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Cell Immunology Scientist – Join the next wave of early career scientists to make an impact

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Cell Immunology Scientist – Join the next wave of early career scientists to make an impact

Cambridge, UK

12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Competitive salary with excellent benefits

Have you recently obtained your BSc or MSc and are now looking for your next opportunity?

Feed your curiosity and fuel your passion for science in a team like no other, make the difference.

This is the place for self-motivated individuals looking to take on interesting, high impact projects in a collaborative, challenging and reputable environment.

How far can you go at AstraZeneca UK? In the corridors and cafeterias of Cambridge, you will pass Nobel prize winners and esteemed pioneers of AstraZeneca’s leading medicines. Follow in their footsteps; the level of opportunities and potential for personal impact on science, and society, are immense!

We are seeking the next wave of early career scientists to make an impact and influence the agenda. We want to embed your skills, drive and curiosity into our Cell Biology and Immunology team. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a fast-growing team within a vibrant environment focused on advancing oncology cellular therapies and making the next scientific breakthrough.

What you'll do

You’ll focus on developing immune cell engineering technologies by CRISPR genome editing tool to help build our next generation Chimeric Antigen Receptor cellular therapies.

This is a laboratory-based role, where you will craft and lead experiments to progress our Immunoediting pipeline for CAR therapies. As part of our innovative team, you will also be supported and encouraged to contribute to the improvement of current genetic manipulation technologies. You will collaborate and share knowledge cross-functionally and develop a strong scientific reputation, taking the initiative, and kick starting your career, with all the support and backing of a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business.

You’ll have the opportunity to maintain scientific excellence, presenting data to key collaborators and colleagues internally and at external conferences, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Working within AstraZeneca’s Discovery Sciences unit, you’ll be joining a community of scientists with broad technological expertise dedicated to drug discovery.

As an outstanding scientist with relevant knowledge in immunology or cell manipulation, your passion for science and desire to positively impact the lives of patients’ will shine through. At AstraZeneca, we work together to provide medicines that make a real difference in patient care. Our ambitious and collaborative culture ensures you'll feel valued and rewarded for your ideas and contributions.

Essential Criteria

  • BSc or MSc in cell biology, molecular biology or equivalent experience
  • At least 1 year of lab-based experience with culturing, transfection and phenotypic analysis of immune cell types or other cell models, molecular biology or equivalent experience
  • Gene editing techniques
  • Strong experimental design and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent team working, communication and networking skills with experience of interacting effectively across interfaces of discipline, culture and expertise.

Desirable Criteria

Experience with any of the following:

  • Cellular, DNA and protein-based assays using a variety of technologies for measuring disease-relevant phenotypes in immune cells
  • Creating and/or working with primary immune cells or complex cell models of human disease
  • Previous work with Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells (CAR-T)

*** We will be reviewing applications and shortlisting on a rolling basis - as such we reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy ahead of the stated closing date ***

AZ Cambridge

Currently based at our Aaron Klug building on Granta Park, the Cell Biology & Immunology team are excited for their pending relocation to our brand new, state-of-the-art R&D facility, which was officially un-veiled in November 2021, by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

The Discovery Centre (DISC), located at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, is designed to play a central role in our mission to deliver life-changing medicines to patients. As our largest research and development centre in the UK, it will have more than 2,000 people working across therapy areas and drug discovery and development once fully occupied.

Find out more about our Cambridge campus and the DISC, here:

Why 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. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

So, what’s next?
This advert will be running from Friday, 10th March 2023, and we welcome your application as soon as possible. The scheduled closing date is Sunday, 26th March 2023, but we may close this advert earlier in the event of identifying a successful applicant.

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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.