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Associate Scientist - Bioassay Development

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-113884 Date posted 03/08/2021

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

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. 

Summary of the group:

The Bioassay Group develops and delivers fit-for-purpose, robust, and technologically advanced biological assays to progress pipeline products from research to commercial. We support end-to-end biological and bioanalytical characterization of AstraZeneca pipeline assets including mAbs, bispecifics, novel molecules, ADCs, oncolytic viruses and vaccines. We also support regulatory filings from IND to BLA and beyond.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for a broad range of bioassay development, optimization and qualification. This individual focuses principally on generating/culturing cell lines, developing cell-based assays, and carrying out biological characterization and testing of biopharmaceutical products, such as therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, vaccine, cell and gene therapy drug candidates. 

  • Responsible for performing routine lab equipment maintenance, and assisting in the identification and evaluation of new technologies. 

  • The Associate Scientist will be expected to make detailed observations, analyze data, interpret results, and exercise appropriate technical discretion in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments. 

  • Prepare technical reports, SOPs and summaries for meeting presentation. The successful candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills, good time management and multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, diverse, team-centered setting. The candidate will be expected to present findings at internal and/or external meetings. 

Position Requirements:


BS or MS in Biological/Biochemical Science

Minimum of a BS with 0+ years relevant experience, preferably working with cell-based bioassay in pharmaceutical industry environment.  Experience with FACS, ELISA, and SPR binding is a plus.  Good documentation, writing and communication skills.

The appropriate candidate should have a biology and/or biochemistry background, experience with mammalian cell culture, cell line engineering, and good hands-on skills. Familiarity with bioanalytical instrumentations, strong computer skills, data process and other scientific analysis skills are preferred.

Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and effectively contribute to project teams

Excellent teamwork, good documentation and communication skills

Good multi-tasking, time management and organizational skills.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next!

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.

Where can I find out more?

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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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Great culture, great work assignments, supportive management. Rotation opportunity within the company. They value inclusion and diversity.