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Scientist I/II - (Gaithersburg, MD)

MedImmune, LLC

Gaithersburg, MD
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Job Description

                                       Location:Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-006481

Posted date: Apr. 21, 2017



   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 Scientist I/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  

   As a Scientist I/Scientist II, this position is focused on late stage cell culture process development in the Cell Culture & Fermentation Science group within Biopharmaceutical Development in R&D.  You will be a scientific leader with a broad knowledge of cell culture process development, media/feed development and optimization, and process characterization. Also, you will be involve in developing and optimizing cell culture processes for the production of therapeutic proteins including mAbs and participating in the transfer of processes to clinical and commercial sites. You will also involve in process characterization work including risk assessment and studying the process sensitivity with respect to various process parameters and their interactions using DOE and statistical analysis. You are expected to be familiar with the principles of scale-up/scale-down, and scale-down model development for cell culture process. As a Scientist I/II, you will contribute to authoring / reviewing / approving development reports and CMC sections in regulatory submissions such as IND and BLA. Also, you will be expected to have in-depth knowledge with a good understanding of links within and outside of cell culture to support successful development of late stage biologicals. You will collaborate with management and staff to identify and solve scientific and technical challenges of the field that will enable meeting MedImmune portfolio/pipeline goals.  You will be a matrix leader with no supervision responsibility and will be expected to spend significant amount of time in the Lab. As a scientific leader within Cell Culture and Fermentation Science, you will be expected to represent the function in cross functional teams within Biopharmaceutical Development.  


   Essential Requirements  

   Scientist I:  

  •      0-3 years of experience in the area of process development    

   Scientist II:  

  •      3+ years of experience in the area of process of development    

   For both  

  •      Ph.D. degree in (Bio)Chemical Engineering / Biotechnology / Biology or related science / engineering disciplines.    

   Desirable Requirements  

  •      Excellent communication and presentation skills are expected.    
  •      Ability to work well in a fast-paced collaborative environment, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit are required.    
  •      Experiences with evolving late stage development concepts such as QbD and PAT are a plus.    
  •      Expertise in process modeling / simulation is also desired.    

   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.