Senior Scientist, Molecular Biology/Protein Sciences

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Senior Scientist, Molecular Biology/Protein Sciences

Gaithersburg, MD, US

AstraZeneca has an opening for a Senior Scientist in the Protein Sciences group within the Biologics Engineering Department to support pre-clinical research of innovative therapeutic products. An expertise in core and innovative molecular biology techniques is critical.

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Molecular Biology and Protein Engineering? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact on programs in Cancer, Respiratory and Immunology, Cardiovascular, Metabolic Disease and Infectious Disease in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, excited to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person!

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 guides in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most pioneering technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and on-site day care. This is where you'll find activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

Biologics Engineering is a science-led authority function of people with curious minds that supports the discovery and engineering of novel biomolecules. The Protein Science technology hub is at the heart of Biologics Engineering. Our interactive team provides custom cell lines, proteins and reagents in support of all therapeutic areas. We are passionate about collaboration and innovation and strive to develop powerful technologies that help create the next generation of bio-therapeutics to improve patients' lives.

What you'll do

We are seeking a highly motivated and independent Senior Scientist to initiate, direct, and perform research experiments and develop next generation technologies for molecular biology, cell line engineering, and protein chemistry. In this role, you will work within an interactive team of authorities to support programs in Cancer, Respiratory and Immunology, Cardiovascular, Metabolic Disease and Infectious Disease. A successful candidate will have an expertise in a wide variety of powerful molecular biology techniques and topics. Your passion and curiosity to independently seek out, develop and innovate new technologies to expand our engineering toolkit will be essential. Your ability to work with a cross-functional team of scientists to meet timelines and drive innovation will be crucial. You should be confident in your ability to multi-task and quickly adjust to changes in priorities and timelines.

Essential for the Role

  • Education and work history: A Ph.D. with 2+years of experience, or an MS with 8-10 years of demonstrated ability in molecular biology, biotechnology, or cell biology.
  • Extensive and current hands-on experience in a wide variety of techniques, including cloning, CRISPR, RT-qPCR, DNA sequence analysis, epigenetic analysis, next-generation sequencing applications, and mammalian cell culture is required.
  • Proven abilities to establish or innovate new technology
  • Candidate must work independently and be self-motivated, meticulous, and well organized to keep an excellent written record of work
  • Strong communication and social skills, both oral and written, with supervisor, team, and various cross-functional project team members to drive successful timeline management and innovation
  • Highly productive and hardworking to explore science-driven technology development in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment

Desirable for the Role
  • Experience working with primary immune cells
  • Experience with viral and mammalian expression vectors
  • Experience with cell-based assays using flow cytometry
  • Experience with basic bioinformatics tools and analysis

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being daring - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, pioneering innovative methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

  • Are you already inventing yourself joining our team? Are you ready to bring new insights and fresh thinking to the table? Good, because we can't wait to hear from you!

Where can I find out more?

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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