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Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-044190
Posted date: Jan. 31, 2019

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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Major responsibilities include planning and executing experiments related to developing protein engineering platforms for therapeutic antibody generation and optimization. She/he will work with scientists to create research plans, execute experiments, analyze and interpret data and present results to the group and the department. She/he is expected to have a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills and keep good records. Strong team-based communication and presentation skills will be required.

Essential Requirements

  • The ideal candidate should have strong hands-on experience in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry, particularly PCR and molecular cloning techniques.
  • Protein expression, purification and characterization experience is also required.
  • Experience in cell culture, FACS and antibody engineering (phage/yeast display-based selections) is not required but is also highly desirable.

Education and Experience

  • Research Associate II - Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology or other related fields with two to five years of relevant experience in industry (preferred) or academia, or Master’s Degree with zero to two years of relevant experience in industry (preferred) or academia
  • Associate Scientist I – Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology or other related fields with five to eight years of relevant experience in industry (preferred) or academia, or Master’s Degree with two to five years of relevant experience in industry (preferred) or academia


  • Hands-on experience with advanced PCR and molecular cloning techniques, particularly where troubleshooting was required to drive a project forward
  • Familiarity with cell culture, recombinant protein production and purification. Biochemical characterization such as affinity determination and immunoassays (ELISA).
  • Experience with antibody engineering and FACS is highly desirable.
  • The ability to learn and embrace new technologies quickly, work independently and communicate well with the team.

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

R&D Associate II or Associate Scientist I - Protein Engineering

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