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Clinical Information Science Director, Oncology

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Job ID R-075851 Date posted 05/13/2020

At AstraZeneca want to redefine the cancer-treatment paradigm, our broad pipeline of next-generation medicines is focused principally on four disease areas – breast, ovarian, lung and haematological cancers, and we aim to bring six new cancer medicines to patients by 2020.

Would you like to be a part of helping us achieve this ambition? Explore the possibility of joining us as a Clinical Information Science Principal (CISP) within Oncology & Immuno-Oncology.

Even as research and development continues to break boundaries in how we understand and fight cancer, there are still more than eight million lives lost every year to the disease. This is why the optimal use of clinical information to shape our trials and subsequent portfolio of oncology products is crucial to us being able to deliver life-changing medicines to patients most in need. Would you be motivated to join us in our dedication to the cause of one-day helping to eliminate cancer as a cause of death?


In this role you will play a leading role in supporting  global clinical directors and trial design teams in finding and structuring clinical information driving optimal designs for late stage oncology drug development. It sits within our Information Practice unit who enterprise reuse of clinical information and knowledge retention for better informed decision-making and clinical development.

In Biometrics & Information Sciences (B&I) we are the statistical and information experts for late stage (phase II and beyond) drug development. You’ll be part of a truly global team alongside some of the most respected statistical programming, information practice and analytics specialists in the industry.


As a strategic director embedded within dynamic oncology drug project teams, you will lead the delivery of information clinical teams need to assist them in making decisions driving the drug development process. For example, using a variety of information sources such as ClinicalTrials.Gov, BioMed Tracker, and internal clinical databases.

You will also lead key drug meetings and committees by establishing the scope, goals and deliverables supporting business goals in collaboration with senior management and decision makers. This will include developing and controlling deadlines as well as preparing progress reports.

The significant areas for contribution are:

Clinical Design

  • Support decision-making in clinical design by identifying, extracting and presenting back meaningful facts and data via internal and external information sources
  • Building a repository of key data bringing together key historical decisions for wide team to use and refer to (build the memory of clinical trials ranging from Phase IIb thru registration and life cycle management)
  • Lead the design team by collaborating with project stakeholders to plan and schedule project timelines tracking project landmarks

Disseminate key clinical information

  • Using techniques such as: text mining, data visualization, competitor intelligence, and benchmarking extract key relevant information proactively enabling clinical drug design decision makers to make timely and objective decisions
  • Facilitate access to complex information for the drug project and ensure access to and (re)use of clinical information, documents and data


To succeed in this opportunity, you will have a real passion for clinical data and information – and proven insightful ability to know what information to seek, how to find it, and how to share it with the teams in a clear and meaningful way. You will be a creative thinker with an appetite for doing things differently.

You’ll be excited by the prospect of playing a lead role within late stage oncology drug development projects. An excellent communicator with great listening skills, who can absorb information and respond in a concise manner.

In addition you will also have:

  • Minimum Bachelors Degree in a Life Science or related discipline.
  • Advanced degree in a Life Science, or related discipline a plus.
  • Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical clinical drug development process (with a preference for late-stage drug development in oncology, immuno-oncology of immunology)
  • Good understanding of project management techniques and methods
  • Experience in clinical information or science information setting in the application of information and knowledge management (settings could include, but are not limited to clinical drug development, medical writing, medical affairs, clinical operations, competitor intelligence, regulatory intelligence)
  • Demonstrated leadership capability – including ability to influence stakeholders
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to multitask; can set priorities and follow a timeline
  • Great attention to detail

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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