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Postdoctoral Fellow - Virology and Respiratory Biology


Gaithersburg, United States

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 Postdoctoral Fellow – Virology and Respiratory Biology in Gaithersburg, MD, you'll play a pivotal role in channeling 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 Astra Zeneca 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.

The Department of Microbial Sciences at MedImmune, LLC is seeking a skilled and innovative postdoctoral candidate with virology/immunology/pulmonary biology experience to explore pathogenic mechanisms of exacerbation of asthma and COPD. This postdoctoral position will focus on lung epithelial- viral interactions using patient-derived stem cells and airway models at the tissue- and single-cell levels. The successful applicant will have experience in primary/ immortalized cell culture, as well as in vitro and in vivo models of respiratory virus infection. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in virology. The candidate will be part of a growing cross-functional effort to identify novel approaches to combat viral pathogens and respiratory disease.


  • Ph.D. in the field of in virology, immunology, respiratory biology, cell biology or related scientific discipline,
  • Prior research experience in virology and/or respiratory biology and the knowledge of lung biology, physiology and disease.
  • Strong cell biology experience in tissue culture techniques, isolation and culture of primary cells and the use of co-culture systems.
  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology techniques (Western blot, qRT-PCR, immunostaining, ELISA) and fluorescence imaging.
  • Experience in epithelial cell culture and differentiation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to wo rk independently and in collaborative team environments.
  • Track record of publication in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals

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 par tnership 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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: R-029120