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Sr. Scientist, Computational Biotherapeutics Engineering

La Jolla, California
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Role Summary

We are seeking a protein structure modeling expert to design industry-leading biotherapeutics as part of Pfizer's BioMedicine Design team in La Jolla, CA. The successful candidate will join project teams to optimize protein-based therapeutic leads (such as antibodies, multi-specifics, and fusion proteins) in early through late discovery, primarily using protein structure, molecular simulation, and AI/ML property prediction models. The candidate will evaluate and create improved computational workflows, and collaborate across departments to generate and analyze high quality datasets to inform design of improved AI/ML prediction models. Other areas of opportunity in our group include AAV based gene therapy and RNA vaccine optimization, and engineering improved protein scaffolds.


Works with project teams as a primary source of knowledge for structure-based computational analysis of protein biotherapeutic leads and provides optimized designs. Effectively communicates results and recommendations to colleagues with diverse scientific backgrounds. Evaluates/implements new or improved methods to increase throughput and/or accuracy of molecular modeling workflows. Analyzes data sets to discover relationships between protein structure and key pharmaceutical properties. Engineers improved general platforms for protein therapeutics, gene therapies, and RNA vaccines.

  • PhD with 0-3 years of experience and a degree concentration in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field
  • Strong track record of structure-based engineering of protein properties
  • Expertise in one or more commonly used protein structure modeling software packages.
  • Programming in a Linux environment using a scripting language such as Perl or Python.
  • Working knowledge of bioinformatics tools and databases.
  • Conducting research projects in a team setting, presenting results to scientists of varying technical backgrounds.

  • Working knowledge of antibody structure and function is a significant advantage.
  • Experience with computational RNA structure prediction and/or stabilization.
  • Linux systems administration skills and knowledge of HPC environments.
  • Knowledge of ML/AI methods.
  • Experience with one or more of the following software suites: Schrodinger, Rosetta, Discovery Studio, FoldX.
  • Experience integrating multiple scientific software toolkits to develop new analysis workflows usable by colleagues.
  • Strong track record of publication in topics involving protein structure analysis.

  • Last Date to Apply: October 20, 2021
  • Relocation eligible
  • Eligible for employee referral bonus

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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