Scientist I - Infectious Disease Research

Organization
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Job Location
Mountain View, CA
Job Description

 If you're inspired by the possibilities of science to change lives and you thrive when making brave decisions - join us. 
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 Scientist I - Infectious Disease Research in Mountain View, CA, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients' lives. 
And we're excited to share that our work at the Mountain View site (along with some other AstraZeneca Group Companies in the Bay Area) will relocate to South San Francisco in early 2018.  Click here for more information on this new facility. 
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 highly motivated Scientist I to join the Microbial Sciences group to study microbiome in drug development utilizing various molecular tools. The position offers a unique opportunity for you to work in a dynamic and innovative environment. You will not only interact with highly accomplished scientists in the Microbial Sciences and Translational Sciences groups locally but also globally by collaborating with scientists at MedImmune's Gaithersburg and Cambridge facilities to develop your career at the interface of basic research and drug discovery. 
You will use next generation sequencing or deep sequencing technologies to examine airway and gut microbiota in animal and human samples in order to understand microbiome changes during disease progression and from drug treatment intervention.  You will be expected to conduct experiments in the web lab with strong analytical ability. You may also participate in the research and development of a viral vector system for drug delivery.

Requirements: Essential Requirements 

•PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, bacteriology, virology or related discipline 
•Demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct a high-level novel research project with a strong track record of developing creative solutions to complex problems 
•Experience with nucleic acid isolation, RT/PCR, next generation sequencing (NGS) library preparation including RNAseq, 16S rRNA, and shotgun metagenomics 
•Knowledgeable or competent in bioinformatics tools for sequence data analysis 
Desirable Requirements 

•Motivated and capable of working independently as well as collaboratively 
•Strong written and verbal communication skills with publication record in the relevant fields 
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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