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Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-029579
Posted date: Jun. 07, 2018

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.  

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.

The successful candidate will carry out bioanalytical cell based assay testing of recombinant protein therapeutics under cGMP. The ideal candidate will make detailed observations, analyze data, interpret results, and exercise appropriate technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments in an independent manner.  This person may be involved in the qualification and validation of cell-based bioassays for biological characterization and testing of biopharmaceutical products, and assist in assay investigations and troubleshooting. He/She will perform cell culture, maintain cell lines and perform routine lab equipment maintenance. The candidate will be expected to prepare technical reports, SOPs and technical summaries for meeting presentation. The candidate will be expected to assist/lead investigation for non-conformances and coordinate equipment validation with different departments. The successful candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, good time management and outstanding multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to work in a cGMP environment and a fast-paced team-centered setting. The candidate will be expected to present findings at internal and/or external meetings.


R&D Associate II: B.S. degree with 2+ years experience or M.S. degree with 0+ years' relevant experience. 

Associate Scientist I: B.S. degree with 5+ years experience or M.S. degree with 2+ years relevant experience.

Experience:  Experience with cell-based assay in a GLP/GMP industry environment is a plus.

Special Skills/Abilities:  Should have some working experience of basic laboratory equipment and relevant software packages.  Experience with cell-based assays and their application in biological characterization for biologics are required. Experience with Vi-Cell, Victor or EnVision multi-label plate readers is a plus. Good documentation, writing and communication skills are required. 

Job Complexity:  Job complexity is medium to high.  The candidate is expected to test routine samples, work on general issues and should use scientific principles and technical skills to perform cell-based assays under minimal supervision.

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 lawAstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

R&D Associate II/ Associate Scientist I - Bioassay Development

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