Team Leader Bioscience Immunology, Early R&I

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Why we love it

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What you’ll do

Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day.

As a part of building Immunology Bioscience team within Early R&I department, we are seeking a highly motivated Team Leader to lead the group of scientists and associate scientists focusing on identifying and validating new drug targets for patients with Rheumatological, Dermatological and Gastrointestinal diseases. The group will deliver key data to projects across all phases of the drug discovery and early development and work with different modalities such as small molecules, modified mRNA, antisense oligonucleotides and peptides. The position is placed in Cambridge, UK.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this role you will be a program and people leader in the Bioscience, Immunology team focusing on developing therapeutics for treatment of Rheumatological and Gastrointestinal Diseases. The candidate will ensure delivery of preclinical and translational data in support of key portfolio program landmarks, drive identification of novel targets partnering with multiple functional teams, drive technical excellence in bioscience research and contribute to the strategic direction of Bioscience Immunology leadership team. You will take an active role in growing and developing team members and recruitment of new talents.

  • Drive new target identification strategies and oversee the design and execution of bioscience in vitro and in vivo experiments integrating both disease and pathway approaches in support of portfolio programs
  • Develop and lead collaborations with disease experts
  • Work closely with key leaders in partner functions to ensure project goals are met
  • Select, develop, coach, mentor, retain, motivate and inspire team members in Bioscience, Immunology team
  • Accountable to manage resources effectively, providing flexible, competent and responsive Bioscience support to projects
  • Accountable for long-term development of the Bioscience department in close collaboration with the Head of Department and the other Bioscience team leaders
  • Drive innovation and scientific excellence in Bioscience through internal scientific development, external collaborations, publications and competitive awareness. Will also actively search, establish and manage external collaborations
  • Create and maintain a work environment in which scientific challenge and innovation are improved
  • May present specific target ideas to target review meetings, leadership team and Research Board
  • Work collaboratively with other Teams within and outside of the Early R&I
  • Make AstraZeneca scientifically visible by publishing scientific papers and presenting data at conferences
  • Strong focus on managing performance and setting challenging, achievable and measurable objectives and manage salary and bonus for the team
  • Ensure that the work of the team is performed with the right quality in accordance with compliance processes.
  • Ensure compliance with all corporate guidelines and rules

Essential Requirements

  • M.D, Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D degree in immunology or relevant research area
  • Track record of scientific excellence in immunology with preference to mucosal immunology
  • Experience with in vitro and in vivo mucosal immunology models including colitis disease models
  • Strong leadership capabilities with emphasis of people management and development of others
  • Expertise in drug discovery projects in the immunology field or a closely related field of biology is preferred
  • A strong understanding of Immune-mediated gastrointestinal or dermatological diseases is preferred
  • Training in T-cell and innate immunity is preferred
  • Experience in the identification and progression of novel drug targets and pathways
  • Outstanding team working skills and a proven track record of working collaboratively to ensure scientific excellence and rapid progression of projects

Salary: Competitive

Advertising opens on 21st Feb 2022, and we welcome with your application; CV and cover letter, no later than 21st March 2022

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