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Principal/Associate Director/Director Companion Diagnostics Expert

Location Waltham, Massachusetts, United States Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-074078 Date posted 03/01/2020

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve no matter where you start with us.

Due to sustained growth are hiring across a number of new positions in our Precision Medicine function.  As a Companion Diagnostics Expert, you will play a pivotal role in providing medicines that make a real difference to patient care. Precision Medicine is at the heart of our commitment to innovation and growth. Through diagnostic tests to evaluate individual responses to treatments, we aim to match medicines to those patients who will benefit most. We apply Precision medicine approaches across all therapy areas (TAs), and in over 85% of drug projects in our pipeline, which sets us apart from our competitors.

In our state-of-the-art research centers you’ll be able to immerse yourself in your work, advance your career and contribute towards scientific excellence. But as well as thriving in our multidisciplinary setting, you’ll work collaboratively with external diagnostic companies and world-class research institutes.  If you’re inspired by the possibilities of science and precision medicine to make a difference to patients and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

Main duties and responsibilities

As a Diagnostic Expert with experience at the Senior / Associate Director / Director level you’ll be a member of the Oncology Companion Diagnostic Unit (CDU) team. Your objective will be to ensure that innovative companion diagnostic tests are delivered to our oncology drug projects. This will entail developing and implementing the diagnostic strategy agreed by the respective early or late development teams, and planning and leading Precision Medicine activities from a technical, financial, risk, regulatory, IP and partnering perspective.

The role will involve contributing to the personal development of project team members. Providing expert advice on strategic and innovative precision medicine approaches and companion diagnostic development to development teams, you’ll be instrumental in ensuring that we adopt world-class practice in the field to increase the likelihood of successful drug development, launch and return on investment.

Please note: Level of position will be dependent on experience, skills and capabilities determined through the interview process.

Essential requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant subject
  • Significant scientific knowledge in Oncology, companion diagnostic test development expertise and implementation in clinical studies
  • Evidence of delivery, and experience of precision medicine approaches and diagnostic development in Oncology
  • Excellent skills in communication, leadership, stakeholder influencing, programme management with strong business acumen
  • Significant understanding of the functions involved in companion diagnostic development and how they contribute to achieving business objectives.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of delivering companion diagnostics, regulatory interactions and commercialization
  • Record of publications and strong external reputation in the precision medicine field



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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