In Vivo Scientist (12 month fixed term contract)

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In our dynamic environment, be supported by the brightest minds working together side by side. Agile and collaborative, we work cross-functionally, as well as externally, to thrive at pace.

What we do

We are a global, science-led BioPharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

How we do it

Committed to living our values – they guide our behaviours, actions and decisions, everyday.

AstraZeneca’s vision is to push the boundaries of science to change the practice of medicine, transform the lives of patients living with diseases in our three main therapy areas of Oncology, Respiratory and Inflammation (R&I) and Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM).

The Animal Sciences & Technologies (AST) Department supports and drives in vivo science for AstraZeneca in Cambridge. We conduct studies to evaluate the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of candidate drugs.

What you’ll do

Working within the AST Department you will apply your scientific and animal technical in vivo expertise to deliver animal studies within our therapy area focused teams, enabling the progression of an expanding drug portfolio.

This role is best suited for a professional with experience in animal work keen to develop their scientific knowledge and broaden their skill set. You will also be required to prioritise your own workload and contribute to the delivery of a busy, multidisciplinary team of scientists.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Performs daily animal husbandry tasks for a variety of species, identifies and reports any abnormal findings, and maintains the highest standards of animal care and welfare.
  • Responsibilities include technical procedures such as animal identification, collecting biological samples, administering test articles, in-life measurements and clinical observation/welfare reporting.
  • Generates clear and complete data sets, including the documentation of raw data in computerised data capturing systems and on hand written records.
  • Contributes to the plans and designs of in vivo studies and provides general technical and scientific advice on specific projects and studies.
  • Manages own work to ensure that agreed targets are met in a timely manner and to quality standards, communicating progress appropriately.
  • Performs relevant in vivo experiments and interprets results based on a standard methodology.
  • May modify or improve processes and systems, depending on purpose of experiments.
  • Be able to lead a small science project or improvement initiative.
  • Assesses and communicates data and trends to department management and project teams.
  • Provides technical instruction to the team and may act as a designated trainer for technical and operational procedures.
  • Liaises with colleagues from other subject areas with the purpose of discussing project-related matters, sharing experiences and reporting progress.
  • Expected to maintain current knowledge in Laboratory animal sciences, e g. through Continued Professional Development (CPD), collaboration with peer scientists or contacts by other internal groups.
  • Ensures that work is performed in accordance with appropriate Safety, Health & Environment (SHE), quality and compliance standards, e.g. Good Laboratory Standards (GLS).
  • Is required to work flexibly across different therapy areas and participate in provision of weekend, Bank Holiday and out of hours support.

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • A Levels, HNC, HND or equivalent or relevant experience
  • Holds or working towards professional animal related technical, veterinary or scientific qualifications

Essential Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experimental in vivo skills in a variety of species predominantly rodents
  • Current Home Office personal licence holder (modules A-B or 1-2/1-3) or equivalent qualification
  • Fully conversant with all aspects of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, Directive 2010/63/EU, associated Home Office guidelines and their implications.
  • Understanding of the principles and concepts associated with own subject/specialist area and an appreciation of the relevant science and literature
  • Problem-solving skills related to in vivo research and data analysis
  • Understanding of the basic principles and concepts in a broad range of technology, or substantial experience in a narrower field of technology
  • Understanding of compliance systems
  • Fluent in verbal and written English language

Desirable Knowledge/Experience:

  • Understanding of range of scientific subject areas within R&D
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry
  • BSc/MSc degree or equivalent or relevant experience – this position is unlikely suited to a person with a PhD

Salary: Competitive

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

Advertising opens on 14th May 2021 and we welcome with your application; CV and cover letter, no later than 28th May 2021

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Additional information

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