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Publications Associate

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-007624

Posted date: May. 17, 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 Publications Associate 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.  

   Position Summary  


   Responsible for managing the internal publication review and approval process to ensure the timely submission of publication deliverables for investigational pipeline products in support of assigned therapeutic area(s). Responsible for working with Publication Lead/ Director and cross-functional publication teams in support of development and execution of strategic publication plans. Works under moderate/general supervision to manage and prioritize workload to ensure deliverables are completed per time and quality goals.  

   Major Duties and Responsibilities:  


   Manages the internal publication review and approval process to meet timelines in the e-publication systems.  Serves as the first line of contact in response to external and internal queries regarding the internal publication review and approval process. Creates and accurately maintains quality data records in the e-publication system in a timely manner and manages communications to internal and external customers.  Manages centralized publication mailbox for triaging publication review requests and publication-related questions to appropriate team members, as assigned.  


   Demonstrates and promotes compliance with established corporate standards and publication-related processes, including reviewing reports and database records to identify publications in violation of internal policies.  Initiates and manages authorship agreements, debarment checks, and reimbursement of travel expenses (if applicable) for external authors, as appropriate.  


   Compiles information/creates reports on journal/congress selection/requirements as well as other reports from the e-publication systems.  Supports the publication development process by participating in author kick-off meetings, including drafting timelines and action items, as appropriate. Assists with publication submissions to congress/journals, including the collection of submission documents and subsequent tracking and reporting of status, as needed.  


   Manages/Leads congress planning activities (e.g., roundups, post-meeting debriefs), as assigned.  


   Provides training related to the internal review and approval process and e-publication systems to new department members, internal and external stakeholders, and/or publication vendors as assigned. Contributes to the preparation of publication-related procedural documents.  


   Contributes to ongoing process improvements for the internal publication review and approval process, including the e-publication system. Assists with the testing of configuration updates and revisions to the e-publication systems, as appropriate. Assists with additional tasks, as needed.  



   Requires bachelor’s degree (science/health/communications field preferred) or equivalent work experience.  

   Other Skills and Qualifications:  

  •      Requires 2+ years of experience working autonomously in a demanding office environment; proficiency working with database systems and cross-functional teams strongly recommended.    
  •      Relevant pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry/communications experience preferred.    
  •      Familiarity with the drug development process.    
  •      Familiarity with scientific/medical terminology, scientific publication process, and principles of Good Publication Practice guidelines a plus.    
  •      Familiarity with budget tracking and travel and expense reporting preferred.    
  •      High degree of skill in analyzing and processing information, time management, organization, data entry, and maintaining confidentiality; attention to detail and follow-up essential.    
  •      Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.    
  •      Ability to work collaboratively, to manage/prioritize multiple projects from conception to completion, working in a fast-paced environment; demonstrated flexibility/willingness to adapt to changing deadlines and priorities.    
  •      Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) essential.    
  •      Knowledge of reference database and publication tracking a plus.    




   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.  


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