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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
Job reference: R-047160
Posted date: Mar. 19, 2019

Are you a quantitatively-minded scientist looking to manage a team applying bioinformatics, image analysis and machine learning to address biological questions for drug discovery? Would you like an exciting new challenge in a company that follows the science and turn ideas into life changing medicines?

We are recruiting an Associate Director, Quantitative Biology to join our Discovery Science organization and lead one of our teams in Gothenburg.

Discovery Science is part of AstraZeneca’s R&D BioPharmaceuticals and functions across the therapeutic areas to support projects in the drug discovery pipeline. We cover the entire pre-clinical phase, from target discovery all the way to clinical candidates. Our Quantitative Biology team is a multi-disciplinary team of data scientists and our focus is providing quantitative insights to biology. We do this by improving the biological understanding of the target and its engagement, including supporting the identification of molecular mechanisms of action, providing image and data analysis solutions to high dimensional datasets, and by improving AstraZeneca’s ability to prioritize target selection and portfolio projects based on probability of technical success.

Our beautiful campus in Gothenburg is one of AstraZeneca’s three strategic science centers. The site is home to over 2,500 employees, from 50 different nationalities. Our site includes the complete range of functions, and as such offers plenty of development opportunities for a wide variety of professionals. We collaborate with academic and industry partners in Sweden and globally. And the site itself is designed with collaboration in mind. From the Coffee Lab to exercise areas, we’ve built a series of environments where innovation is fostered.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this leader position, you will support and inspire your colleagues to reach their full potential and deliver truly creative science. You will be accountable for recruitment of new colleagues as well as training and development of your existing team members. To accomplish this, you need excellent management and social skills as well as a genuine interest in both people and science.

Your key responsibilities will involve:

  • Leading the department in Gothenburg and contributing to the strategic direction of the global department
  • Drive the informatics build for and support of our sequencing facility in Gothenburg
  • Collaborate with drug discovery projects to identify and deliver solutions for addressing key biological questions by using bioinformatics and statistical modelling
  • Developing or internalizing appropriate algorithms, techniques and datasets to answer defined biological questions
  • Contributing to and leading local and global projects for NGS, proteomics, CRISPR, molecular imaging
  • Establish and drive academic collaborations to access capabilities and push the boundaries of our science

Essential Requirements

  • PhD, or equivalent, in bioinformatics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, engineering or the life sciences
  • Expertise in one or more of the core areas:
    • omics (including multi-omics)
    • network biology
    • multivariate or high dimensional data analysis (-omics)
    • knowledge engineering
    • ontologies
    • data management
    • text mining
    • machine learning
    • statistical modelling
    • multivariate data analysis
    • classification/regression
  • Experience with relevant software tools such as R, Python, Shiny, Spotfire, Java, C/C++, SQL/NoSQL/semantic web, JavaScript
  • Basic understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, and human physiology
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and fluent in English - both spoken and in writing

If you are interested, apply now!

For more information about the position please contact: Claus Bendtsen ( or Ian Barrett (

Welcome with your application no later than April 30th, 2019

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

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