Neuroscience Project Leader (Director)



Cambridge, UK
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Neuroscience Project Leader (Director)

Location – Cambridge, UK

Comprehensive package with flexible benefits

Introduction to Role:

Are you ready to lead and deliver drug discovery and clinical development programmes for the Neuroscience portfolio in indications including neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain? We're looking for a leader to drive scientific and business strategy, lead a matrix project team, and deliver novel drugs. This is your chance to be part of the Biopharmaceuticals R&D team where you are empowered to follow the science!


As a Neuroscience Project Leader, you will be responsible for the creation of scientific strategy and tactics, alignment of these with a project plan and budget, and efficient execution of the plan. You will identify, select and manage internal functional experts, collaborators, and vendors as a matrix project team. You will bring a fundamental understanding of drug discovery in neurodegenerative disorders or chronic pain. You will be accountable for the leadership of one or more projects in Discovery and/or Clinical Development.

Neuroscience at Astrazeneca

With a rich heritage and a research and development focus on specific aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, analgesia and psychiatry, AstraZeneca continues to push the boundaries of neuroscience in collaboration with innovative partners across industry and academia.

Join a small, agile team, which runs semi autonomously within AstraZeneca, has a biotech culture and which is continuing to evolve and grow.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience), MD or PhD in life science, preferably in Neuroscience, Chemistry, Biology or related.
  • Drug discovery experience in an industrial setting (either biotech or big pharma) for large or small molecules and other modalities
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong digital literacy/proficiency across multiple programs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Leadership, organisational, project management skills
  • Ability to interact with and influence a broad section of collaborators at all levels including senior managers both internal and external to AZ.
  • Basic understanding of study/project finance and accounts
  • Ability to network and use multiple resources to identify opportunities for growth and development.
  • Experience in Research and early-stage (pre IND and Ph1) Clinical Development Drug Discovery.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

• Experience in the field of Neuroscience

• Experience in neurodegeneration and CNS

• Experience of clinical drug project development and the transition from the preclinical phase

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?

Join the team unlocking the power of what science can do. We are working towards treating, preventing, modifying and even curing some of the world's most complex diseases. Here we have the potential to grow our pipeline and positively impact the lives of billions of patients around the world. We're investing to enhance our understanding of disease as we work towards creating the next generation of therapeutics and pioneering new approaches to better predict clinical success. Always advancing our scientific knowledge and helping to shape the future of healthcare for the greatest and swiftest impact on disease.

Ready to make an impact? Apply now!

This role opens on 13th February, and we encourage your application before 29th February 2024.

Date Posted


Closing Date

29-Feb-2024Our 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.