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Associate Scientist I/II - Cell Culture - BPD

Location Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-087142 Date posted 07/20/2020

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 Biopharmaceutical Development group is a multi-disciplinary scientific function providing expertise in Process/Analytical/Formulation/Devices Development and Characterization with integrated Bioprocess Engineering, Clinical Manufacturing, and Supply Chain and Logistics operations. The group is also responsible for transferring the processes to different commercial sites in and outside the AstraZeneca organization. BPD group is present in multiple sites including Gaithersburg, MD and Cambridge UK.

The Cell Culture and Fermentation Sciences Group is accountable for cell line development, process development, and process characterization. This group assists in the scale up and technical transfer of processes to different clinical and commercial sites and also supports manufacturing deviations and regulatory submissions as needed.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Performance of shake flask and bioreactor runs
  • Development of media and bioreactor processes for mammalian cells
  • Performance of laboratory experiments to understand the fundamental mechanism associated with scale up and scale down of cell culture processes
  • A team player and strong communicator who can effectively perform the technical transfer activities and manufacturing support for the clinical/commercial process
  • Makes detailed observations, analyses data, and interprets results. Demonstrates scientific rigor in assessing own data and that of others. Utilizes forward-looking perspective to contribute to “go/no go” decisions. 
  • Leads/Participates in various cross functional technology development teams.
  • Authors and contributes to scientific publications, patents, and regulatory submissions.
  • Effectively presents results at internal meetings and external scientific meetings. 
  • Cell culture activities will require periodic weekend work.

Education & Experience Requirements:

Education:  Candidate should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biochemical/Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or a related field.                 

Experience:

AS I: BS degree with 5+ years of experience; MS degree with 2+ years of experience.

AS II: BS degree with 8+ years of experience; MS degree with 5+ years of experience.

Required Skills:

  • Mammalian cell culture process development experience
  • Solid understanding of biochemical engineering concepts and biochemical pathways
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (or related) programs
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills including proven technical writing skills are required.
  • Strong background in experimental design and data analysis skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Mammalian cell culture
  • Bioreactor operation
  • Knowledge of design of experiment (DOE)
  • Analysis of data using statistical analysis software such as JMP
  • Experience using ambr or similar high throughput tools

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?

Check out our landing page for more information on our BPD group  https://careers.astrazeneca.com/bpd

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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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