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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Associate Director - Cell Assay Development in Gothenburg, Sweden

Welcome to join the Discovery Sciences organization, working within a vibrant scientific environment to support drug discovery. We are seeking an Associate Director to lead our Cell Assay Development team with the position based at AstraZeneca in Gothenburg. In this role you will continue to develop and maintain a high level of scientific and operational knowledge, building on your specialist expertise in specific areas of BioMedical research.

You will lead a team of cell scientists; whose remit is to use cutting edge technologies to deliver cellular assays generation to support pipeline projects. Your skills will include the ability to develop and maximize individual talents, create a high-performing team and build trusting relationships with scientific colleagues. These colleagues will be on site, in the global AZ R&D network and external collaborations. You will make an active contribution to the development of the global Discovery Biology management function through leadership of multi-disciplinary initiatives that deliver value and impact to drug discovery projects.

The Discovery Biology department of Discovery Sciences are responsible for the generation of novel reagents and assays to support projects in all phases of the drug discovery pipeline, from target discovery all the way to clinical candidate. The focus of the Discovery Biology Sweden (DB SE) Department is to support the cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (CVMD) and respiratory, inflammation and auto-immunity (RIA) disease areas.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • Drug Discovery project leadership especially in a matrixed environment

  • Develop the scientific strategy of the team & cell assay development discipline across Discovery Biology Department

  • Translate and implement Departmental strategy for Cell Assay Development team.

  • Work as part of DB Sweden Leadership Team to deliver Discovery Biology Sweden Departmental and team objectives

  • Ensure team compliance with local and global company policies

  • Sets and maintains professional standards in discipline and influences across functions in projects or strategy

Essential requirements:

You have a Ph.D. degree or corresponding experience in a relevant scientific discipline with several years of relevant experience in drug discovery and/or early development or in a leading academic institution. As well as;

  • Recognised assay development expertise

  • Experience and high skills in leading teams of highly qualified personnel

  • Great knowledge of drug discovery

  • A proven record of delivery of complex projects

Desired requirements:

  • Knowledge of AstraZeneca business desired

  • Managerial expertise desired especially in global, matrixed teams

  • Can identify and evaluate external opportunities and threats and influence strategy accordingly

  • Recognised in a specialist field nationally/internationally

We welcome your application no later than close of business on the 30th November 2019.

More information

For more information about the position please contact: Rob Howes at +46 (0)70 375 7182 or

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