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Senior Scientist, Digital Pathology (1 year fixed-term contract)

Location Munich, Bavaria, Germany Job ID R-113821 Date posted 14/07/2021

Do you have expertise in, and a passion for digital pathology? would you like to assist with the delivery of projects during this 1 year contract; to understand the science and enhance the utility of biomarkers with computational pathology methods? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the biomarker analysis with imaging technologies in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


Welcome to Computational Pathology Munich, one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca, providing a collaborative environment where everyone feels comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca’s priorities, it’s important to us that you bring your full self to work every day. To help you maintain your best self, here’s a sneak peek into some of the things this site provides for you: After-work events, Lunch & Learns, Bright and spacious environment, Sustainable office working environment, Networking events, family and childcare support and of course the Alps around the corner for hiking, biking and skiing.


Be part of fulfilling our ambition to be world leaders in Oncology. We are already the fastest growing team within AstraZeneca and across the industry, and there are countless new indications and targets in our game-changing pipeline. We deliver this value through launch excellence, commercial effectiveness and maximising the lifecycle. By leveraging our commercialised portfolio we are confident we can change the practice of medicine and redefine cancer treatment.

We’re brave disruptors – entrepreneurial, courageous and pioneering in our approach. Here you have the opportunity to step up, take personal accountability and lead changes in our ever-evolving environment.

With pace and drive, comes trust that we will get it done. Embrace the freedom to create and expand your horizons. Always backed and supported by pioneering leaders, this is the place to build a world-class career that’s meaningful and rewarding. Here we’re on a journey to becoming digitally-enabled, to discover new ways of offering better solutions to our patients. Join the team with a vision to use data as a tool, to build a better, deeper, more personal understanding of the people we’re helping. To ultimately deliver better outcomes for them – through dynamic omnichannel content, personal relationships and experience.

What you’ll do

  • Support the practical delivery of projects and execute studies which establish a proof of concept, including biomarker analysis with imaging technologies, and manage  pathology and quality control aspects of a project. Integrate data on new compounds and information on disease pathology to establish a proof of the scientific theory behind biomarkers with computational pathology methods

  • Have a significant impact on the biomedical quality of the project by providing tissue and pathology knowledge, interpreting results and solving problems with innovative solutions

  • Deliver high quality annotations of whole slide images by independently directing and performing the generation of ground truth and the visual control of image analysis algorithms in line with broader projects

  • Provide input and pathology expertise to support the design of imaging biomarker analysis studies, including the optimization of laboratory assays for image analysis and their validation

  • Assist in the development of improved analytical and computational techniques and applications to allow the department to support more projects in collaboration with engineers and software developers

  • Collaborate and communicates with the team to ensure efficient transfer of data

  • Keep up-to-date on scientific discoveries and advances and share relevant information with the rest of the team

  • Contribute to determining the viability of projects as a valued team member and provide biology and pathology expertise on specific issues

  • Have significant input into project resourcing decisions and the allocation of work, including the coordination of external workers

  • Provide advice and training (including guidelines) to less experienced peers and to project team members to improve their slide reading and biomarker assessment skills

  • Ensure own work, and work of peers, is compliant with General Laboratory Standard and/or Good Laboratory Practice, Safety, Health and Environment standards and all other relevant internal AstraZeneca standards and external regulation

Essential for the role

  • Medical (M.D.), veterinary degree (D.V.M.) or PhD in Life science with experience in pathology and tissue-related analysis

  • Significant experience in tissue biomarker analysis (preferably, in pharmaceutical/diagnostic industry)

  • General knowledge in tissue diagnostics (histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, molecular pathology, genetics)

  • Experience with digital pathology methods and applications is required

  • Experience in cancer diagnostics

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong team working skills

  • Ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders

Competitive salary package and benefits

Close Date: 02/08/2021

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • 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.

  • If you’re curious to know more then please reach out to Louise Bennett

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