Senior Associate Scientist, Biology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

The Internal Medicine Research Unit is seeking a highly motivated non-PhD (Bachelor's or Master's level) scientist with rodent handling and cell culture experience to support mechanistic and drug discovery obesity-related research. The ideal candidate will design and execute in vitro and in vivo experiments, and can demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret and effectively communicate results. Candidate will work closely with manager and will collaborate with other Pfizer scientists to support IMRU portfolio projects and workgroup goals.

Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussions and creating an environment of collaboration. It is your hard work and focus that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Plan, design and execute in vivo experiments. Comfortable handling and dosing (IP, SC, PO and IV) rodents. Blood and tissue collection.
  • Perform cell culture experiments.
  • Conduct molecular biology experiments such as but not limited to transfection, gene expression analysis, immunostaining, ELISA and Western blotting.
  • Capable of following assay protocols and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Compliance to laboratory safety and electronic notebook standards.
  • Working effectively with peers to support projects and workgroup goals.
  • Identify and report any experimental problems, proactively troubleshoot causative factors, and implement necessary corrections following discussion with supervisor.



  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology or other related discipline with 2-4 years of lab experience in academia or in industry.
  • Hands-on rodent handling, dosing, and tissue collection experience.
  • Familiarity with standard cell and molecular biology methods including but not limited to cell culture, siRNA and plasmid transfections, immunoassays such as ELISAs and western blotting, and quantitative real-time PCR.
  • Ability to use appropriate software to perform data analysis.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment independently or as part of a team, strong motivation with a dedicated work ethic.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creativity, self-motivation and the ability to work independently including analysis and troubleshooting of experimental results and reviewing literature to formulate new approaches.


  • Bachelors' degree with 4+ or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with rodent handling and dosing (IP, SC, PO and IV).
  • Knowledge of metabolism and pharmacology.
  • Experience working in or collaborating with industry.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: February 2, 2021
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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