Pfizer

Senior Scientist, Gene Therapy

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salary
Competitive
Posted
July 30 2021
Ref
4819746
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Pharma
Job Type
Senior Scientist
ROLE SUMMARY

Pfizer's Rare Disease Research Unit (RDRU) is focused on developing therapeutic solutions for patients with rare disorders. We are seeking a laboratory-based Senior Scientist to be part of an interdisciplinary team to execute and oversee preclinical studies in support of Pfizer's gene therapy portfolio. This role will have a strong focus on gene therapy delivery related to rare neurological and metabolic diseases. The individual will work independently in the laboratory as well as a member of cross-functional and collaborative project teams. The Senior Scientist will use their scientific judgment in making decisions within their area of expertise, proactively gather input from colleagues, and develop assays to ensure efficient and timely execution of team's deliverables. This Senior Scientist should have advanced expertise in at least two of the following areas: cell-based assay development, microscopy imaging techniques, mouse study design/execution.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Design and generate optimal transgene cassettes for packaging into AAV vectors. Work will include building, optimizing and testing AAV transgene expression cassettes in vitro.
  • Design and execute in vivo studies to evaluate AAV vector expression in rodents.
  • Generate quality data and lead aspects of AAV-based gene therapy projects in the RDRU pipeline.
  • Partner with other Pfizer Research and Development teams, especially those in drug metabolism and safety to develop translational preclinical packages with the goal of identifying gene therapy drug candidates.
  • Support high-priority projects in the RDRU portfolio.
  • Work with external collaborators and Contract Research Organizations.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Ph.D. in life sciences with > 3 years of post-doctoral experience.
  • Scientific training and background in molecular biology, genetics and AAV virology.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Evidence of scientific accomplishments in the form of publications and presentations.
  • Experience supporting a multidisciplinary project team including generating high-quality data in a time-sensitive environment, assimilating new information from multiple sources, and effectively communicating with internal and external scientists.
  • Self-motivated and the ability to work independently including analysis and troubleshooting of experimental results and reviewing literature to formulate new approaches.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience in investigating mechanisms of neurological diseases
  • Hands-on experience with AAV transgene construct design, molecular cloning, and testing vector transduction pharmacology in vitro and/or in vivo is preferred.


Other Job Details

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus



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