the lab, statistical analysis of data, recording of experiments in lab notebook, writing reports, presenting in meetings, and working with external vendors. The candidate will be expected to maintain current knowledge of scientific literature as well as take initiative to identify and solve scientific and technical challenges of the field. While the candidate will work in a focused the development of biologics under the direction and general supervision from manager, a high degree of independence and ownership is expected in this role. Due to the nature of cell-based experiments, occasional weekend and holiday work is required.
Associate Scientist I: BS in biological sciences plus 5-8 years relevant laboratory experience or MS in biological sciences plus 3-6 years relevant laboratory experience
Associate Scientist II: BS in biological sciences plus >8 years relevant laboratory experience or MS in biological sciences plus >6 years relevant laboratory experience
- Broad experience required in immunologic assays (e.g. flow cytometry (>10 colors), cell sorting, PCR, ELISA), cell culture and animal models of disease.
- Experience in high throughput screening assays and cellular/molecular biology are desired.
- The candidate must be dedicated to maintaining high laboratory standards with regard to safety and quality, and must possess good organization, record keeping and communication skills.
- Must be able to understand, conduct and interpret results of technically challenging experiments with minimum supervision.
- Initial supervision and training by supervisor/team members, but independence expected in long term.
Next Steps – Apply today!
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