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MedImmune Postdoc Program

Leading with science

About our program

At MedImmune, the global biologics research & development arm of AstraZeneca, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight, better treat and even cure disease. As a postdoc at MedImmune, you will play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing the lives of patients. We offer an outstanding and rigorous scientific training program in a unique advanced biotechnology setting.

Program information

About the program

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

MedImmune postdoc program details

Based in either Gaithersburg, Maryland or Cambridge, UK, you will be part of a vibrant scientific community, working on highly innovative, even ground-breaking work that originates 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 MedImmune scientists and conduct research in our state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with cutting-edge technologies. This will help drive innovation in those scientific areas of particular interest to MedImmune for achieving our vision to advance science and medicine to help 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.  

"At MedImmune, we are passionate about coaching our peers of tomorrow and leading with ground-breaking science.”

Bahija Jallal EVP, AstraZeneca and Head of MedImmune

How to join us

You will need to complete the online application form that is associated with each of the position. 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.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to a Skype-like interview to aid in selection prior to a final interview at one of our locations.
Successful candidates will be offered a start date convenient to them and the supervisor but usually within three months of the offer.

Meet our people

Christopher Rhodes - Chair of the postdoc committee

Christopher Rhodes - Chair of the postdoc committee

What will the MedImmune postdoc program provide?
We hope that, principally, the postdoc will have an excellent scientific experience here at MedImmune. With access to significant resources and exposure to the cut and thrust of drug discovery, we view the program as a launch pad for the next steps in your career, whether it’s in a big company or start-up. We’re also very committed to ensuring postdocs publish well from their time at MedImmune and have the chance to attend the best conferences in their fields. This ensures they leave MedImmune with a very attractive set of achievements and experiences – moving toward an outstanding future scientific career.

On the other hand, the program gives both ways. I’ve always found that postdocs bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and excitement for science to our labs and inspire the scientists around them. Together the postdoctoral experience at MedImmune can be very rewarding for all of those involved in the program.

How does the MedImmune postdoc program differ from other companies?
We consider it prestigious to be a MedImmune postdoc. Primarily, we have the postdoc’s well-being, scientific development and their future career goals central to the program. We want to expose a postdoc to leading edge technologies and the latest scientific developments in a unique and dynamic biotechnology setting that is quite distinct from other industry programs. We aim to have postdocs experience invention and innovation on the cutting edge of biologic drug discovery and development. We will encourage postdocs to publish their novel research findings in top-tier/high-impact scientific journals whether it be applied, discovery, developmental and/or mechanistic in nature. All in all, within 3 years, a MedImmune postdoc will be well-armed and experienced, and in demand to take their next steps in a successful scientific career. 

Rachel Ettinger - Postdoc mentor

Rachel Ettinger - Postdoc mentor

Why is the postdoc role crucial to the scientific environment?
Post Docs at Medimmune are very important to the scientific environment.  They contribute exciting ideas by exploring underlying mechanisms to important problems.  This is true both in academia as well as in industry settings.  At MedImmune, we strive to understand drivers of disease pathology where our postdocs shed new light on unanswered questions.  The MedImmune postdocs have formed a community where they interact regularly to discuss their research or socialize after a long day at the bench. MedImmune postdocs are hardworking, productive and ambitious scientists whose scientific contributions often result in high impact publications in leading scientific journals.  One of the most important benefits to being a MedImmune post doc is not only contributing to exciting science, but also having excellent job opportunities in academia or industry once their tenure is completed, where a trainee now becomes a colleague.

Why is your experience as a postdoc mentor valuable?
I truly enjoy being a postdoc mentor.  Academia research is very important to me, and there are always more questions than hours in a day.  As such, it is important to focus on the most significant questions.  Working individually with the postdocs not only helps them design experiments that drive the science, but often reshapes the questions leading to answers not previously considered.  Thus, as the postdocs learn and grow in a new environment, I find I benefit from their experience too.

Marina Carla Cabrera - Postdoc in Oncology

Marina Carla Cabrera - Postdoc in Oncology

What attracted you to MedImmune’s postdoc program? 
I was attracted to the exposure to drug discovery and therapy development and the opportunity to learn about aspects of industry that are outside the lab – the regulatory process, intellectual property, business development partnerships, and prioritization strategies for projects on the pipeline.

What do you enjoy most about your postdoc experience at MedImmune? 
Having access to dozens of experts in antibody engineering, biopharmaceutical development, clinical biologics, immunology, and many others under one roof allowed me to learn from scientists who are pioneering those areas. I’ve enjoyed starting projects with groups outside of oncology and using cutting-edge technologies plus our entire pipeline of antibodies – it’s fun to design projects with a wealth of resources at one’s fingertips! 

What is one valuable learning/skill you will take with you when you leave MedImmune? 
Being proactive in pursuit of projects I believe in and finding a mentor who will champion those ideas has been essential in accomplishing them successfully.

Brandon Boland - Postdoc in CVMD investigating combination therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Brandon Boland - Postdoc in CVMD investigating combination therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

What attracted you to MedImmune’s postdoc program?
MedImmune has such a strong track record of following the science, a postdoc here was a no-brainer.  My postdoc has provided exposure to not only the drug development process, but a deeper understanding of how scientific discovery shapes the direction of the pharmaceutical industry overall. You really get an appreciation for both the forest and the trees.

What do you enjoy most about your postdoc experience at MedImmune?
It’s very difficult to pick one favorite thing about working here.  The people here are phenomenal—they should be mentioned first and foremost in any discussion about what makes MedImmune great. The passion to bring effective treatments to patients in need is palatable. I do really enjoy how postdocs are encouraged not only to drive the development of novel therapies, but to determine how they work. We get the opportunity to provide mechanistic insight into therapies that could be 5-10 years away from the public eye. It really is the absolute cutting edge. And, we’re given tremendous support and resources to achieve this goal.  It’s a bit like a research playground, and it’s a lot of fun!

What is one valuable learning/skill you will take with you when you leave MedImmune?
The most valuable thing that I’m learning at MedImmune is how to leverage quality and rigorous science to drive an asset forward through the pipeline. MedImmune has provided me the framework to begin to understand how this is achieved. Learning how to build a bridge between an idea and a Phase 3 therapeutic is a skill that I will continue to refine throughout my professional career, and I couldn’t be happier that it started here at MedImmune.

Anna Bird - Post Doctoral Fellow Oncology

Anna Bird - Post Doctoral Fellow Oncology

MedImmune offers postdocs a chance to pursue high-impact translational research and advance their ideas via collaboration with the world’s leading experts in biologics development.

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