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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-047852
Posted date: May. 01, 2019

Research Scientist, Renal Biology and Kidney Disease (12 months FTC)

Location – Cambridge, UK

Salary: Competitive

At AstraZeneca we win through science, it’s at the heart of our every success. We continuously craft partnerships to expand our science to help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. We have a great opportunity for you to play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

At AstraZeneca, you’ll have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives every single day. As one of the world’s best-in-class biopharmaceutical companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease. As a Research Scientist within the Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) group at Cambridge, UK you will play a crucial role in rapidly growing drug project portfolio.

Using your scientific expertise in renal physiology and pathophysiology, you will inform new target selection and craft the capability build within CVRM Research and you will provide key experimental in vitro data to support project teams in Cambridge, Gothenburg and Gaithersburg.

If you’re passionate about the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions – join us.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will join a growing CVRM Research & Development group and will play an active role in initiating, implementing and executing scientific research and development within the Chronic Kidney Disease Research group. This is a "hands-on" laboratory-based scientific and technical role and you will be expected to remain active in the laboratory and "lead from the bench".

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required for you to actively contribute to the scientific debate within CVRM Research, influence the scientific strategy and maintain a high external scientific profile through publication and conference presentation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and participate in projects that are complex and scientifically demanding within a specific area/field. Work within project teams to provide high quality data in a timely fashion. Make detailed observations, analyse data, and interpret results. Demonstrate scientific rigor in assessing own data and that of others. Effectively communicate outcomes to project team at internal meetings.
  • Lead drug projects and/or the renal disease area. Propose and champion new targets and novel approaches for disease treatment.
  • Participate in external collaborations related to specific projects or the renal biology capability build.
  • Participate in the evaluation of in-licensing opportunities.
  • Raise the scientific profile of CVRM externally through publishing data in peer reviewed journals and by presenting at conferences.

Essential Requirements

  • MD/PhD in a highly related Life Sciences discipline with relevant postdoc experience, up to the level of Assistant Professor/Senior Scientist.
  • Demonstrated ability for scientific insight and conceptual thinking.
  • Can independently design, execute and interpret in vitro studies and conduct broader scientific research with limited supervision.
  • Sound scientific knowledge of renal biology as evidenced by publication record and ability to independently influence scientific thinking and direction of projects in academia and/or industry.
  • "Hands-on" experience and expertise in the in vitro methodologies used to study renal physiology/pathophysiology.
  • Evidence of a developing external scientific/clinical network.
  • Ability to oversee and mentor less experienced co-workers.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communications skills.

You should be enthusiastic to develop scientifically through review of the literature, presentation at conferences and authoring or contributing to manuscripts for publication. Highly motivated scientists are invited to apply for the opportunity to join our team of professionals. Are you passionate about advancing science, technology and medicine to discover and develop novel therapeutics that will benefit patients with progression of renal disease?

This job advert will close on May 31st 2019.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, we ask you to 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 good 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, 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.

Scientist I/II Renal Biology & Kidney Research (FTC)

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