Scientist II or Senior Scientist - Virology Research



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 a Scientist within the Microbial Sciences group at Gaithersburg, MD you will play a pivotal role in progressing an expanding drug project portfolio.

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.

As a member of the Microbial Sciences research group, you will work as part of a team discovering and developing novel therapeutics with a focus on respiratory infection.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will join a growing Research & Development group and will play an active role in initiating, implementing and executing scientific research and development within the Microbial Sciences Research group.  

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required for the successful candidate to actively contribute to the scientific debate, influence the scientific strategy and maintain a high external scientific profile through publication and conference presentation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and participate in virology projects that are complex and scientifically demanding. Work within project teams to provide high quality data in a timely manner. Make detailed observations, analyze data, and interpret results. Demonstrate scientific rigor in assessing own data and that of others. Effectively communicate outcomes to project team at internal meetings.
  • Lead cross functional groups to develop and/or assess drug candidates to prevent or treat acute viral infection.
  • Participate in strategy discussions and contribute to projects focused on the role of viruses in chronic lung disease.  Propose and champion new targets and novel approaches for disease treatment.
  • Initiate, participate in and manage external collaborations in relevant areas of biology and virology. 
  • Represent MedImmune externally at scientific meetings, advisory boards, and through high impact publications.

Essential Requirements

  • MD/PhD in a relevant life science discipline (e.g. virology, infectious disease, immunology) with relevant postdoc experience in academia or industryup to the level of Assistant Professor/Senior Scientist.
  • Sound scientific knowledge of virology (acute respiratory viruses preferred) as evidenced by publication record and ability to independently influence scientific thinking and direction of projects in academia and/or industry.
  • Prior research experience in respiratory biology and/or virology and the knowledge of lung biology, physiology and disease.
  • Can independently design, execute and interpret in vitro and in vivo studies and conduct broader scientific research with limited or no supervision.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor less experienced colleagues.
  • Experience in working with and overseeing partnerships with academic, industrial, government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communications skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

The individual should be highly motivated and enthusiastic to develop scientifically through review of the literature, presentation at conferences and authoring or contributing to manuscripts for publication.  Highly motivated scientists are invited to apply for the opportunity to join our team of professionals who are passionate about advancing science, technology and medicine to discover and develop novel therapeutics that will benefit patients.

Next Steps – Apply today!

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.

MedImmune is an equal opportunity employer. MedImmune 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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