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Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-011221
Posted date: Sep. 27, 2017

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

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.  As a Clinical Pharmacokineticist in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives.

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.

R&D Associate II

  • Laboratory-based position for performing ligand binding immunoassay methods on routine basis according to SOPs with minimal supervision and relatively high throughput, supporting non-clinical and clinical PK and ADA.
  • Has working knowledge of immunoassay ELISA methods / MSD a plus.
  • Applies knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (CFR Part 58) on a daily basis.
  • Identifies and develops solutions to assay-related problems.
  • Executes assay troubleshooting, optimization and validation experiments with general supervision, as requested.
  • Prepares data tables and figures and may prepare technical reports.
  • Completes appropriate documentation to support testing procedures including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, and inventory forms.
  • Performs system suitability tests and maintains laboratory equipment according to SOPs.
  • Maintains reagent inventories in LIMS system.
  • Identifies and troubleshoots equipment problems with minimal supervision.
  • Participates in company meetings and discussions. 
  • Communicates issues/problems that may impact timelines and the accuracy or reliability of laboratory data.
  • Procures lab supplies and reagents as needed.
  • Receives, aliquots clinical samples with minimal supervision.
  • May participates in method training/transfer to internal or external laboratories.
  • Participates in new technology evaluations, transfers, validations and implementation as needed.


  • Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with 2-5 years of relevant industry experience, or Master of Science in Life Sciences with 0-2 years of relevant industry experience; experience in a GLP lab highly preferred
  • Ability to be a team player, work in a collaborative environment, and have good oral and written communication skills is a must
  • Experience handling tissues/samples (plasma, serum, CSF)

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Electro-Chemiluminescence (ECL) /MSD (Meso Scale Diagnostic) Assay experience  desired
  • Computer skills – Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, SoftMax Pro.
  • LIMS database and Tecan Liquid Handling System experience a plus

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 - Pharmacology & DMPK

AstraZeneca in the U.S.

Our North America Commercial Headquarters are in Wilmington, DE, and one of our three core global R&D centers is in Gaithersburg, MD. Gaithersburg is also home to MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. We have a number of other R&D, manufacturing and office locations across the country.

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