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Pathologist / Senior Pathologist

MedImmune, LLC

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-006643

Posted date: May. 01, 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 a Pathologist / Senior Pathologist in Gaithersburg, MD, 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 Pathologist / Senior Pathologist will have a highly visible leadership and scientific advisory roles in the Pathology Group and within wider Translational Science (TS) functions at MedImmune. The Pathology Group is based in Cambridge, UK and Gaithersburg, Maryland (Medimmune Headquarter) and is part of Biologics Safety Assessment.  BSA is part of the TS Functions within Research.  

   The Pathologist / Senior Pathologist will report to the Head Pathologist and will be based in Gaithersburg. The remit of the Pathology Group spans across all key areas of drug discovery and development at MedImmune, including target identification and validation, animal model development, pathology evaluation for efficacy studies,immunohistochemical-based
assay development fortissue-crossreactivity,
toxicologic pathology and companion diagnostics (CDx) development.  Relevant work for CDx development includes preclinical and clinical trial biomarker development and interpretation of TS-related results from clinical trials.  

   Major Responsibilities:

  •      Serves as Pathology Project Leader or Translational Team Leader to coordinate all pathology-related activities in settings of research and translational sciences teams with special emphasis on biomarker development for clinical oncology trials    
  •      Works within a matrix environment of the translational sciences, develops appropriate pathology strategy for full evaluation  (preclinical and clinical stages) of candidate molecules    
  • Provide strategic scientific and clinical input to translational groups and project teams locally and internationally
  •      Provides senior-level guidance to other pathologists and scientists in other disciplines for, and participation in, investigative / clinical studies studies for the purpose of developing novel, safe, drugs (biologics) and helps develop assays aimed at selecting patients likely to respond.    
  •      Senior member of the Pathology function who may plays a key role in mentoring other pathologists, and is considered a major resource for best processes/practices in his/her major area of expertise    
  • Work closely with research and early clinical project teams (Scientists and Physician-Scientists) to design and interpret slide and human tissue-based experiments; evaluate biomarkers in human and xenograft samples via techniques such as IHC, ISH, IF, LCM, and protein assays
  • Network internally and externally with other pathologists, clinicians and scientists on project activities
    . Is recognized by AZ and other related entities as an expert in his/her areas of expertise, and is consulted by these entities as a source of knowledge.    

   Essential Requirements


  M.D. or D.V.M. degree from an accredited medical/veterinary school and board certification in pathology by a world-recognized examination board.  A Ph.D in experimental or human pathology or a related filed is also required.  

Pathologists will have 5 yrs of experience in the field and Senior pathologists will have the depth of knowledge from at least 10 years of experience in biopharmaceutical or academic settings providing leadership. Senior pathologists will be versed in conducting preclinical / clinical studies with minimal scientific/technical support from other pathologists. In addition a strong publication record is highly desirable.  


   The candidate should have in-depth understanding and multiple years of experience with a wide application of technical principles, theories, and current concepts in investigative, human or veterinary pathology.  Detailed knowledge and experience in oncology, cancer immunotherapy, medical immunology and clinical research are highly desirable.  

   The Senior Pathologist will be recognized by the greater pharmaceutical and pathology arenas as a leader in his/her area of specialization (drug development, investigational, molecular, human pathology, etc.) via book chapter authorship, published, peer reviewed, research or position papers, and/or editorship of recognized journals in pathology or translational medicine. Significant knowledge of later stage drug development or clinical trial support is also desirable at this level.  

   General Qualifications

  •      Strong leadership and effective management skills    
  •      Innovative, creative, and able to influence others in a positive manner    
  •      Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to work in matrix setting; manages projects and team members in a matrix environment.    
  •      Problem solving and organizational skills with attention to details related to drug development.    
  •      Strong team player and strong motivational skills.    

   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.