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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 Director/Senior Director, Respiratory Translational Medicine 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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic thought leader in translational medicine to join the Translational Medicine department at MedImmune. The Senior Director will provide exceptional scientific and strategic leadership to understand molecular heterogeneity of respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and applying this knowledge to aid development of MedImmune’s exciting respiratory portfolio. 

The Senior Director will help lead a team of translational medicine leaders, lab-enabled scientists and bioinformatics analysts to mine genomic and proteomic data from internal and external collaborations and clinical trials to develop high profile manuscripts and help establish scientific leadership for MedImmune in the areas of respiratory diseases.  The Senior Director will also be expected to lead one or more Translational Science sub-teams that will apply knowledge derived from such analysis to develop testable personalized healthcare strategies.  In addition, the Senior Director will represent TM on the cross-functional iMED team.

This is an important, high profile and visible role and requires an individual with outstanding communication and leadership skills, as well as the ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in Clinical, other relevant functions within MedImmune and external academic collaborators. The individual must also be viewed as a strong scientific and strategic leader who can work with a fast-paced clinical and product development organization to translate fundamental insights into the molecular heterogeneity of respiratory diseases into targeted therapeutic and biomarker hypotheses that can be tested in clinical trials.   The successful candidate is expected to drive the publication of biomarker data in top-tier scientific, technical or medical journals.

Essential Requirements

Education: MD, PhD/MD or PhD degree in a relevant scientific field (e.g. molecular biology, cell signaling, bioinformatics). Individual must have a minimum of 15-20 years post-MD/PhD experience in an academic and/or industry setting.

In addition, this individual should have an outstanding record of innovative contributions to translational sciences in respiratory disease particularly COPD as evidenced by a strong publication record including first / senior-authored publications in top-tier journals, inventorship on crucial patents/filings and presentations at important conferences are a must for this role. Outstanding verbal and written communications skills are a must.

Desirable Requirements

Ideally, the individual will have experience in analyzing large datasets including genomic and proteomic together with a sound understanding of critical development functions, e.g. Clinical, Biomarker Development, Translational Medicine.

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.

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.



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