Associate Principal Scientist, Data Science, Comp Pathology


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. 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.


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

The Computational Pathology team is growing to meet the challenges of pre-clinical and clinical big data generation initiatives in AZ Oncology with focus on medical imaging. There exists an opportunity for a talented and motivated data scientist with strong expertise in biostatistics to join the team as an Associate Principal Scientist to integrate and translate image analysis features with other omics data into meaningful drug project impact. To do this you will:

  • Work as part of multi-disciplinary teams spanning digital pathology, bioinformatics and translational medicine to understand their scientific and technical challenges and proactively impact these.

  • Apply your strong statistical/analytical skills to the development of novel metrics from images.

  • Extract knowledge and insights from image-based data in order to support drug development and biomarker discovery in Early Oncology through a range of data preparation, modelling, analysis and/or visualization techniques.

  • Apply quantitative expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical modelling and/or applied mathematics to develop and operate innovative solutions.

  • Assume technical leadership role in projects or segments of large scale programs, while applying specialist knowledge in image data science.

  • Contribute to image data science algorithm libraries, and enabling tools and components.

  • Effectively engage with the technology; development and AI science community within AstraZeneca, whilst contributing to scientific conferences and/or journal publications.

Essential for the role

  • Relevant PhD (or equivalent graduate degree plus proven applied experience), combining:

    • Technical expertise in applied biostatistics, computational biology or data science.

    • Expertise in developing and applying novel algorithms to biological problems.

  • Expertise in one or more of the following:

    • Analysis of images, particularly from histopathology.

    • A deep understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving cancer or immunological disorders.

    • Data management including curation, data engineering, FAIR and reproducible research practices.

  • R and/or Python programming and visualisation expertise.

  • Skilled in effective communication of complex data to a non-expert.

  • Enthusiasm and persistence in the application of analytic methods to complex biological problems.

  • Familiarity with the Unix environment and high performance computing environments.

  • Capability of successfully managing multiple simultaneous projects.

  • Working effectively within cross-disciplinary science teams, including with functional leaders.

  • Experience contributing to the research community through publication, conferences and open source code projects.

Desirable for the role

  • Familiarity with imaging modalities (WSI, CT, MRI), especially histopathology images (H&E, IHC, mIF):

  • Experience with oncology related imaging datasets (TCGA, Camelyon).

  • Technical expertise in processing and analysing images.

  • Familiarity with image analysis tools and libraries.

  • Experience contributing to medical imaging community (MICCAI, MIDL, CVPR, etc).

  • Experience in using imaging for building statistical models:

  • Understanding of machine learning and deep learning methods applicable for building models based on images, for example CNN, FCN.

  • Familiarity with HPC (SLURM) and processing of data on GPUs;

  • Experience with TensorFlow, PyTorch, OpenCV, ITK, scikit-image etc


Competitive salary package and benefits

Close Date: 16/07/2021

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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