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AstraZeneca Postdoc Programme

AstraZeneca Postdoc Programme

In our global biologics research and development arm, our mission is centred on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight, better treat and even cure disease. As a postdoc with us, you'll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing the lives of patients. 

About the programme

The AstraZeneca Postdoc Programme is uniquely designed to immerse you in the industry while providing a clear path to publications and access to state-of-the-art technologies. Our postdoc scientists help to build our scientific reputation and increase our scientific visibility through quality publications. Here, you’ll have access to leading mentors while joining the strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family. Together, we explore advanced biologic technologies and how they can treat disease. We also have a dynamic scientific environment that fosters collaboration and innovation.

Based in either Gaithersburg, MD, Waltham, MA in the US, Cambridge or Alderley Park in the UK or Gothenburg, SE or you will be part of a vibrant scientific community, working on highly innovative, even ground-breaking projects that originate from scientists and clinicians across our research areas. As part of our wider postdoc network, you’ll be encouraged to get together with your peers to socialize and share experiences around your science and projects. You’ll also be expected to attend scientific conferences and seminars to present your work, which will eventually lead to high quality publications in the leading journals from your discipline.

To achieve these goals, you’ll be supported by experienced scientists and conduct research in our state-of-the-art laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technologies. This will help drive innovation in the scientific areas of particular interest to our R&D business, enabling us to achieve our vision of advancing science and medicine and helping people live better lives.

Who we look for

You’ll be the kind of scientist who lives for research. Someone who loves the thrill of hands-on science, challenging the way things are done, introducing new techniques and generating fresh ideas. Someone who wants to contribute to the next big scientific breakthrough.

Always looking for new approaches, you’ll enjoy working in an environment that offers you the freedom to explore and implement your ideas.

You will need a science-based PhD and/or MD plus a strong record in a field such as Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pharmacology, Computational Biology/Chemistry, Informatics, Medicinal Chemistry, Biophysics, Structural Biology, Safety & Toxicology, Clinical Research, and/or Statistics.

Just as important, you’ll combine a natural curiosity with strong technical ability and a genuine love of science and what it can achieve. The successful candidate will benefit from daily interaction with highly accomplished scientists with whom they will collaborate.

How to join us

  1. You will need to complete the online application form associated with the position you’re applying to. If you are interested in more than one position, you will need to fill in an application form for each one. It is important that you take your time to complete your application in full as we place a lot of importance on all areas of the application form.
  2. Short-listed applicants will be invited to a telephone interview to aid in selection prior to a final interview at one of our locations.
  3. Successful candidates will be offered a start date convenient to them and the supervisor but usually within three months of the offer.

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