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Medical Scientist Immuno-Oncology-Gaithersburg, MD

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Job Description

Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-009576

Posted date: Jun. 21, 2017

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As a Medical Scientist Immuno-Oncology in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. GMD (Global Medicines Development) drives late-stage development of our innovative pipeline, transforming exciting science into valued new medicines and ensuring patients around the world can access them.

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to help patients by redefining the cancer-treatment paradigm, with the aim of bringing six new cancer medicines to patients between 2013 and 2020. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers. As well as other tumor types, these are being targeted through four key platforms - immunotherapy, the genetic drivers of cancer and resistance, DNA damage repair, and antibody drug conjugates, underpinned by personalized healthcare and biomarker technologies.

AstraZeneca leverages strength and expertise in Immunology Science, where research efforts are focused on gaining a better understanding of the common biology and shared molecular pathways among inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, as well as the fundamental drivers and mechanisms of disease. This approach enables us to identify and select drug targets that have the potential to effectively treat not just one, but multiple inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Medical Scientist will be a renowned expert in own field and may specialize in more than one area. This individual will work independently with guidance in only the most complex situations and serve as a close partner to the physician on the team. S/he may coordinate the activity of a research team and will hold full accountability for projects, often with Global impact. This position will have key relationships internally with clinical project teams, marketing and business development, and brand or therapy area team leaders, and externally with regulatory bodies and external service providers.

Integrate the research and commercial aspects of drug development to ensure successful, value creating product development, either by overseeing a team of clinical research professionals, or by supporting such a team as an expert in one or more areas of clinical research. Ensure there is adequate input into the drug development process from experts in each of the various areas of drug development, or provide input into one or more of these areas as a technical expert. Develop and design studies to determine the scientific or commercial viability of a particular drug or portfolio of drugs and interpret the results of these studies, either as the head of a team, or by providing expert input. Participate in protocol writing and strategy. Ensure that all aspects of work being carried out by self or team is done with a focus on the commercial viability of the drug under development. Coordinate actions between research and development, manufacturing and marketing teams to ensure the success of product development at each stage of the product life cycle. Have responsibility for determining the commercial and scientific viability of drugs, and making decisions about whether to continue their development and how much resources to invest in them, or contribute to this decision making process as a valued expert. Communicate information to multiple teams in various areas of the drug development process, ensuring all involved parties are aware of important developments in other areas of the product life cycle.

Manage cross functional projects to ensure the successful passage of drugs through all phases of the drug development process, or contribute to one or more elements of such a project as a technical expert. May performance manage a team of clinical research professionals, setting goals and objectives and overseeing their professional development. Ensure own work, and work of team, is compliant with Safety, Health and Environment standards and all other relevant internal and external regulations. Review and interpret medical data and clinical trial data and come up with conclusions Review patient consent forms and provide opinion on whether or not matches the data. Engage in literature search and author background section of the disease from the literature search. Provide initial screening for study proposals to ensure information’s accurate; provide first review of the ISS proposals. Have responsibility for delivery of pieces of the trials. May lead submissions from a process standpoint.


Essential Requirements

  • PhD in a scientific field is required; considerable relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry is preferred, however academic experience will be considered provided the candidate has current immune-therapy / oncology clinical trials experience.
  • Good transferable project experience across phases I - III drug development.
  • Experience managing and interpreting the results of clinical trials as well as exposure to writing protocols to some degree.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience of authoring scientific documents.
  • Well-developed communication skills.
  • Experience leading and managing a team and project management experience is desirable (evidence of leading cross functional teams focussing on good communication, passion for customers and working collaboratively).
  • Sufficient technical and disease area knowledge to be able to interact with confidence with internal and external partners.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.