In Vivo Research Scientist – Bioscience, Oncology R&D

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Do you have expertise in, and a passion for in vivo research? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the drug discovery and development process within oncology research in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

About AstraZeneca

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. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Site description

This role will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, this site combines biomedical research, patient care and education on a single site location in the heart of Cambridge. The office will be within walking distance of the new purpose-built building that will bring together the company’s research and development activity in a state-of-the-art strategic R&D centre and global corporate headquarters. The building has been designed with the open architecture reflecting AstraZeneca’s approach to research. Open laboratories and glass walls will enable new ways of working across teams, whilst a central courtyard will put science on full display.

Business area

In the Oncology Business Unit we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the status quo to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our dedication means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine. To ensure no patient is left behind, no matter what stage of disease. Fast-paced, it takes agility and responsiveness to stay committed in our pursuit of excellence. We work with focus to seek the unanswered questions – innovating, challenging accepted norms, quick decision-making and taking smart risks.

What you’ll do

We’ll encourage you to develop novel therapeutics and biomarkers, identify new targets and publish your work. This role is fundamental in all stages of the drug discovery and development process – and as your experience grows, so will your role and career prospects.

  • Working with in vivo pharmacologists across the oncology portfolio, you’ll apply your technical expertise to a number of projects delivering efficacy and pharmacodynamic studies to aid drug discovery and development.

  • Planning and executing complex scientific in vivo studies while maintaining open communication with multiple stakeholders.

  • Being able to prioritise your own workload whilst demonstrating excellent team-working skills will be key to this role.

  • You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively within cross-functional, multidisciplinary project teams.

  • This position will require some out of hours work, including weekend work on a shift pattern. This will be compensated with a rest day off and annual shift allowance.

Essential for the role

  • Master of Science or equivalent experience in a relevant area of cancer biology

  • High ethical standards and experience evaluating animal welfare

  • Excellent attention to detail and understanding of the need for scientific rigour

  • Ability to critically analyse and communicate in vivo scientific data

  • Ability to prioritise own workload and to work as part of a team

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues in a multidisciplinary setting

  • Interest to expand scientific understanding of oncology and drug discovery

  • Desire to take-on new responsibilities, build new skillsets and continually develop within role

Desirable for the role

  • Expert in vivo skills that can be applied to oncology drug discovery

  • Home Office licence holder modules 1-4 or A, B, C

  • Experience in or interest to develop skills in cell culture or drug formulation

  • Experience in carrying out independent, relevant scientific research, ideally evidenced by publication of scientific posters or peer-reviewed papers

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already considering joining the team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours.

  • If you’re curious to know more please reach out to Louise Bennett

Competitive salary package and benefits

Close Date: 27/3/2023

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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.

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