Associate Scientist I
Gaithersburg , Maryland
December 15, 2017
MedImmune is the worldwide biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. Here, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives every day. As one of the world's premier biotechnology companies, our mission is centered on delivering life-changing products that advance world health, and help fight and cure disease.  As an Associate Scientist I in Gaithersburg, MD, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives.
We're constantly pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines to patients, with a passion for discovery and a pipeline to show for it. We're pioneering innovative research and exploring novel pathways across key therapeutic areas including oncology, respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, and infection and vaccines. And we're industry-leading in immunology, protein engineering and translational science. We offer a unique and strong collaborative network as part of the AstraZeneca family, as together we explore synergies between small and large molecules.

MedImmune has a dynamic environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. We attract top minds, and we nurture and build top talent.
Position Summary:
MedImmune has an opening for an ASI in the Molecular Biology group within the Antibody Discovery and Protein Engineering Department to support pre-clinical research of innovative therapeutic products. Expertise in state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques is critical. The candidate will be part of an interactive team with potential to contribute to multiple pre-clinical programs in Cancer Biology, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Metabolic diseases and Infectious Diseases using gene and cell-based therapeutics.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (including supervising others):
Job Requirements: We are seeking candidates with a BS and 5-8 years of experience, or an MS with 3-5 years of work expertise in molecular and cell biology. Extensive and current hands-on experience in cloning, nucleic acid purification, RT-PCR, qPCR, site directed mutagenesis, DNA sequence analysis is required.  Work experience using viral vectors such as lenti virus, AAV or adenovirus, and cell based assays using flow cytometry and ELISA is desired. Good communication and documentation skills are essential.
Education :  Bachelor's Degree in biosciences or similar field plus 5-8 years of experience; or Master's Degree in biological sciences or similar field plus 3-5 years of experience.
Job Complexity :  Ability to multi-task is critical.  Candidate must be well organized and must keep an excellent written record of their work.  Candidate must be able to communicate clearly in oral and written form with supervisor and various project team members.
Supervision :  Ability to carry out experiments with moderate to low supervision.  It is anticipated that over time this individual will function with greater independence and require little supervision.
Techniques Desired:
Gene cloning
Nucleic acid purification
qPCR and non-array based gene expression analysis
site directed mutagenesis
DNA sequencing (Sanger method)
Flow Cytometry
Familiarity with molecular biology software such as Lasergene or Clone Manager
The ability to multi-task is critical.  The candidate must be well organized and keep excellent written records of their work.  The candidate must be able to communicate clearly in oral and written form with the supervisor and various project team members.  The candidate must be able to carry out experiments with moderate supervision.
Next Steps - Apply today!
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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. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

A little about us:
MedImmune is the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca

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