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Associate Director, Chemical Biology and Proteomics

Location Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Job ID R-094236 Date posted 11/30/2020

Associate Director, Chemical Biology and Proteomics

Are you a recognised leader in the field of Chemical Biology and Proteomics? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the preclinical and clinical projects in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the place 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.


Discovery Sciences applies deep technical expertise in specialist technologies to support the delivery of targets and molecules to the early AstraZeneca pipeline. Targets are identified through our human genomics and functional genomics efforts, employing the latest technologies in genome editing and advanced cell model development. Once identified and validated, we work with therapy area project teams to identify novel small molecules effectors of these targets using our integrated sample management and platform screening groups.

What you’ll do

  • Deliver a leading Chemical Biology and Proteomics capability to support preclinical and clinical drug discovery projects across all AstraZeneca therapeutic areas, with resources aligned with Discovery Sciences prioritisation and strategy
  • Develop a science, technology and improvement vision for the use of Chemical Biology and Proteomics methods in small molecule drug discovery
  • Lead a high-performing team with a passion for scientific delivery and innovation.   
  • Drive innovation, scientific excellence and external visibility of the Chemical Biology and Proteomics capability through internal scientific/technological development, external collaborations, publications and conference presentations

Essential for the role

  • PhD in chemistry/chemical biology/proteomics or related discipline with 8 or more years’ experience in a drug discovery or similar R&D environment
  • Track record of leading teams in highly matrixed science and technology-based organisations and evidence of ability to shape groups to the needs of the business. 
  • Experience with project management, change management and/or implementation of process optimization approaches
  • Broad industrial and academic network with key stakeholders and innovation leaders internationally
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable for the role

  • Experience with the development of informatics tools to enable integrated analysis of proteomics data

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 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.

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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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