Job description


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


MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives every day. As one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease. 

We’re constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We’re pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we’re industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules. MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.

As a member of the Microbial Sciences research group, you will work as part of a team discovering and developing novel therapeutics with a focus on respiratory infection.

The selected individual will be a well-organized and highly productive bench scientist who can design and execute experiments efficiently and interpret data in the context of multidisciplinary project teams. The position requires the ability to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to perform in a fast-paced, matrix-structured work environment.

He/she will have general knowledge of the fields of virology and cell biology.

Required Experience:

Strong hands-on experience with cell culture and viral propagation
Experience performing standard laboratory procedures for quantitation of pathogen burden such as TCID50 and plaque assays.
Experience with molecular biology techniques such as molecular cloning, site-direct mutagenesis, RT-PCR and qPCR.
Experience performing standard laboratory procedures for the study of protein expression such as ELISA and immune-staining techniques
Strong assay development skills
Willingness to work with BSL-2 and BSL-2* infectious agents (vaccination may be required)
Track record of independent design and execution of multiple simultaneous projects that are complex and technically demanding
Preferred but not required:

Experience in isolation and culture of primary cells and the use of co-culture systems.
Experience in evaluating immunological responses to viral infection by various means such as flow cytometry, EliSpot, MSD and luminex

Ability to prepare precise technical reports, summaries, protocols, quantitative analyses, and maintain appropriate documentation.
Ability to propose experimental designs, interpret data, and propose improvements to experimental protocols and methods of execution. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Highly organized, with the ability to develop focused work packages, prioritize based on defined goals, and work both independently and as part of a team.
Good time management and organizational skills, and the ability to work within a team are essential.
Independent thinking and ability to perform work responsibilities and determine technical objectives with minimal direction and supervision.

Degree in virology, immunology, molecular biology, or other related field.
Relevant experience in industry (preferred) or academia:
For Associate Scientist II - M.S. with 6+ years additional exp; B.S. with 9+ years additional experience or equivalent
For Associate Scientist I - M.S. with 2-5 years additional exp; B.S. with 5-8 years additional experience or equivalent
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 is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected

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.

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