Scientist I or II - Molecular Virology



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.  

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.

The Department of Infectious Disease at MedImmune, LLC is seeking a skilled molecular biologist with expertise in virology/gene therapy. As a member of the Microbial Sciences group, you will contribute both intellectually and at the bench to the design and creation of next generation viral vectors and explore their use in oncology and infectious disease indications.  Moreover, you may investigate new approaches towards eliciting immune responses toward viral and tumor antigens and developing therapeutics targeting respiratory pathogens. The qualified candidate will be a well-organized and highly productive scientist who can design and execute experiments efficiently and interpret data in the context of multidisciplinary project teams. The position requires the ability to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to perform in a fast-paced, matrix-structured work environment.  You will have general knowledge of the fields of virology, molecular biology and immunology. 

Essential Requirements

  • PhD in virology, molecular biology, immunology, or other related field with + 3 years of post-doc, or relevant work experience
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques such as cloning, site-direct mutagenesis, DNA isolation and purification, RT-PCR and qPCR
  • Strong hands-on experience with cell culture and viral propagation
  • Willingness to work with BSL-2 and BSL-2* infectious agents (vaccination may be required)
  • Ability to prepare and maintain precise protocols and appropriate documentation
  • Ability to conceive experimental designs, interpret data, propose improvements to and troubleshoot experimental protocols
  • Experience in evaluating immunological responses to viral infection by various means such as multi-color flow cytometry, EliSpot, MSD and/or Luminex
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience with vector engineering for gene therapy, oncolytic viruses, or respiratory viruses (RNA viruses, Pox viruses, AAV, Adenovirus,)
  • Experience working with animal models of cancer or viral disease
  • Experience performing standard laboratory procedures for the study of protein expression such as Western blot, ELISA and immune-staining techniques

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

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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