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Biobank Scientist Science Liaison (12 Month FTC or Secondment)

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


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. At AstraZeneca, we are pioneering new frontiers by identifying and treating patients earlier, working towards the aim of eliminating cancer as a cause of death.

Come and join our AZ team where you will play a pivotal role in this exciting period of development!!

Human Biological Samples (HBS) are fundamental to medical research in the discovery, development and implementation of new treatments and diagnostics. They are ethically sensitive materials and underpin the delivery of every clinical trial.

The biobank scientist Science Liaison is responsible for maintaining the inventory of Human Biological Samples in accordance with the global standard, Good Clinical Practice and standard operating procedures. The emphasis is on sample handling to ensure that samples are received, inventoried, logged, labelled, stored, tracked, despatched, returned and/or disposed appropriately. Specialized IT systems and databases are key tools to maintain the sample library in a compliant way, and close interactions with science teams as well as biobank is a part of the biobank scientist role.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform sample inventory, provide data manifests and (re)label samples as applicable

  • Receive and register HBS

  • Perform all work in accordance with global standards, SOPs, Good Clinical Practice and legal requirements

  • Track all work-in-progress using specialized informatics systems as well as databases, so that there is a common understanding of status at all times

  • Ensure compliance with global HBS standard and legal requirements

  • Responding to customer queries via mail or telephone

  • On-site role in Biobank and/or Science function laboratory

  • Manages the workload with the biobank or science function

  • Ensures clear communication of risks and issues encountered to the Biobank management

  • Uploading sample manifests provided to pre-register samples within the IT system if applicable

  • Maintain compliance by monitoring and following-up on key dates (e g end of check-out period for samples)


  • Fluent in English as the AstraZeneca working language

  • Degree in a scientific discipline (BSc, MSc)

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Understanding of, and experience with, working with various IT solutions, such as LIMS systems and databases,including knowledge of Excel for data transformation and analyses

  • Experience of carrying out activities in a timely manner and to the correct standards

  • Identifying, implementing and sharing continuous improvement processes


  • Experience in Biobanking or working with human biological samples

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and ignite 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 envisioning yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you! Please send your CV along with your covering letter as to why you are a good fit for the role.

Competitive salary and benefits package on offer.

Role Advertised Date: 14th March 2023

Closing Date: 28th March 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.