Associate Director, Translational Science

Do you have expertise in and a passion for scientific leadership? Are you able to lead project teams to generate tissue biomarker data to guide indication selection and identification of targeted patient populations; and deliver biomarker data for clinical studies based on best available computational pathology technologies? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


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.


Welcome to Computational Pathology Munich, 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: After-work events, Lunch & Learns, Bright and spacious environment, Sustainable office working environment, Networking events, family and childcare support and of course the Alps around the corner for hiking, biking and skiing.


Be part of fulfilling our ambition to be world leaders in Oncology. We are already the fastest growing team within AstraZeneca and across the industry, and there are countless new indications and targets in our game-changing pipeline. We deliver this value through launch excellence, commercial effectiveness and maximising the lifecycle. By leveraging our commercialised portfolio we are confident we can change the practice of medicine and redefine cancer treatment. We’re brave disruptors – entrepreneurial, courageous and pioneering in our approach. Here you have the opportunity to step up, take personal accountability and lead changes in our ever-evolving environment.

With pace and drive, comes trust that we will get it done. Embrace the freedom to create and expand your horizons. Always backed and supported by pioneering leaders, this is the place to build a world-class career that’s meaningful and rewarding. Here we’re on a journey to becoming digitally-enabled, to discover new ways of offering better solutions to our patients. Join the team with a vision to use data as a tool, to build a better, deeper, more personal understanding of the people we’re helping. To ultimately deliver better outcomes for them – through dynamic omnichannel content, personal relationships and experience.

What you’ll do

  • Lead Computational Pathology project teams to generate tissue biomarker data to guide indication selection and identification of targeted patient populations and deliver biomarkers for clinical studies based on the best available computational pathology technologies

  • Manage a cross-functional team of Data & Translational Scientists, Digital Pathologists, AI Engineers, and Software and Product Developers to implement strategic vision that enables target identification, indication selection, early indication of biological activity and patient stratification/selection in Oncology

  • Conduct scientific project meetings to follow progress and present the scientific progress in Translational Medicine leadership meetings, governance boards and in project team meetings and ensure the quality of Translational Medicine clinical study reports, data reviews and interpretations, presentations, scientific publications and recommendations to development teams and management

  • Lead and champion new innovations within own discipline and assess existing processes and workflows for ongoing technology and/or workflow improvements which will aid the department to meet overall strategic objectives

  • Ensure complex clinical assays developed and validated internally or externally are fit for Computational Pathology purposes.

Essential for the role

  • PhD in Biological Sciences, with a strong background in cancer biology, pathology, immunology, and oncology drug development is required.

  • 5 + years of experience in drug development in pharmaceutical or biotech industries.

  • Knowledge of computational pathology workflow and software is highly desired.

  • Strong leadership and oral/written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to multi-task a portfolio of drug project support and a robust technology development capability

  • Strong publication record and proven communication and presentation skills to wide audience (specialists and non-specialists). Excellent problem-solving skills with clear understanding of the balance of innovation, smart risks, fit-for-purpose solutions, and timely project delivery

  • Ability to drive, influence, manage, execute, and deliver results for complex multi-functional, interdisciplinary, and international projects.

  • Ability to act as an external ambassador and to influence external organizations to enhance the image and reputation of AstraZeneca.

Close date: 15/09/21

Competitive salary & benefits

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

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