Senior Research Scientist, Protein Scientist

AstraZeneca UK
Contract Type
Scientific & Pharmaceutical
Expiry Date
24/08/2022 11:29:00
Senior Research Protein Scientist Cambridge, UK The Protein Science team, sits within Discovery Biology and we are responsible for the generation of validated protein reagents to support projects.

Job Description

Senior Research Scientist, Protein Scientist

Granta Park, Cambridge, UK

Competitive Salary with excellent benefits

Be empowered to be innovative and creative where difference is valued

Join a place built on innovation and creativity. Where different views and perspectives are welcomed and valued. An environment that champions inclusion, and teams that reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve.

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being results oriented, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality.

The Protein Science team, sits within the Discovery Biology Department and we are responsible for the generation of validated protein reagents to support projects in all phases of the drug discovery pipeline.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a talented Senior Scientist to join us in Discovery Sciences, you will be a lab-based scientist and a key member of a team producing proteins to support Oncology projects with a significant focus on hit finding and drug discovery.

This is predominantly a lab-based role where you will execute experimental procedures according to our SOPs and in line with project demand.


  • Delivering expertise in the area of construct design, recombinant protein expression, purification and characterization
  • Demonstrating flexibility within and across teams/projects
  • Maintaining an awareness of current developments in the literature and to make effective use of appropriate literature search tools
  • Responsibility for and ensuring that the results of your experiments are recorded accurately and to a high standard in accordance with current guidelines
  • Leading by example as an effective team member, supporting Discovery Projects to meet their objectives
  • Effectively communicating results to other members of the project team, section or to other Departments, as required

Essential Requirements

  • Ph.D in Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline or a BSc/MSc degree with relevant experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry
  • Expertise in the area of Protein Science through a demonstrable knowledge of construct design, molecular biology, protein expression, purification, characterization
  • Enthusiastic, collaborative, and inquisitive approach

Desirable Requirements

  • An understanding of pre-clinical drug discovery and how it contributes to and should influence projects
  • An understanding of how different drug discovery disciplines contribute to and work together within a project
  • Knowledge or experience of assay development, structural techniques, and/or Biophysical techniques

AZ Cambridge

An exciting bioscience hotspot, Cambridge is home to one of AstraZeneca's three strategic, global R&D Centres, alongside Gothenburg and Gaithersburg. Over 3,600 employees work from our various sites across Cambridge and our offices are internationally renowned for attracting high performers, including several Nobel prize winners.

Currently based at our AKB building on Granta Park, the Protein Sciences team are excited for their pending relocation to our brand new, state-of-the-art R&D facility, which was officially un-veiled by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales in November 2021.

Why AstraZeneca?

Working here is about more than the science of saving lives. It's about the people who work here. Continuous learning is good for the individual and good for the business too. Being a 'Great Place to Work' is central to our culture. If you can contribute in a fast-paced, lean and entrepreneurial environment, then you'll quickly feel at home here.

We truly believe that everyone contributes with an outstanding set of competence. Your curiosity and passion for personal development combined with support from colleagues, mentors and leaders, will ensure you maximise your skills, abilities and contribution.

You will be offered a competitive salary and excellent benefits, such as extra paid Holiday, Private Medical Benefits, On-site exercise and much, much more.

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