Pfizer Senior Associate Scientist, CTI Biology in La Jolla, California

Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) is an entrepreneurial network of partnerships with leading academic medical centers (AMC) that aligns leading scientific and clinical experts from the AMCs with Pfizer's world-class scientists, drug development capabilities and breadth of resources to speed the translation of breakthrough science into innovative medicines for patients.

Pfizer scientists will work with Aaademic scientists assigned to sponsored programs towards the common goal of translating science into novel Proof-of-Mechanism (PoM) studies across multiple therapeutic areas and indications to increase the probability of reaching Proof-of-Concept (PoC) and ultimately bring novel and differentiated medicines to patients. This is a new position for CTI-San Diego which is expanding in the biology area.


The candidate will be an essential member of the CTI-Cal Biology Group. He/she will use molecular biology and assay development knowledge to design and execute experiments to address aspects of basic and translational biology of drug targets, molecular pathways, and relevance to human disease. The candidate will assist with the evaluation, characterization and validation of the mechanism-of-action of antibody, protein and/or small molecule drug candidates. A variety of cellular, biochemical and pharmacological methods will be employed using human cell lines and primary cells to effectively translate innovative ideas into drugs.

The applicant will function as a member of multidisciplinary project teams. He/she will present results and recommendations at local project team and related meetings. The candidate will collaborate closely with other members of CTI-California, CTI and Pfizer scientists at other sites, and our academic partners to ensure meeting aggressive project deliverables, goals and timelines. The candidate is expected to embrace and embody the entrepreneurial spirit and biotech-like culture, values and goals of the CTI and contribute to creating an exciting, collaborative, productive, and scientifically rigorous working environment.

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum BS (+4 yrs) /MS (+2 yrs) experience conducting laboratory research

  • Molecular biology and cellular assay development expertise required

  • Ability to succeed in a small, interactive, non-traditional drug-discovery environment

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and cooperate with others

  • Good record keeping and communication skills are essential

  • Strong organizational and time management skills in order to balance working on multiple projects in parallel are required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in pharma and/or biotech environment is preferred

  • Knowledge in cancer biology and immunology

Other Job Details

  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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