Senior Scientist, Immunology

AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

Are you ready to make a significant impact in the world of immunology research? We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Scientist researcher to join the Bioscience Asthma & Skin Immunity research group in Cambridge, UK. This is an exciting opportunity to work on research projects focused on investigating the pathogenesis of skin diseases including atopic dermatitis, and the identification of novel targets. 


In this lab-based research role, you will have a significant opportunity to drive the direction of the work. You will focus your research on characterizing novel biology pathways in skin diseases to aid target validation and drug projects. You will collaborate with scientists from a variety of functional teams in Cambridge and with our sites in Gaithersburg, US and Gothenburg, Sweden. Using your experience in automation, you will facilitate the introduction of automation equipment, methods and application to a range of discovery projects to drive efficiency and robustness. 

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • A Ph.D. in Immunology or Pharmacology with major focus in immunology and 5+ years industry experience 

  • In vitro culture, differentiation and functional assays of immune cells, including T cell, monocyte-derived dendritic cells

  • Proficiency with all aspects of laboratory automation equipment (simple and complex protocols, maintenance, safety) 

  • Processing of human tissue samples (eg. biopsy processing, peripheral blood mononuclear cell isolation)

  • Functional in vitro assays (co-culture experiments, MSD multiplex cytokines, screening of compounds), including potency assay

  • Strong hands-on skills in basic biochemical and molecular techniques including cell culture, quantification of mRNA (qPCR) and protein expression; ELISA, Western blot, Immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry.

  • Highly organized and self-motivated, with the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team to conduct a high-level research project.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to critically analyse data sets.

  • Demonstrated ability to run collaborative efforts and utilize external resources to find the most effective solutions to deliver high-quality science, translatable to human disease.

  • Scientific creativity and ability to drive own research ideas to a successful conclusion, demonstrated by strong publication record or project progression

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Effective contributing to collaborative projects involving cross-disciplinary and global teams.

  • Experience with mentoring students at the undergraduate and Ph.D. level.  

  • Drive for constant personal development and increasing skill base.

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. As a lab-based scientist we expect a high level of attendance on site, which is supported by the flexibility of our standard work policies. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we are driven by our desire to understand and reveal new insights. We are free from fear of failure, free to ask the right questions, make bold decisions, and dig deep into the biology of complex disease. We are committed to making an impact on patients' lives by improving patient access to healthcare globally. Our values guide everything we do at AstraZeneca. They power our belief in What Science Can Do. a belief in its potential to redefine what's possible. We are always listening and learning from people who live with the diseases our medicines treat. It enables us to better understand their needs and, ultimately, diagnose and design the right treatments to impact patients' lives.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines!

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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