Principal Microbiologist

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


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 expansive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

Join the team where everyone feels a personal connection to the people that we impact. From our science labs to manufacturing at scale, we are committed to delivering at the highest quality. It’s inspiring and rewarding work, influencing every part of the product lifecycle to deliver life-changing medicines. To ultimately make people’s lives better – from patients and their families to all of us in society!

What you'll do:

  • Provide expert microbiological technical direction, challenge and problem solving in development drug projects.

  • Take ownership for the quality, reputation and communication and delivery of science in projects.

  • Influence and impact in your project delivery and capability development in microbiology across Pharmaceutical Technology & Development (PT&D).

  • Provide disciplinary scientific leadership, coaching and mentorship for less experienced Microbiologists.

  • Identify leading improvements in science and technologies that can be successfully applied to a highly competitive testing, drug discovery or development process that contributes to achievement of Business goals.

  • Recommend, gain commitment to, initiate, lead and champion new science and technology initiatives to improve Product Development capability to deliver drug projects.

  • Advise Senior Management on new science and technology within microbiology and aseptic manufacturing.

  • When appropriate patent and/or publish papers and reviews in internationally recognised journals.

  • Lead scientific discipline networks and act as a focus for debate within the AstraZeneca science community.

  • Advise on and participate in development of strategy in a particular area or discipline.

  • Demonstrate and role model creativity and innovation on projects.

Essential skills & experience:

  • Experienced Microbiologist who is a recognised expert in their given area.

  • Have an excellent understanding of the overall drug development process from discovery through to launch with an appreciation of how PT&D contributes to drug development and the broader business.

  • Extensive experience in pharmaceutical science, including demonstrating successful scientific leadership.

  • Experience in, or exposure to, multiple disciplines in PT&D.

  • Have experience of leading teams of people/networks or scientific projects.

  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with internal and external customers.


  • A broad network spanning different scientific disciplines from which to drive innovative thinking.

At AstraZeneca, we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing.

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

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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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