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Medical Scientist - Oncology

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-002917

Posted date: Jan. 18, 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 Clinical Scientist, Oncology 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.  

   Main Duties and Responsibilities  

   We’re currently looking for a Medical Scientist – Oncology to play a leading role in our Clinical Research team. We’ll look to you to act as an expert in your area, working independently with guidance in only the most complex situations. You will serve as a close partner to the study physicians, coordinating the activity of a research team and holding full accountability for projects, often with Global impact. You may have the opportunity to act as a coach or team leader for more junior team members.  

   This position will be focused on combination therapies and will have key relationships internally with clinical project teams, regulatory affairs, marketing and business development, and brand or therapy area team leaders, and externally with regulatory bodies and external service providers. With our outstanding Oncology pipeline and a culture that empowers scientists to make bold decisions driven by science, this is an incredible opportunity to gain plenty of exposure to submissions and progress within a core therapeutic area.  

   Your main responsibilities will involve: developing and designing 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; contributing to the decision making process as a valued expert to determine the commercial and scientific viability of drugs; review and interpretation of medical and clinical trial data to reach conclusions; literature searches and authoring background section of the disease from the literature search. You will have responsibility for delivery of pieces of the trials and may lead submissions from a process standpoint.  


   Essential Requirements  

  •      Master's degree in a scientific field supported by a proven record of managing and interpreting clinical trials.    
  •      Experience managing and interpreting the results of clinical trials    
  •      Excellent collaboration and communication skills    
  •      Adept at working in a global setting and matrix environment.    
  •      Adept at partnering with a diverse team and delivering results through taking ownership of crucial program components.    

   Desired Requirements  

  •      An advanced degree (i.e. PhD, PharmD) in a relevant scientific discipline.    
  •      Project management experience    
  •      Strong clinical, technical or disease area expertise in oncology is strongly preferred    

   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.