Senior Scientist Laboratory IT Systems Specialist, Chemical Development

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East

Job Type: Full time


Senior Scientist Laboratory IT Systems Specialist, Chemical Development

Salary: Competitive

Location: Macclesfield

AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare company engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as the supply of healthcare services. We are more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, at AstraZeneca we’re proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives and are made to feel valued, energised and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

Pharmaceutical Technology & Development:

Pharmaceutical Technology and Development (PT&D) are the bridge, which turns brilliant science into actual medicines that help millions of people. We work across the entire value chain, designing and delivering active ingredients, formulations and devices required to support new medicines – from supplies for use in early toxicology studies and clinical trials to developing the technology to ensure drugs can be scaled up for commercial manufacture.

Chemical Development:

In Chemical Development we believe that nothing is impossible, and we are determined to push the boundaries of science to deliver medicines to our patients. We combine people’s technical knowledge and understanding with their talent and drive to design, develop and optimise synthetic routes and analytical methods that deliver the active pharmaceutical ingredients of our medicines in a sustainable, commercially viable way. We believe in innovation and continuous improvement, working closely with colleagues in academia and across industry, to ensure that we apply the newest technologies and principles in the development and delivery of our medicines.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a laboratory IT systems specialist to join our growing Chemical Development team. You will work within a small group of system experts and system super-users who operate as part of a multiskilled and experimentally focused department.

The responsibilities and requirements of the position are outlined below.

Key responsibilities:

The role will support integration of laboratory-based IT systems to manage data flows within Chemical Development, to ensure data integrity and re-usability of our experimental data. This supports our data-driven approach to development, ensuring we are following the science to deliver our new medicines faster and more sustainably to patients

You will be working as a technical expert supporting the deployment, continuous improvement, and future development of laboratory-based IT systems. These systems are integrated with the electronic lab notebooks and include analytical chemistry systems and instrument control systems which manage the experimental data flows within Chemical Development.

Specifically, this includes:

  • System administrative responsibilities working within defined AZ governance frameworks and policies. It may extend to system ownership.

  • Technical support for problems encountered by scientists with the applications.

  • Providing the business link between vendors, AZ IT, system superusers and our scientists.

  • Managing the business process for deployment and ongoing business as usual support activities aiming to optimise the laboratory experience for our scientists.

  • Designing and delivering training and driving standards for system use and behaviours.

  • Defining enhancement and improvement activities to deliver our data to FAIR data standards.

  • Keeping updated with knowledge regarding new technologies to support new business processes.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent years of experience) in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, pharmacy or material science, or a related discipline

  • >3 years’ experience working in a pharmaceutical discovery, development, quality control or a corporate IT organization.

  • Experience of using laboratory-based systems which include electronic laboratory notebooks and associated data capture environments, particularly from associated analytical systems or automated equipment.

  • Understanding of FAIR data standards.

  • Experience of liaising with external vendors and corporate IT organizations.

  • Great communication and collaboration skills to bridge the scientific users and IT communities.

  • Ability to set and drive standards for system usage and compliance, including authoring of required documentation and providing user training.

  • Experience of user acceptance testing.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience of practical experimental work particularly use of analytical systems or automated lab instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of the application of GMP and GLS standards in laboratory workflows.

  • Experience of using laboratory-based systems which include electronic laboratory notebooks and associated data capture environments, particularly from associated analytical systems or automated equipment.

  • Experience of authoring testing scripts and protocols.

  • Experience of change management processes.

Skills and capabilities

  • Ability to think and operate across functional boundaries, challenge the status quo and seek opportunities for business improvement.

  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex situations, and provide clear strategic directions for others.

  • Excellent communication and strategic influencing skills across interfaces of discipline, culture, and expertise both internally and externally.

  • Proven problem-solving abilities.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application form on our website. Please note, applications must include your current CV and a covering letter, which presents your motivation for applying and suitability for the role.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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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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