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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-058201
Posted date: Aug. 09, 2019

Location: Cambridge

Competitive Salary & Benefits

At AstraZeneca, we are not afraid to do things differently. We are building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we are opening up new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

Antibody Discovery and Protein Engineering (ADPE) & Discovery Sciences is a multi-faceted department which drives early drug discovery across AstraZeneca’s BioPharmaceuticals R&D and Oncology R&D portfolio.

As an Associate Scientist (I or II) within ADPE in Cambridge, UK, you will pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe.

If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will be part of a multi-functional team responsible for the isolation of therapeutic antibodies and tool reagents using in vivo antibody discovery technologies.

As an Associate Scientist (I or II) you will generate and QC bespoke reagents (proteins, conjugates, cell lines, genetic expression constructs (e.g. plasmid DNA)) for in vivo antibody generation projects.

You will perform the in vivo antibody discovery process including: antigen specific B-cell isolation by flow cytometry or hybridoma generation, automated colony picking, primary characterisation of in vivo-derived antibodies using both biochemical and cell-based screens, antibody gene isolation and cloning, sequence analysis of antibody clones, hybridoma propagation, and antibody purification, in order to support projects in the identification of lead antibodies.

In addition, you will contribute to projects aimed at improving process efficiency and investigate new methodologies, techniques and/or equipment that may be beneficial for the in vivo antibody discovery process and/or add value to the team’s functional output.

Core Attributes required

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Strong organisational ability to plan and prioritise work to meet deadlines

  • Scientific curiosity and the ability to critically assess your own work.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Responsible for day-to-day lab management and represent the lab at site lab rep meetings.

Essential Requirements

B.Sc in Molecular Biology/Cell Biology/Biochemistry

Demonstrated laboratory skills and experience in the following:

  • Molecular biology (e.g. PCR, cloning, sequence analysis) and mammalian cell culture
  • Protein expression, purification and QC analytical techniques
  • Performing routine biochemical assays (e.g. ELISA, HRTF, western blotting, etc.)

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience with hybridoma generation
  • Experience working with primary cells
  • Experience of performing cell-based assays
  • Practical experience of laboratory automation and LIMS systems
  • Practical experience of protein engineering
  • Experience within pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry
  • Experience of recombinant cell line generation

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, gender or gender 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.

Associate Scientist I or II

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