AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP Experimental Medicine Leader in Gothenburg, Sweden

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

We are now looking to hire an Experimental Medicine Leader to lead the Experimental Medicine work in Gothenburg, Sweden.

AstraZeneca believes that the future is looking very exciting for the company – mainly due to many significant clinical catalysts and the overall potential of the drug development pipeline. Therefore, for the right person, the opportunities for personal growth are immense - you will be joining AstraZeneca at a time of growth and positive change and will be part of a department and company which is respected for its high caliber people, strong scientific and clinical acumen, innovation, commercial excellence and modern drug development.

You will work in an exciting environment, in the early research organisation (RIA IMED), leading our Experimental Medicine work within RIA Translational Science. You will provide experimental medicine leadership and plans for all therapeutic molecule projects in the RIA early development portfolio, working closely with Translational Science, Early Clinical development and Precision Medicine & Genomics.

This is a business-critical and influential role with high level accountabilities. You will be involved across the entire RIA portfolio, gaining a unique experience of leading the translation of basic science to precision medicine that will impact the clinic. Our aim is to move treatment of Respiratory disease beyond symptom control to disease modification and cure, combined with the identification of the patient group most likely to benefit - we have many exciting assets in the pipeline so this is a very exciting time in Respiratory drug development at AZ.

As Experimental Medicine Leader you will deliver Experimental Medicine strategies to the project team, and will have accountability for the clinical risk/benefit, scientific and value content and delivery of the Experimental Medicine components of the project to time & quality, whilst ensuring projects adhere to Good Clinical Practice and any regulatory requirements. You will have responsibility and accountability for delivering innovative clinical experimental medicine studies, including recall by genotype studies, which establish a platform of evidence linking target to human disease and identification and threshold selection of biomarkers for both target engagement and precision medicine. Your work will build critical knowledge with new insights into disease biology and begin to close the ‘bedside to bench’ loop.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leader for the design and interpretation of Experimental Medicine studies ensuring the ethical and scientific integrity of the plans, studies and the product in compliance with GCP

  • Designs or manages the implementation of the Experimental Medicine strategy within Translational Science RIA IMED

  • Deliver Experimental Medicine evidence forfunctional relevance of targets in human disease, utility and threshold of target engagement biomarkers and precision medicine biomarkers to identify relevant patient subgroups

  • Ensure that clinical input into the Translational Science strategies and plans receive adequate peer consultation to assure high scientific quality

  • Maintains a high degree of understanding and awareness on new and emerging experimental medicine development

  • Works as member of Translational Science Leadership Team to deliver departmental vision, strategy and goals

  • Works with TMU driving back translation into RIA IMED, ensuring necessary and appropriate biomarker analysis in ECD led clinical studies

  • Ensures internal and external peer review of Exp Med study design

  • As available, provide Experimental Medicine assessment in-licensing opportunities

  • As available, line management responsibility for experimental medicine scientists, delivering the performance management and guiding the professional development of direct reports

Essential Requirements

  • Graduate of a recognized school of medicine with an M.D. degree or equivalent

  • 5 years clinical research expertise in relevant therapy area, in designing, monitoring and implementing clinical trials and interpreting trial results

  • Specialty training or board eligibility

  • Significant experimental research expertise and experience, including experience in designing, monitoring, executing and interpreting clinical studies

  • Demonstrated understanding of biomarkers, biostatistics and precision medicine

  • Experience in driving project execution in a matrix environment with demonstrated influencing, communication and stakeholder management skills

  • Significant publication record including demonstrated contributions to respiratory science

  • Drug Discovery and Development Experience with a thorough understanding of pharmaceutical safety, reporting and surveillance processes

  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills

  • Technical (medical and scientific) experience evaluating targets/agents for in -licensing or internal development

  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

  • Organize and deliver Advisory Boards with international KOLs

  • A clear demonstration of behaviors of truth seeking rather than success seeking, agile responsiveness to scientific data and embracing of peer review

Desirable Requirements

  • PhD in scientific discipline

  • Extensive general medical knowledge

  • Experience in several organizations and geographic locations

If you are interested, apply now!

Welcome with your application no later than May 23rd, 2018.

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.