Associate Principal Scientist, RAS Cancer Biology, Oncology

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Oncology Bioscience group in Cambridge as a RAS Cancer expert. You will be leading efforts to explore novel approaches to target RAS signalling pathways in cancer. You will bring your expertise to deliver datasets that will have direct impact on the drug discovery process and pipeline. You will become part of a team of biologists focussed on delivering the next generation of medicines targeting RAS.

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 our Chesterford Research Park, 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…high quality office facilities accommodating teams from our Oncology, BioPharmaceuticals R&D Organisations. Restaurant and bar facilities within the park along with space for recreational walks and jogging paths. The park hosts a health and fitness centre and provides coach and shuttle bus services to Cambridge City centre, easily accessible via regular running public transport, you can also park at the site.

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 seeking a highly motivated and independent Associate Principal Scientist (APS) with experience in RAS cancer biology and a track record of scientific excellence to join our Oncology Bioscience Team in Cambridge, UK. As a RAS expert you will be leading efforts to explore novel approaches to target RAS signalling pathways in cancer. You will bring your expertise to deliver datasets that will have direct impact on the drug discovery process and pipeline. You will become part of a team of biologists focussed on delivering the next generation of medicines targeting RAS.

  • Working in this scientific leadership role you will apply your technical and scientific knowledge to explore novel and innovative strategies to target RAS working with multi-disciplinary research and project teams.

  • Works independently with minimal supervision to plan, conduct and analyse experiments.

  • Supervise delivery of a team of research scientists working on the RAS signalling pathway.

  • Providing expert interpretation of the data, identifying innovative solutions to problems and putting forward plans for further experiments.

  • Maintaining an awareness of current developments in the literature to support research and discovery projects.

Essential for the role

  • PhD (or equivalent) in a biological science with at least several years of research experience post-PhD in academia or industry including research on the RAS signalling pathway.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to report data in a clear and concise manner, with a clear understanding of its implications.

  • Positive and collaborative team player with willingness to improve and learn new skills.

  • A proven track-record of productivity including authorship in peer-reviewed scientific publications.

  • Supervision experience

Desirable for the role

  • Lab-based drug discovery experience in academic or pharmaceutical company setting

  • An understanding of the drug discovery process

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: 14/03/2022

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