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Medical Director / Senior Medical Director, Early Clinical Development - Dermatology

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, Cambridgeshire, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Impact patients’ lives every day

Make a more meaningful impact in your career, with greater ownership and accountability to make a contribution. And in return… we’re looking for people driven by making a difference to patients’ and society, dedicated to doing the right thing.

Who we are

We cannot stand still. We are always building our abilities, dedicated to sharing and developing.

What we do

In our work we aim to bring wider benefits to society – building healthy communities and limiting our impact on the planet. We are committed to leading the quest to meet rising global demand for effective healthcare.

How we do it

A place of ownership, each of us is empowered to lead at every level. Backed with great tools, resources and investment. We get things done.

Are you a passionate Physician who would like to work at the cutting edge of science to develop groundbreaking medicines of the future? As a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company, we in Clinical Development are the beating heart of the business and there’s no better place to work as a physician.

At AstraZeneca, your innovative contribution will ultimately have the potential to reach billions of patients’ in need across the globe. That is why we love it – this is the place to make a greater impact. Are you ready to join us and see what science can do?

We are looking to hire a Medical Director or Senior Medical Director with a background in Dermatology by specialty training and/or clinical drug development, to join our team within Early Clinical Development, Immunology. Additional, expertise in Clinical Pharmacology relevant to early drug development is desirable.

In Early Respiratory & Immunology (Early R&I), we’re driven by innovation and our dedication to make a real-life difference in patients’ lives. That difference starts with you. We are part of the BioPharmaceutical R&D unit. Here, you will get the opportunity to work in a truly international environment and meet and discuss with key opinion leaders, other medical colleagues and authorities in basic science, as well as commercial, regulatory, and other functions to bring new medicines to life.

What you’ll do

As a Medical Director / Senior Medical Director, you will be the single point accountable leader for the design, delivery and interpretation of clinical studies in Early stage (up to Ph3) within AstraZeneca´s global organization. You will be responsible for the scientific & medical strategy as a disease area expert and deliver the Medical Scientific strategies of the Clinical Development Plan to the project team.

You will operate in a wide range of aspects in pharmaceutical medicine and lead a multitude of contacts within and outside of AstraZeneca such as Senior management team, Regulatory and Finance, Academic partners and CROs.

For Immunology at AZ, you would be a key part of the Team working across multiple diseases in specialties focused on Dermatology (e.g., Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis), GI diseases (e.g., Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis) and Rheumatology (e.g., Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis). You will be familiar with relevant Regulatory guidelines for drug development in key Dermatological diseases, current treatment guidelines, relevant competitor trial designs and data as these are continually evolving. As such this will enable you to build novel and innovative Early Clinical development plans.

We rely on you to:

  • Build positive relationships and networks with internal and external medical community to follow developments within areas of expertise

  • Design or manage the implementation of the medical strategy within Clinical Development globally

  • Ensure that clinical input into the Translational Medicine and development strategies and plans receive adequate peer consultation to assure high scientific quality and patient relevance.

  • Closely follows medical developments within assigned areas and disseminates new information within Clinical Development to transform trends and emerging data into new plans

  • Act as Medical Lead for regulatory communication and preparation of higher level documents

  • Ensures internal and external peer review of potential study/programme design

  • Support qualification of pharmacodynamic/disease markers for early assessment of efficacy

Essential for the role:

We believe that you are a fully qualified physician (MD or MD PhD) with several years of clinical pharmacology or pharmaceutical industry experience in clinical drug development.

A Dermatology background by specialty training and/or Clinical Drug Development.

You have significant leadership experience and proven teamwork and collaboration skills.

You are required to travel nationally and internationally.

You also possess:

  • Significant experience in the design, monitoring, executing and interpreting clinical trials, with understanding of biomarkers, biostatistics and safety reporting

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Fluent verbal and written communication skills in English

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. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining us? 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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.