European Society of Toxicologic Pathology (ESTP)
    European Society of Toxicologic Pathology
Pathologist – Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences
Cambridge, UK; Gothenburg, SE or Gaithersburg, US
Competitive salary and benefits

Make a more meaningful impact to patients' lives around the globe.

AstraZeneca is currently looking for dynamic, scientifically curious and collaborative medical or veterinary anatomic pathologists to join Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences (CPSS) and provide preclinical pathology expertise to a rich portfolio of biopharmaceutical drug projects. Several roles are available in dedicated safety teams supporting the Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic (CVRM), and Respiratory and Immunology (R&I) therapy areas. The roles are broad in scope and offer significant potential for scientific collaboration and professional development.

At AstraZeneca, you'll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to patients' lives. With science at its heart, this is the place where breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicines – for the world's most complex diseases. Answer unmet medical needs by pioneering the next wave of science, focusing on outcomes and shaping the patient ecosystem.

What you will do:
As a Pathologist in CVRM/R&I Safety, you will work closely with discovery safety specialists, toxicologists and disease area scientists, providing expert anatomic pathology support to drug projects across all development stages. You will build effective cross-functional networks across CPSS, CVRM and R&I, contributing to the design and assessment of investigative safety and efficacy studies and ensuring timely delivery of impactful, decision-making pathology data. In partnership with our expert imaging and AI scientists, you will explore the use of image analysis and artificial intelligence to drive quantitative pathology. As Project Pathologist, peer review of outsourced toxicology studies is an important part of your responsibility. For individual drug projects, you'll ensure consistency of CRO pathology outputs across toxicology studies and appropriate integration of pathology data within study reports and regulatory submissions.

Essential in the role:

  • Degree in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine
  • Postgraduate pathology qualification (FRCPath, DACVP, DECVP, DJSTP or equivalent)
  • In-depth anatomic pathology expertise gained in academic, contract research, industry or diagnostic environments
  • Ability to integrate pathology findings with a range of additional endpoints (necropsy findings, organ weights, clinical pathology, IHC, ISH) and provide contextualized interpretation

We also believe that the successful candidate possesses highly effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to clearly convey complex pathology data to a wide range of stakeholders.

Desirable in the role:

  • PhD in pathology or a subject relevant to the CVRM or R&I therapy areas
  • Track record of scientific delivery demonstrated by peer reviewed publications in high impact/high quality journals; ideally complimented by a strong academic or toxicologic pathology peer network
  • Broad cross-species toxicologic pathology expertise with experience of histopathological evaluation and/or peer review of short and long term toxicology studies
  • Relevant experience of providing discovery and toxicologic pathology support and acting as a pathology representative on multiple drug development projects
  • Ability to provide a holistic view of translational safety, efficacy pathology and pathophysiology from animal to patient

Why AstraZeneca?
At AstraZeneca we're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There's no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.

If you are a medical or veterinary anatomic pathologist seeking a new challenge, please get in touch with James Cartwright ( or Magnus Söderberg ( for an informal discussion about these exciting opportunities.

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