Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist - GTO Analytical (Frederick/Gaithersburg, MD) - Frederick, MD | Biospace
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Senior Scientist/Principal Scientist - GTO Analytical (Frederick/Gaithersburg, MD)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Frederick, MD
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Location: Frederick,
United States
United States
Job reference: R-008494

Posted date: Jun. 01, 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 Senior/Principal Scientist
in Frederick orGaithersburg, MD
, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Position Summary

This position will provide overall scientific and strategic leadership for specific late or commercial stage product within Medimmune’s analytical operations.

Essential Job Functions

Key area of responsibility will be enterprise wide analytical activities in Operations, which include the following functions:

  • Responsible for analytical readiness for process validation/PPQ campaign (drug product and drug substance) for late stage pipeline products
  • Accountable for analytical method transfer from Medimmune’s Biopharmaceutical Development to commercial manufacturing sites within AZ Biologics operations as well as outside testing laboratories.
  • Establish harmonized processes and best practice on various global analytical activities within Biologics.
  • Technical support for new business opportunity, due diligence and direct technical support as needed at the site level in a consulting or SME role.
  • Responsible for ensuring harmonized compliance to internal standards and policies related to analytical operations across all biologics manufacturing sites
  • Coordinating collaboration via a cross site analytical forum
  • Author technical documents in the subject matter for regulatory submissions
  • Provide input and review for regulatory filings in order to ensure consistency in depth of content and strategic approach
  • Response to regulatory agency questions on analytical related issues
  • Strong Project Management and interpersonal skills


  • Extensive knowledge and experience with a variety of analytical techniques for biologicals
  • Familiar with regulatory guidelines and current industry trend
  • Maintains high level of expertise through review of current scientific literature, submissions to scientific journals, and attendance and participation at conferences focused on the research and development efforts of the company
  • Displays a general knowledge of manufacturing process, drug development, and cGMP requirement
  • Has a working knowledge of biosafety testing and microbiology requirements in a manufacturing environment

Problem Solving

  • Develops solutions to complex problems requiring ingenuity and creativity
  • Applies knowledge of scientific theories and principles on a broad base where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors
  • Displays knowledge about how the organization works. Can solve problems through formal channels and informal networks

Freedom to Act

  • Work is performed with limited direction
  • Has latitude in determining scientific objectives of assignment
  • Work is monitored for scientific judgment and achievement


  • Decisions or recommendations consistently result in achieving one or more key project objectives
  • Internal recognition as an emerging expert by the MedImmune scientific community through objective criteria such as publications, patents, internal presentations, and critical contributions to technology development
  • Has demonstrated leadership through project team participation, internal consulting and mentoring
  • Has a clear understanding of departmental direction and is expected to voice opinions and ideas

Interpersonal Communications

  • Frequent inter and intradepartmentalcollaborations
  • Establishes contacts with outside centers of excellence in field of specialization and has contacts with customers and suppliers
  • Has external alliance
  • Active in professional organizations.
  • Demonstrates ability to resolve conflicts between team members
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively explain complex scientific concepts to a broader, diverse audience


Education and Experience Guidelines:

  • For Senior Scientist, PhD 6-10 years relevant experience, MS >12 years, or BS >14 years
  • For Principal Scientist, PhD with 10+ years relevant experience, MS >15 years, or BS >17 years

Capability Profile

Success in these areas will require strong technical/scientific and leadership skills, experience with commercialization of biologics, process technology transfer, project management and the ability to project cross-functional influence.

Competencies Related Performance

  • Communication Skills
  • Ability to Deal with Ambiguity
  • Building Teams/Teamwork
  • Interpersonal Savvy
  • Strategic Agility
  • Customer Focus
  • Organization Agility

Technical Knowledge

  • New Product introduction/late stage product development experience in Biologics
  • Analytical method development, qualification, validation and transfer
  • Global commercial Quality control
  • Must have significant experience with most of the following standard analytical techniques used in the biopharmaceutical industry: e.g., UV-Vis, HPLC, LC-MS, GC, FT-IR, SDS-PAGE, IEF, CE, ELISA, mass spectrometry, bioassay
  • Analytical method development and validation experience; knowledge of cGMP practices and ICH requirements
  • Good understanding of biosafety assays, cell bank testing, and microbiological requirements in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in process and analytical technology transfer within and between organizations, manufacturing support and troubleshooting
  • Demonstrated teamwork, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Proven ability to influence across functions and organizations
  • Project management skills and strong technical writing 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. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.




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