Device Engineer

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.

About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:

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 center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while increasing collaboration between teams.

Summary of the group:

The Device Development Group sits in the BioPharmaceutical R&D organization and has offices in Gaithersburg, MD and South San Francisco, CA. The group is responsible for design, development, healthcare authority approval and ultimately launch of drug/device combination products. The product portfolio is mainly focused on subcutaneous drug delivery system, and also have several new Technology Development projects in other related areas.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

The Engineer will lead or make strong technical contributions within cross functional combination product development teams and/or to complex technical development and problem-solving projects. This role will be responsible for successful completion of design, development and commercialization deliverables and ensuring that device design, component selection, manufacturability and testing specifications and methods meet product needs. To be successful the candidate must effectively interface with staff and leaders in Device Development, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Drug Development, Process Engineering and across other areas of Biologics Product Development and Astra Zeneca. Strong communication skills are required including succinct and effective presentation of technical and non-technical materials during meetings with company Senior Management / Leaders, health authorities, audits and other internal and external stakeholders. This role will lead technical development with external development and commercialization partners and component suppliers and problem-solving activities using state of the art tools and techniques such as DMAIC, DFFS, DOE, Monte Carlo Simulation, Probabilistic Design, etc. Development and commercialization must be conducted in compliance with applicable processes / procedures, standards and regulations including Design controls, Risk management, Human factors engineering, FDA QSR, ISO13485, etc.

  • Lead or be a strong technical contributor to a cross functional team in the selection, development, scale up and/or commercialization of drug delivery devices for the AZ pipeline
  • Be a senior scientific contributor to complex problem solving and technical development
  • Contribute to departmental combination product development capability by applying and maintaining a high level of knowledge and expertise
  • Influence and educate cross-functional stakeholders and leaders on device development and commercialization best practices
  • Establish a close working relationship with and provide effective oversight of suppliers and manage technical aspects of external collaborations
  • Drive a Quality mindset and ensure that work is performed in accordance with appropriate quality requirements and compliance standards (e.g. risk management, Design Controls, ISO standards etc.)
  • Contribute to regulatory filings and health authority responses
  • Develop and implement best practices / business processes


Education & Experience Requirements:
  • Engineering or technical degree or equivalent. BS required, MS or PhD preferred.
  • Engineer: A minimum of 2 years of experience in technical roles within combination product development.


Required Skills:
  • Excellent leadership skills to lead a cross functional team and ensure success of the project.
  • A track record of working effectively within a matrix organization with a highly cross-functional and collaborative environment is required.
  • Excellent communication skills are required.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and practices applicable to device and/or combination product development is required.


Desired Skills:
  • Experience in working with external development and commercialization partners and suppliers is highly desirable.
  • Experience in development of drug/device combination products for subcutaneous delivery
  • Technical leadership of cross-functional development teams


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.

So, what's next!

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it's yours.

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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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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