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Precision Medicine Academy - UK

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Precision Medicine Academy

“Targeting treatment to those most likely to respond”

Location – Cambridge, UK

Salary – +£31,000 & excellent benefits

Do you have a passion for precision medicine and would like to make a difference to the lives of millions of patients across the world? If you would, please read on...

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. We put patients first by applying precision medicine approaches across all therapy areas. Through diagnostic tests to evaluate individual responses to treatments, we seek to match medicines to those patients who will benefit the most.

About the Precision Medicine Academy

This is an exciting opportunity to join a three year programme within AstraZeneca to learn about precision medicine. We are looking for candidates with a science background who are curious about precision medicine, who are highly self-motivated and who have a passion to learn.

You'll be encouraged to make a real contribution to our project teams delivering new precision medicines from day one.

You'll find yourself involved in the shaping of precision medicine strategies and the development of diagnostic tests for our drug projects across all our therapy areas.

During the three years you will complete five different six-month placements across the Precision Medicine & Biosamples organisation so that you can undertake a comprehensive learning experience across all aspects of bringing precision medicine to patients.

Working collaboratively with talented scientists and experienced mentors, you’ll have all the support you need to learn, take on challenges, and drive your development. You will have the opportunity to actively share knowledge and ideas to help make the next scientific breakthroughs.

What you can expect:

  • Broad exposure to all elements of research and development so you can learn to optimally deliver companion diagnostics and precision medicines to patients

  • Opportunity to develop critical business skills such as communications, influencing, decision making, and much more

  • Precision Medicine Academy participants are also aligned to a mentor who is a full-time member of the organisation and will support you for the duration of the programme

What we're looking for:

  • A Bachelor’s degree, Masters, NVQ or BTec or equivalent

  • A levels or equivalent, plus extensive and relevant work experience

  • Scientists looking to move in to precision medicine

  • Experience in and understanding of precision medicine will be preferred e.g. work experience, a precision medicine related science communication, poster or presentation.

  • Forward-thinking, motivated, and highly driven individuals with a real passion for science

  • Innovative problem solvers with enthusiasm and energy to match their scientific expertise

  • Strong critical thinking, analytical, planning, organisational and time management skills

If you’re passionate about the possibilities of science and precision medicine to make a difference to patients and you are ready to discover what you can do – join us!

Next steps, we will review every application and you will be notified of the outcome of your application shortly after the application window closes. If this looks interesting to you, please apply!

Applications Open: 26th October 2022

Applications Close: 15th January 2023

Our first round of virtual assessment days will likely be held week commencing 13th February 2023

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About Precision Medicine & Biosamples

Precision Medicine is at the heart of our commitment to innovation and growth. We put patients first by applying precision medicine approaches across all therapy areas (TAs), and in over 95% of drug projects, which sets us apart from our competitors. Through diagnostic tests to evaluate individual responses to treatments, we seek to match medicines to those patients who will benefit the most.

Our world-class Biosamples team is at the heart of every clinical program covering the sampling needs and logistics, the registration and storage of samples in the biobanks to support future science, and the compliance and governance to make sure that every human sample is treated in the right way. Together that ensures quality samples, collected, or purchased, are managed effectively and appropriately across their life cycle. By understanding the response to the treatment, we can develop the necessary tool to ensure our medicines target the patients most likely to benefit.

In our state-of-the-art research centres, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in your work, advance your career and contribute towards scientific excellence. But as well as growing in our multidisciplinary setting, you’ll work collaboratively with external diagnostic companies and world-class research institutes.

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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.