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Executive Director, Head of Virology and Vaccine Research, Early V&I

AstraZeneca PLC
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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We are seeking a Virologist or Viral Immunologist with a background in discovery and early clinical trial product development to join the Early Vaccines & Immune Therapies (V&I) R&D unit at AstraZeneca. This exciting role will have overall leadership and accountability for virology, viral vaccines and viral antibodies research and discovery work through IND submissions. This is an impactful, high–profile and visible role and requires an individual with outstanding scientific, communication and project management skills as well as the ability to build positive relationships with expert functions within AstraZeneca. In addition, the individual is expected to represent AstraZeneca at external meetings and develop collaborations with scientists in academia and the biotech industry. You will have antibody and or vaccine R&D experience, demonstrated leadership, and be able to critically evaluate the science, data and competitive landscape that underlies the development strategy. This position requires the ability to able to effectively communicate across a broad range of internal and external audiences, and have an ability to clearly articulate project specific strategies as they relate to the overall Early V&I portfolio and strategy. Major Duties and Responsibilities You will develop and implement strategy on new targets, technologies and drug/vaccine delivery programs, alongside the ability to integrate expertise/findings from discovery research, structural biology, nonclinical and clinical groups to develop programs from inception to the clinic. In addition, you will be required to support life cycle management for marketed vaccines and antibodies and play a pivotal role in search and evaluation of business development opportunities. This role will lead a team of scientists identifying and developing novel antibodies and vaccines to prevent or treat a range of viral and diseases in the AstraZeneca portfolio. Additionally, you will be responsible for providing scientific and technical support for regulatory communications, and must be able to travel a minimum of 10% overnight. Essential Skills/Experience: MD or PhD in Virology, Immunology, or similar scientific area 15+ years of pharmaceutical/biotech industry experience in discovering and developing vaccines, antibodies, antivirals or immunomodulators in research through early–stage clinical trials. Experience leading cross–functional research and development teams. Laboratory management and environmental and safety compliance Outstanding record of contributions in drug, antibody, or vaccine development for viral diseases Knowledge of good laboratory practices (GLPs) and good clinical practices (GCPs) Have successful consultative, strategic planning and organizational skills working in a matrix environment. Have a demonstrated ability to influence and build strong relationships with key external authorities in virology, vaccine development and immunology. Demonstrated project leadership experience supporting the development of novel antibodies, vaccines and immunomodulators for the prevention and/or treatment of viral infections. When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life–changing medicines. In–person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace, and challenge perceptions. That's why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we're not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world. Why AstraZeneca? We are a changemaker on the world stage at an exciting frontier of medicine. This is backed by deep knowledge and experience in our field. Building on this, we lead the way into the future with energy and drive. We are helping to transform healthcare and build pandemic preparedness to protect against future health crises and to bring lasting immunity to people around the globe. We are committed to our central role in addressing pandemic and endemic diseases and ensuring our products continue to reach and benefit millions of people around the world. 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 authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements. AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID–19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law. Ready to make a meaningful and lasting difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to push the boundaries of science. Ready to make a meaningful impact? Apply now! Date Posted 27–Feb–2024 Closing Date Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form. AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID–19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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