Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Mass Spectrometry-based Clinical Proteomics? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the clinical development of oncology drugs with innovative biomarkers in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? 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. A place built on courage, curiosity and collaboration – we make bold decisions driven by patient outcomes. Empowered to lead at every level, free to ask questions and take smart risks that write the next chapter for our pipeline and Oncology team. Make a meaningful impact that brings real benefits to society. By applying your knowledge of data, you will help to redefine our industry and ultimately save lives. Work with experts who share a common goal: to accelerate the potential of medicines and the science of tomorrow.


Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.


Translational Medicine supports programs in all phases of development and focuses on making measurements on human samples to understand why, and identify which, patients benefit from particular treatments, what doses and schedules of treatments to use and the mechanisms underlying the development of resistance to treatment.

In oncology studies Translational Medicine are responsible for the biomarker strategy and implementation which includes all exploratory analyses of global clinical trial samples and prospective testing for trial recruitment where required. Join the team dedicated to Oncology, with an ambition to eliminate cancer as a cause of death. It’s our big vision that unites and inspires us. With multiple indications and high-quality molecules at all stages of our innovative pipeline, we keep pushing forward. Fusing cutting-edge science with the latest technology to achieve breakthroughs. Backed by investment, we are aiming to deliver 6 new molecular entities by 2025. We are empowered to be bold, take calculated risks and use our intelligence and courage to always follow the science. This approach has enabled us to successfully deliver 7 new Oncology medicines in as many years. We are focused on identifying and treating patients earlier, where there is greater curative potential. With the greatest number of early stage cancer trials in the industry, we are getting closer to finding cures every day.

What you’ll do

AstraZeneca is seeking a scientist to support Translational Medicine efforts in Oncology as a member of the Clinical Proteomics team located in Gaithersburg, MD. The scientist should have experience mass spectrometry technologies and will carry out translational studies involving biomarker quantitation from clinical samples (e.g., tumor biopsies) to accelerate clinical development of AZ’s oncology drugs.

This position requires an individual with outstanding technical skills and scientific experience as well as excellent communication and collaborative skills. The individual must be able to work in a fast-paced clinical and product development organization to translate fundamental insights using proteomics into targeted therapeutics and biomarker hypotheses that can be tested in clinical trials. The successful candidate is expected to drive the publication of proteomics data in top-tier scientific, technical or medical journals.

  • Develop, validate and implement MS-based proteomics technologies for clinical biomarker studies.

  • Process clinical samples (e.g., FFPE tissue, frozen tissue, plasma) for translational and clinical proteomics studies according to SOPs.

  • Be responsible for generating and maintaining high-quality PRM data for early-stage ADC programs, and collaborate with the bioinformatics team to demonstrate clinical utilities of protein biomarkers.

  • Operate state-of-the-art LC-MS instruments, and ensure high-quality data generation by applying strict QC and routine maintenance. Stay current with the latest technologies to improve the protocols.

  • Analyze data, summarize results, and present key results at functional reviews and project reviews

Essential for the role

  • Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry or related field with 0-5 years post-doctoral experience in mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Candidates with M.S. in bioanalytical chemistry or related field with 4-10 years of post-graduate experience in mass spectrometry-based proteomics will be considered.

  • Experience in targeted proteomics and PRM/SRM assay development for oncology biomarkers.

  • In-depth understanding of various quantitation technologies including PRM and DIA, and their clinical applications.

  • Strong theoretical understanding of protein biochemistry and practical knowledge of bottom-up proteomics.

  • Experience in processing human tissue samples for proteomics analysis.

  • Solid understanding of separation chemistry for proteins/peptides analysis with an experience of nano-flow UPLC.

  • Extensive experience in instrumentation, trouble shooting, QC, standardization for proteomics workflow and pipeline development.

  • Coding skills (R, Python) for data analysis, and ability to use/evaluate open-source software packages for processing mass spectrometry data.

  • Experience in working independently and collaboratively in a matrixed environment with some experience in project management.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Competitive salary and benefits

Close date: 22nd September 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

Where can I find out more?

Our Social Media, Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn

Follow AstraZeneca on Facebook

Follow AstraZeneca on Instagram

More Information

Apply for this job

Privacy Policy / BBSTEM Limited | Registered in England and Wales | Company No: 11127036