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Research Scientist Saffron Walden


AstraZeneca Saffron Walden United Kingdom

1 week ago

This is an opportunity to join the Oncology Bioscience group in Cambridge as a laboratory based in vitro bioscientist. We are seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist (RS) with scientific and technical knowledge in Ras cancer cell biology. Working within a multidiscipline team you will play a pivotal role in supporting progression of Oncology drug discovery projects through delivering robust and high-quality preclinical data. You should have a background in Oncology, a good knowledge of cellular signalling pathways in cancer and a strong passion for experimental work & delivering data from the laboratory.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases.

Site description

Our Chesterford Research Park is one of over 400 sites here at AstraZeneca, providing an environment where everyone feels... comfortable and able to be themselves is at the core of AstraZeneca’s priorities, it’s important to us that you bring your full self to work every day. To help you maintain your best self, here’s a sneak peek into some of the things this site provides for you…high quality office facilities accommodating teams from our Oncology, BioPharmaceuticals R&D Organisations. Restaurant and bar facilities within the park along with space for recreational walks and jogging paths. The park hosts a health and fitness centre and provides coach and shuttle bus services to Cambridge City centre, easily accessible via regular running public transport, you can also park at the site. This role is likely to move to our Cambridge Biomedical Campus or split between working at both sites when required.

Business area

In the Oncology Business Unit we relentlessly follow the science, challenging the norm to deliver more effective treatments to patients in need. Our dedication means we purposefully push back the limits of knowledge to change the practice of medicine.

What You'll Do
• Deliver high quality in vitro data according to the study plan as agreed with the team leader or project supervisor
• Provide interpretation of experimental data, identifying innovative solutions to problems and putting forward plans for further experiments
• Communicate experimental data and key findings in a clear and concise manner to project teams
• Generate and maintain clear experimental records
• Maintain an awareness of current developments in the literature to support projects, bring forward new target ideas or new technologies / assay methods
• Actively drive personal development within Oncology Bioscience, independently seeing opportunities where relevant.

Essential for the role
• PhD in a biological science with relevant drug discovery experience in academic or pharmaceutical company setting
• Evidence of strong technical and experimental ability to deliver data from the lab
• Experience in mammalian cell tissue culture techniques and in vitro cell based mechanistic techniques and assays
• Effective communication and presentation skills
• Positive individual with willingness to improve and learn new skills
• Passion for experimental work with a desire to pursue a career from the lab
• Good understanding of general and Ras cancer cell biology

Desirable for the role
• An understanding of the drug discovery process

Why AstraZeneca?

There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. A culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

So, what’s next?
• Are you already considering joining the team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.
• Are you ready to bring fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available, and we hope it’s yours.

Competitive salary package and benefits

Close Date: 23/05/2023

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