Scientist, Cancer Immunology, Oncology Research

Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Scientist, Cancer Immunology, Oncology Research

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

What is Happening at AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the utmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people's exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. We turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being ambitious, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

About Our Gaithersburg Oncology Hub

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we host some of the most pioneering technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria, copy center, game rooms, community garden, and much more. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while growing collaboration between teams.

Main duties and responsibilities

AstraZeneca seeks an innovative and highly motivated scientist with a background in immunology or a related field to join the Early Discovery Oncology team in Gaithersburg, MD. As a Scientist you will be a key member of a team focused on supporting Immuno-Oncology projects through the drug discovery process. You will bring your expertise in Immunology to establish assay systems and deliver datasets that will have direct impact on pipeline programs.

Working in this laboratory-based position within the Immuno-Oncology Research group you will design, conduct and analyze in vitro and in vivo experiments to assess the function of our candidate drugs and help to dissect the mechanism of action of novel therapeutics targeting the immune system for cancer therapy. You will be expected to support cross-functional teams and work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the timely generation and dissemination of critical program data.

A solid foundation in immunology and experience in techniques for the analysis of immune cell function is essential for this role. As a highly organized, self-motivated individual with a strong lab/practical background you will stay up to date with relevant techniques and have a genuine passion for this field of research. The position requires strong interest in bench work and ability to work in a fast-paced matrix structured work environment.

Essential requirements

  • B.S. in Biology or other related scientific discipline with 3-6 years; or M.S. with 0-5 years of relevant scientific experience.
  • Strong background in immunology and experience with immunologic assays.
  • Hands-on skills in basic immunological methods including cell culture, multi-color flow cytometry, ELISA/multiplex assays, and cell killing assays.
  • Ability to independently execute research plans, analyze, and interpret experimental results.
  • Team player who is well organized with excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and be able to perform multitasking as needed.
  • Ability to record protocols and experiments in a timely manner and maintain an excellent laboratory notebook.

Desirable Requirements:
  • Biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience preferred but not essential.
  • Hands-on experience with in vivo work and human T cells is preferred but not required.
  • Experience working with patient-derived samples is an advantage.

AstraZeneca's vision in Oncology is to push the boundaries of science to change the practice of medicine, transform the lives of patients living with cancer, and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a cause of death. A broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas - breast, ovarian, lung and hematological cancers.

So, what's next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can't wait to hear from you!

If you're curious to know more, please contact Bobbi Poole, our Talent Acquisition Partner.

Closing Date: July 13, 2022

Competitive remuneration and benefits apply

We offer a competitive Total Reward program including a market driven base salary, bonus and long term incentive. We have a generous paid time off program and a comprehensive benefits package.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We follow all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

As part of the application process for some roles at AstraZeneca, candidates may be asked to complete a series of online games, created by pymetrics, to assess certain candidate qualities to help evaluate potential match for the position. If the pymetrics process applies to this role, you will receive an email invitation with additional information following application. Once completed AZ will automatically receive your results - pymetrics will not be used solely in our decision-making process but will help us gather additional insight.

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