Associate Scientist

Groton, Connecticut
July 16 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Pfizer colleagues have many perspectives, many backgrounds, and many strengths, but we share one goal: to improve the lives of patients. Worldwide Research and Development (WRD) combines research units that have deep disease area expertise with partner lines that deliver cutting-edge science, generating an efficient R&D operating model, to discover and develop innovative therapies.

The successful candidate will join a team of ~50 scientists within the Primary Pharmacology Group (PPG) at our Groton, CT campus, focused on the design, development, and execution of in vitro plate-based screening assays supporting hit identification and lead optimization for small molecule drug discovery programs across Pfizer Research Units. Working collaboratively with project teams, they will contribute disease-relevant pharmacology support to both target-based and phenotypic programs to discover therapies for Immunology and Inflammation diseases, ensuring support from idea to clinical candidate selection.

Applicants should have experience working in a laboratory setting. Knowledge in 3 or more of the following is important: plate-based pharmacology, cell biology, biochemistry, enzymology, drug discovery and laboratory automation. Key to the role is a demonstrated ability to rapidly become proficient with new technologies, equipment and data analysis software. The successful candidate will be excited by working in teams with talented scientists from other disciplines (e.g. Chemistry, Research Unit Biology, Structural Biology, and CROs). They should therefore possess strong collaborative and written/verbal communication skills and be adept at building partnerships. In addition to technical skills, the candidate should demonstrate a personal drive, leadership skills, flexibility/resiliency, and a good sense of humor.

The Primary Pharmacology group offers a collegial and supportive environment for colleagues, with a culture encouraging openness, innovation and ownership of our science. We aim to provide scientific and growth opportunities for professional development commensurate with a colleague's goals and experience.

At Pfizer, we believe in helping people lead healthier lives - from our customers to our colleagues. We offer a wide array of programs and plans that give our colleagues the flexibility and tools they need to get and stay healthy, both physically and financially. These include competitive compensation, generous medical, vacation and retirement benefits as well as a number of additional benefits.

  • We seek a laboratory scientist to support hit identification and lead optimization for small molecule drugs discovery projects.
  • This scientist will perform in vitro assays to drive lead identification and SAR using a combination of target-based biochemical assays and physiologically relevant cellular assays. They will carry out data analysis as well as review and interpret this data for project teams.
  • This scientist will work with an interdisciplinary team of disease biologists, medicinal chemists, structural biologists and biophysicists, as well as external partners.

  • BSc or equivalent with 0+ years of experience relevant to drug discovery in biochemistry, cell biology, and/or pharmacology OR MSc with 0+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Demonstration of excellent computer, verbal and written communication skills

  • Practical experience with running in vitro pharmacology assays, including assay troubleshooting
  • Practical experience in cell culture, laboratory automation (e.g. liquid handling) and data analysis softwares (e.g. ABase, GraphPad Prism, Spotfire)
  • Knowledge of associated disciplines such as molecular and cellular biology, protein chemistry, biophysical techniques and chemistry
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment


  • Sitting, standing, lifting, bending, and walking. Ability to perform practical laboratory bench work and work on a computer (while standing or sitting).
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations and interpret data.


  • Candidate may periodically be asked to travel to the Pfizer Cambridge, MA site to meet project team members.
  • Candidate must comply with laboratory safety practices and wear personal protection as required.

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