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R&D IT- ELN Lead- Chennai

Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Job ID R-140915 Date posted 04/07/2022



Leverage technology to impact patients and ultimately save lives

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, information technology? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the IT strategy in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, 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 disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work.

About our it team and r&d it

It’s a dynamic and results-oriented environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or redefining the roles and work of colleagues, forever. Shape your own path, with support all the way. Diverse minds that work cross- functionally and broadly together.

In R&D IT, specifically Early Science, we have highly skilled scientists in our labs who experiment and support complex drug projects. The environment is driven by scientific and technical innovation with a high level of diversity in workflows, data and vendors.

About the role

AstraZeneca are looking for a technically skilled engineer / lead to work on our Electronic Lab Notebook Team.

The engine of Research & Development is in our Labs – it’s where 1500 scientists perform 100k experiments a year to support and drive our drug projects. We are looking for an Engineer to join our team and deliver the technical changes in the portfolio, used by Scientists, for lab notebooks.

Working alongside your Platform Lead, architects and other IT and science partners, you will be working to understand, devise technical solutions, estimate and deliver and run operationally sustainable platform components. You will use your technical acuity to balance between COTS and home-grown solutions according to the requirements and in either case own its technical lifecycle and roadmap

Key responsibilities

Early Science Engineering is an expanding global development team which is migrating as close to as we can to a true DevOps model.

  • You’ll work with a team of engineers, distributed across multiple locations to consistently and iteratively deliver high-impact, high-quality solutions

  • You’ll take part in Agile ceremonies to estimate requirements and deliver tailored, complete solutions in a way that is operationally stable and sustainable.

  • You’ll follow standard methodologies when deploying specific code or configuration, reducing rework, continually looking for optimisation

  • Advocate and advance modern, agile software development practices and evangelize great engineering culture

  • You’ll be a key part of the team to transform an estate of silo’ d systems into an ecosystem that delivers great user experiences

As a platform engineer you must have deep technical skills, along with the ability and willingness to learn new skills and technologies in a fast-paced environment We are looking for someone who gets excited at the thought of solving tough challenges.

You should apply if you have

  • Experience in supporting Electronic Lab Notebook Applications (Perkin Elmer and Biovia) focus on Biovia.

  • Solve various Admin and normal ELN issues and fix them.

  • Good understanding about the Architecture of the ELN.

  • Advanced exposure to workflow within the ELN Application.

  • Technically competent and curious, with a passion to explore, iterate, fail, and learn.

  • Knowledge in fixing network issues, diagnosing and solving software issues (especially MS Office, Adobe)

  • Experience in providing L2 and L3 Level support with a good understanding of Organisational change process (bug fixes, customization changes, enhancements)

  • Exposure to working in ITIL environment managing issues through Service Now

  • Analytical, Problem solving & Troubleshooting skills

  • Updating self-help documents so customers/employees can try to fix problems themselves

  • ELN Application upgrade/migration exposure and helping business in major activities.

  • Customizing the Critical functionalities within the Application is desirable

  • You know and care about sound engineering practices like continuous delivery and automated testing

  • You have worked in a team and understand the importance of collaboration and is passionate about helping others.

  • Excellent in verbal & written communication skills.

  • Flexible to work during critical issues negotiating the timeframe and a good team player.

Education requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Science, or equivalent degree is preferred.

Desired skills:

Prior exposure in managing small teams Strong skills in understanding business requirements, analysis and implementation. Experience in full lifecycle of the application and critical workflows




We’re a network of high-reaching self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering premier technology and data solutions.

We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. Put simply, it’s because we make a significant impact. Everything we do matters.


Are you already envisioning yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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