Global Development Scientist – Infectious Diseases

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Opportunity: Global Development Scientist – Infectious Diseases

Business Area: Vaccines & Immune Therapies Late Development
Locations: UK: Cambridge, US: Gaithersburg/Durham, Sweden: Gothenburg, Poland: Warsaw

Salary: Competitive, with excellent benefits

Do you have expertise in, and passion for clinical drug development? Are you looking to work at the cutting-edge, where scientific innovations and an entrepreneurial spirit are the norm? Join the team at the heart of AstraZeneca dedicated to Vaccines & Immune Therapies, committed to following the science.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. We are more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

The Vaccines and Immune Therapies (V&I unit) has been created to optimize AstraZeneca’s portfolio of vaccines and antibodies for infectious diseases (e.g. COVID, RSV, Influenza), as well as drive future discovery.

In AstraZeneca V&I, we’re driven by innovation and our commitment to make a real-life difference in patients’ lives. That difference starts with you. This is a place for those who thrive on energy and pace, we are rewarded and celebrated for our work, developing new medicines for patients.

What you’ll do

The Global Development Scientist is an important part of the Clinical Project Team, and Global Study Team working harmoniously and cross functionally with other team members, Site Management & Monitoring, field-based liaisons, and site personnel. The Global Development Scientist and Global Development Medical Director work collaboratively in the clinical aspects underpinning a clinical program.

This includes shared responsibility with Clinical Operations team members in the planning and execution, including recruitment and delivery of a clinical study. Accountabilities include clinical support for the development and implementation of late phase AstraZeneca sponsored clinical program strategies. As such, you will provide clinical/scientific input into design & implementation of clinical trial(s), their delivery, clinical data review, interpretation of results, reporting successfully on time, and activities required for worldwide registration of the product (i.e. clinical input to NDA/BLA). You may also provide expert input or lead functional process improvement initiatives and provide contributions to cross area working groups depending on the level of experience.

This position demands strong collaborative communication skills and the individual will operate according to the highest ethical standards in compliance with internal SOPs, local regulations, laws and adhere to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and regulatory requirements.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work cross functionally within clinical product teams (CPT to ensure the clinical strategy is translated into the development of the study concept document, study protocol and related documents.
  • Develop relationships with appropriate consultants and key external experts (KEE), study sites, and utilize these relationships to obtain feedback on protocol design, as well as study training, study execution, interpretation of study results and inform recruitment strategies.
  • Responsible for the relevance and accuracy of clinical science underpinning of clinical study based on detailed scientific review and consultation.
  • Accountable for the clinical and scientific leadership and integrity of protocols, clinical study reports and/or components of clinical plans.
  • Supports or leads interactions with global medical affairs, marketing companies, commercial, and regulatory functions in collaboration with GCH/GCPL to ensure cross functional input into protocols.
  • Contributes to technical review of protocols with governance bodies such as DRC and PRC.
  • Contributes to the development of Medical Oversight Plan (MOP), study level safety reviews and study-level medical monitoring activities.
  • Responsible for the clinical and scientific input into a study and for the quality of the clinical data
  • Contribute to advisory boards to ensure there is engagement with site specific KEEs to ensure robust study designs, recruitment strategies.
  • Contributes to the review and interpretation of clinical data (HLRs) and the development of content needed for governance committee interactions seeking Go/No Go decisions.

Essential for the role

  • Bachelor’s degree with focus on life sciences or equivalent
  • Industry or academic experience in drug development
  • Detailed knowledge of Good Clinical practice and other regulations governing clinical research.
  • General knowledge of 1) medical monitoring 2) Regulatory approval process in relevant countries; 3) pharmaceutical industry/R&D operations; 4) marketing and commercial fundamentals.
  • Ability to grow and maintain a high level of expertise in the vaccines & infectious diseases therapeutic area.
  • Drug Development/Clinical Development Planning: Demonstrates the ability to undertake the planning, and timely organization of components of the clinical development plan and work with other functions to achieve successful study initiation and execution.
  • Ability to drive/contribute to protocol design, writing and implementation
  • Demonstrates solid understanding of methodology in the design, conduct, review and interpretation, and presentation of clinical research.

Desirable for the role

  • Either Ph.D. degree in life sciences or MD (preferred)
  • Strong preference for vaccines and infectious disease experience
  • Emerging leadership skills with the ability to influence others and drive consensus building
  • Emerging communication & presentation skills to communicate scientific concepts/data clearly and crisply in team settings and in formal presentations to leadership committees both internally and externally

Pease apply, uploading CV by 7th of November2022 at the latest

We review applications on a rolling basis and may close advertising prior to that date.

Why AstraZeneca?

Here you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to patients’ lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines – for the world’s most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem.

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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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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