Assay Scientist, Biologics Engineering, Oncology

Do you have expertise in, and a passion for Assay development? would you like to apply your expertise to impact AstraZeneca’s therapy areas such as oncology, respiratory and inflammation, cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases; in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Site description

Welcome to Granta Park Cambridge, one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca! Providing a collaborative environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca’s priorities, it’s important to us that you bring your full self to work every day. To help you maintain your best self, here’s a sneak peek into some of the things this site provides for you. Cambridge is one of the most exciting bioscience hotspots in the world and plays a central role in our mission to deliver life-changing medicines to patients

Granta Park has a gym, nursery and central restaurant/coffee place as part of the science park facilities that are accessible to our staff. We also have our own bistro and deli in the AZ buildings. There are regular lunch & learn events including running clubs and after work socials on the last Friday of every month. This is our biggest and most spacious lab site with easy access from all major routes and ample car parking available – come and join us!

Business area

In the Oncology Business Unit we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the status quo to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our dedication means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine. To ensure no patient is left behind, no matter what stage of disease.

Fast-paced, it takes agility and responsiveness to stay committed in our pursuit of excellence. We work with focus to seek the unanswered questions – innovating, challenging accepted norms, quick decision-making and taking smart risks. A place of trust, it’s an opportunity to take accountability, be brave, speak up, step up and redefine Oncology, now and in the future. Be a part of improving lives. This is the time to join the team who is confident that cures for cancer are within our grasp.

What you’ll do

We are looking for an Assay Scientist to join our Biologics Engineering (BE) team based in Granta Park, Cambridge UK. BE is responsible for the discovery and optimisation of biological candidate drugs across all AZ therapy areas such as oncology, respiratory and inflammation, cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases. We are constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for the development of in-house biologics discovery platforms and novel drug modalities to address unmet medical needs.

As an Assay Scientist, you will be responsible for providing critical biochemical and cell assay expertise to deliver multiple biologics drug discovery and technology development projects using state of the art technologies. This is a lab-based role involving independent design, execution and interpretation of scientific experiments, and effective communication of findings and recommendations as part of a multi-disciplinary project team. The successful candidate will also contribute to the identification and development of cutting-edge technologies that benefit biologics drug discovery and have a proven track record of creatively solving scientific challenges.

  • Development of biochemical and cell based 96 or 384 well binding and functional assays for use as biologics screens and pharmacological characterisation of biologics for drug discovery or technology development projects, delivering work on time and to budget

  • Contribution of expertise to multi-disciplinary research drug discovery and technology projects, effectively communicating recommendations and contributing to team decisions

  • Identification and development of new screening and automation technologies and processes

  • Maintaining a well-developed understanding of approaches to biologics drug discovery and applying a broader functional knowledge to support the department

  • Identification of creative solutions to assay, technology or drug discovery project problems

  • Contributing to peer reviewed publications, patents and participating at international conferences

  • Providing technical training to members of the team where required

  • Ensuring own work, and work of peers, is compliant with General Laboratory Standard, Safety, Health and Environment standards and all other relevant internal AstraZeneca standards and external regulations

Essential for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

  • Experience and technical knowledge of biologics assay development, screening and use of automation, with a commitment to quality and scientific rigour

  • Strong team player with good communication skills and experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Ability to address challenges creatively and a drive to contribute to the development of new and improved assay technologies and processes

Desirable for the role

  • Background in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Knowledge of biologics drug discovery and in vitro pharmacology

  • Experience in flow cytometry and/or FACS

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

  • If you’re curious to know more then please reach out to Louise Bennett

Competitive salary package and benefits

Close Date: 19/10/2021

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