Research Scientist Biosamples Biobank AstraZeneca Gothenburg.


Eleonor Ehrman, 
Application deadline:
Job type:
full time
Type of employment:
Västra Götalands län, 
Mölndal kommun
Life Science
Läkemedel, bioteknik & medicinteknik

job description.

We are currently recruiting for a temporary Research Scientist in the AZ Gothenburg Biobank group within the global Precision Medicine and Biosamples organization. This position will provide the opportunity to work in a dynamic and enthusiastic environment whilst supplying a critical service to drug discovery projects. The work is highly collaborative with the team having a collective responsibility for the overall delivery. This is a consulting position at AstraZeneca in Gothenburg.


Biobank scientists are responsible for the storage and timely supply of human biological samples (HBS) to AZ research projects. HBS are received from e.g. clinical studies or academic collaborations, stored in local biobanks and distributed to projects. The group primarily supports the Sweden Region but partners with other Biobank groups within the Biosamples department globally to provide efficient support across AZ and our partner organisations.

The Biobank group works collaboratively to provide support within agreed service levels with a strong focus on our customers. We strive hard to understand what fits their needs best and to add value through our services. With an increased focus on the value and use of biobank samples we actively seek ways to improve our process or exploit new technology to build a cutting edge facility.

The role is focused on supporting drug discovery projects within R&D Gothenburg by maintaining a high quality handling and storage of HBS and support projects with requested samples in a timely manner.

As a Biobank Research Scientist you will be expected to:
  • Work as part of the team rotating between the following typical tasks
  • Receive and register incoming HBS
  • Process requests for HBS to customers
  • Manage customer orders using specialized informatics systems as well as databases
  • Responding to customer queries via mail or telephone
  • Partner with Biobank groups globally as well as internal and external customers
  • Act upon day-to-day issues that occur whilst processing HBS samples to ensure continuous improvement
The group has a strong emphasis on continuous improvement which takes the form of individual and group projects within the team, the department and across Biobank groups within AZ.


Minimum experience
You should ideally have a degree in a Bioscience or Chemistry discipline and previous experience of laboratory work handling biological samples. Previous knowledge and experience (>1 year) of biobanking in a current setting is a clear advantage. Experience of working with various IT solutions, including extensive knowledge of Excel, LIMS systems and database usage, is also an advantage.

The biobank team is a highly collaborative group working to tight delivery schedules so the ability to be comfortable working at a fast pace with a goal orientated and team focussed attitude is essential. Excellent communication skills with a proactive and service minded approach is key.

Preferred experience/requirements
Key Attributes
  • Ability to plan, perform and evaluate experiments to investigate improvement possibilities in a process
  • Knowledge of the drug discovery process
  • Interest in logistics and developing processes through customer interactions and technology awareness
  • Drive and enthusiasm to solve the root cause of problems and not only overcome the presenting problem
  • Thrive on working in a committed team and gain satisfaction from the overall performance of the group 
For us, it is important that all competence and skills in the labor market are utilized. We welcome all applicants and strive for diversity.


2021-04-17 selection and interviews will be ongoing. The position may be filled before the last day of application, therefore, apply as soon as possible.

For more information: Eleonor Ehrman +46733 434109

about Randstad Life Sciences.

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