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Scientist I / II

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Job Description

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-012925
Posted date: Aug. 22, 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 Scientist I / Scientist II 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

We are looking for an exceptional bioinformatics scientist with expertise in respiratory/autoimmune and/or immuno-oncology research to apply state of the art genomics/genetics analytical approaches to help with understanding of disease mechanism, genetic variants, biological pathways, and predictive biomarkers with the ultimate goal of developing therapies. This position will focus on oncology research and may also involve research into respiratory and autoimmune diseases.

The candidate will mine and analyze clinical information collected as part of clinical trials, conduct correlative clinical studies, and interpret complex biological results for data generated from qRT-PCR, microarray and DNA/RNA sequencing in support of immuno-oncology and respiratory/autoimmune disease area programs. The candidate must have experience working with cancer databases (e.g. TCGA, ICGC), patient clinical data, high throughput sequencing databases (e.g. GEO, SRA), and conventional NGS tools. The candidate must also be proficient programming in R. The candidate should be capable of working on multiple simultaneous projects and have experience presenting results at scientific conferences.


Essential Requirements

A M.S. or PhD in biological sciences, computational biology, bioinformatics, or relevant field.

Scientist I: Masters - minimum 5 years of experience post degree or PhD - minimum 3 years of experience post degree.

Scientist II: Masters - minimum 8 years of experience post degree or PhD - minimum 5 years of experience post degree.

Experience analyzing biomarkers and developing scientific hypotheses based on disease pathogenesis and drug MOA in the areas of oncology and/or respiratory/autoimmune diseases.  A proven background interpreting biological findings from studies. Minimum of 5 years proficiency with R/Splus and at least one additional programming language required.

Ability to interact in a cross-functional environment and strong oral and written skills are required.  Must have strong publication record with proven ability to lead writing of manuscripts. The candidate should be capable of multitasking and working effectively with scientists from translational oncology and RIA.

Desirable Requirements

Experience with autoimmune or oncology therapeutic area is 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. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.