Scientist (SEC, IEC, RPLC, GC)


AstraZeneca - Career

AstraZeneca. We are a global, science-led, patient-focused pharmaceutical company. We are dedicated to transforming the future of healthcare by unlocking the power of what science can do for people, society and the planet.

Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most cutting-edge technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire collaboration and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.

The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost productivity and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness centre, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria, and copy centre. This is where you’ll find newly designed, activity-based workspaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

AstraZeneca has an opportunity for a Scientist in the Physicochemical Development Group within the Analytical Sciences Department in Gaithersburg, MD.


Job description:

In the Analytical Sciences group, you’ll play a pivotal role in channelling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. 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.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, troubleshooting, and/or executing assays using Chromatography, Electrophoresis, and/or Mass Spectrometry techniques in supporting development, manufacturing, and characterization of biopharmaceutical products, such as humanized monoclonal antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, and recombinant proteins. The candidate will be expected to make detailed experimental observations, review and analyze data, and interpret experimental results, and summarize data for presentations and reports. The candidate will have opportunity to author/revise SOPs, protocols, technical reports and other relevant documentation.


  • Hands on experience on chromatography (SEC, IEC, RPLC, GC), and/or electrophoresis (cIEF, CE-SDS).

  • Relevant industry working experience as well as a background in protein chemistry.

  • Great teamwork and communication skills, both verbal and written, are critical.

  • Good multi-tasking, time management and organizational skills are required. essential.

  • The ability to follow SOPs, policies, and regulations, and to perform routine lab equipment maintenance is required.

  • Ability to work in a team environment, attention to detail and strong verbal and written communication skills are also necessary.

  • Experience with glycan and peptide mapping analysis is a plus.


  • Scientist: BS degree with 5+ years or MS with 2+ years of laboratory experience.

Special Skills/Abilities:

  • Familiarity with data analysis software such as Empower and OpenLab

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 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?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

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.