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Associate Director, Bioscience Cardiovascular Gene Therapy

Ort Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA Anzeigen-ID R-104852 Veröffentlichungsdatum 04/08/2021

Associate Director, Bioscience Cardiovascular Gene Therapy

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big, and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.


AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized, and rewarded for their ideas and creativity.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big, and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees stay happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, a full-service cafeteria, and copy center. This is where you’ll find newly designed, activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

Summary of the Group

In the Bioscience Cardiovascular department within Early CVRM, we focus on identifying and validating new drug targets for patients with cardiovascular disease and heart failure as well as evaluating pharmacological aspects, e.g. efficacy and mechanism of action, of new compounds crafted to hit these targets. The team delivers key data to projects across all phases of the drug discovery and development, and we work with different modalities such as stem cells, AAV, antibodies, small molecules, modified mRNA, antisense oligonucleotides, and peptides.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

We are seeking a skilled and highly motivated Associate Director Scientist to enhance our capabilities of gene therapy for cardiac disorders. The successful candidate will play a critical role responsible for target identification and validation. The selected individual will be a well-organized and highly productive scientist that can design and execute experiments efficiently, as well as analyze, interpret and present data to multidisciplinary project teams and upper management. You are also expected to collaborate effectively with other team members to advance pipeline projects.

  • Discovering and developing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by cardiac diseases or other cardiovascular conditions.
  • Strong background in AAV vector gene therapy or other delivery platforms with hands-on experience in characterizing AAV vectors and gene-modified cell products. Experience in assessing vector potency with DNA- and RNA- based methods.
  • In vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo characterization of gene therapy AAV vectors or other delivery platforms and cellular products as well as patient sample analysis.
  • Providing analytical support for research and development activities including preclinical studies and pharm/tox studies.
  • Experience with CRISPR screens and NGS methods to characterize CRISPR editing efficiency and specificity.

Required Skills

  • Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline with 10+ years of extensive experience in gene therapy.
  • Expertise in gene therapies in the relevant areas, such as the AAV-vector-based method.
  • A strong understanding of Cardiovascular diseases including experience from in vivo models, in vitro assays, and cell models.
  • Track record of strong problem solving and organizational skills, orientation to detail.
  • Strong motivation, ability to think independently and fully integrate into a high-achieving team environment.
  • Strong publication record in gene therapy and cardiovascular area.
  • Track record in establishing high-level strategies for new technology development and applying new technologies in pharmaceutical development projects
  • Excellent leadership: Effective communication and influencing skills with proven ability to lead a multidisciplinary team; Strong and energetic leader capable of making sound and timely decisions; Excellent team player and team builder with good interpersonal skills; Proven ability to motivate, mentor, and develop others

Desired Skills

•Good communication and networking skills

•Experience in the identification and progression of drug targets through to the clinical setting

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting-edge science, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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