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Associate Director, Patient Safety Scientist

Location Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-114474 Date posted 24/09/2021

At AstraZeneca, we work together to deliver innovative medicines to patients across global boundaries. We make an impact and find solutions to challenges. We do this with integrity, even in the most difficult situations, because we are committed to doing the right thing.

This is an opportunity to further develop your pharmacovigilance (PV) experience in safety programs, spanning the entire life cycle of drug development and peri-/post-submission. Our Scientists and Physicians play a strategic role in developing our medicines and the safety science of the program. AstraZeneca’s oncology pipeline, which includes novel combinations and modalities, provides an intellectual challenge to the safety teams, requiring a broad portfolio and scientific management approach to projects. Our teams’ experience develops as our portfolio does.

We are looking for an Associate Director, Patient Safety (PS) Scientist to join our Patient Safety department, working in the Oncology Therapeutic Area. In this exciting and challenging role, you will work collaboratively with the Global Safety Physician (GSP) and other PV Scientists and physicians. You will play a role supporting the safety strategy and requirements for your assigned drug project(s). Your ability to work collaboratively will facilitate cross-functional interactions with colleagues from across AstraZeneca, including counterparts within Clinical Project Teams, Global Regulatory Affairs, and Global Commercial teams.

As an Associate Director, PS Scientist, you will be involved in aggregating, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting safety-related data to generate information to support safety decision-making by prescribers, patients and payers, with the ultimate goal of protecting patients. You will apply your PV, oncology and scientific experience, knowledge and skills to deliver all aspects of safety documentation, including authoring and / or providing strategic safety input to regulatory documents, e.g., regulatory reports, health authority responses and the safety content of marketing authorization applications.

Patient Safety sits within the Chief Medical Office, where we have a crucial role to play. This is an exciting period for us, as well as for those poised to join us. Our strategy and ability to transform our medicines portfolio means we have a drug-development pipeline that presents incredible opportunities to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Faced with complex disease challenges, we focus on exceptional performance to drive the best and most progressive drug development programs ever!

Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s in sciences/pharmacy/nursing degree or related field
  • 3+ years of proven experience
  • Patient Safety and/or Clinical/Drug Development proven experience working in safety &/or scientific activities in at least 3 of the following areas:
  • Clinical drug development (Early and/or Late Phase: develop & deliver programme level safety strategy, including proactive risk identification & mitigation planning)
  • Post-Marketing Surveillance (including signal detection & evaluation)
  • MAA/BLA submissions (preparation and authoring of the safety related aspects of the Common Technical Document)
  • Periodic Safety Reports (deliver strategy, preparation and authoring)
  • Risk Management Plans (deliver strategy, preparation and authoring)
  • Governance board interactions and communication across a range of activities
  • Good knowledge of PV regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to handle more than one activity simultaneously, prioritizing well and recognizing key issues
  • Ability to work effectively in an advanced matrix structure
  • Proficient in written and verbal English


  • MSc/PhD/PharmD in scientific field
  • 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Understanding of epidemiology

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them

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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