Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Cambridge


Principal Medical Scientist – Early Clinical Development (Oncology)

Cambridge, United Kingdom

We lead our industry in our development of a strong and varied pipeline. This means our people are here to win, we give you a breadth of opportunities to be curious and do cutting edge, unique work that has big impact on science and medicine.

Principal Medical Scientists are a resource for the Project Team, as physician-delegates working synergistically with physicians as an expert in medical scientific aspects of the compound and its development.  The accountabilities are broad, however  the core accountability is the medical & scientific support for the development and maintenance of the non-AstraZeneca sponsored clinical trial strategy (e.g., Investigator Sponsored Studies), review of clinical trial proposals and external relationship management.

Additional physician-delegate tasks may include the set-up, conduct, reporting and interpretation of clinical trials, liaison with discovery, regulatory, clinical and commercial colleagues, input to regulatory documentation, and review of literature pertaining to the compounds under development. Oncology Medical Scientists in early clinical development typically focus on the Phase I and Phase II development plan up to proof of concept. These individuals must ensure that all project activities are undertaken to the highest ethical and safety standards and in compliance with GCP, regulatory & appropriate pharmaceutical code requirements. The job-holder can expect to get broad international exposure to other functions involved in the drug development process within AstraZeneca, gaining an overview of how strategic direction is set and how decisions are made during drug development.

Typical Accountabilities

Depending on needs of the specific project, the Principal Medical Scientist may take on tasks delegated by the project physician where appropriate:

• Lead the generation of external clinical development strategy for a programme

• Lead clinical proposal reviews, and scientific discussions with external Investigators

• Support key contacts with opinion leaders, and help develop alliances as appropriate

• Represent the project internally and support oncology drug development externally as a medical scientific expert. Liaise with bioscientists to provide clinical input to the development of the line of sight.

• Ensure and champion consistent medical & scientific aspects of the clinical study plans across the programme

• Provide medical scientific leadership to data and safety reviews ensuring consistency throughout the process

• Provide medical science support to specific studies when requested by the physician as appropriate

• Communicates information to multiple teams in various areas of the drug development process, ensuring all involved parties are aware of important developments

• Represent AstraZeneca as a support for external meetings such as advisory boards and

Investigator meetings

• Guide aspects of the Clinical Development Plan (CDP) and Clinical Study Protocols in keeping with the approved CDP and ensuring linkage of trial data to target product claims/profile

• Input medical scientific information to internal documentation such as risk management plans, Investigator Brochures and strategic planning documents

• Follow important developments and trends in the medical & scientific literature

• Write and check content and quality of publications and input to development of publication strategy

• Understand early phase clinical trials – process and outcomes.
Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

• Relevant Clinical or Biomedical Ph.D or relevant Pharmacy, Nursing, MSc/MRes degree with proven R&D drug development experience

• Significant clinical drug development or medical affairs experience within a pharmaceutical company environment

• A degree of specialist knowledge of the medical and scientific activities related to Oncology

• A good understanding of more than one development function

• Ability to work collaboratively in a cross functional setting

• Capable of working both independently and with guidance in complex situations as part of a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate decision making and project deliverables

• Credibility in scientific environments.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without

About the company

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that spans the discovery, development, manufacturing, distribution and worldwide commercialisation of primary care and speciality care medicines.

We believe the best way we can help patients is to focus on breakthrough science in order to uncover disease mechanisms and develop novel, targeted therapies that interact with them. This is at the heart of our purpose as a company: to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

We invest in distinctive science in three main therapy areas where we believe we can make the most meaningful difference to patients: oncology; cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; and respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity. Our science exploits our rare combination of capabilities in small molecules and biologics, immunotherapies, protein engineering technologies and devices. These are reinforced by a strong focus on translational science and personalised healthcare capabilities. We build on our own capabilities by collaborating with world-renowned scientists and academic institutions and partnering with like-minded science-led companies.

Through leading in science, we are confident that we can transform the lives of people around the world and deliver value to our shareholders.

Companies in this sector

Hives where you can find this job offer