Senior Associate Scientist, T Cell Immuno-Oncology (non-PhD)

La Jolla, California
October 18 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Why Patients Need You

Everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to the quality and the delivery of safe and effective products to patients. Our science and risk-based compliant quality culture is flexible, innovative, and customer oriented. Whether you are involved in development, maintenance, compliance or analysis through research programs, your contribution will directly impact patients.

What You Will Achieve

The Cancer Immunology Discovery group at Pfizer is seeking a highly motivated and creative Senior Associate Scientist at the BS/MS level to join the T cell activation and PDx resistance team to identify and evaluate novel therapies in the fields of Cancer Immunotherapy and Immune Checkpoint Biology. The candidate will provide scientific and technical support and work closely with other disciplines across Pfizer to drive discovery research programs into early clinical development. Specifically, the candidate will contribute to the delineation of mechanisms of action, aid biomarker discovery and support the identification and development of molecules that impact T cell and myeloid cell function to enhance anti-tumor immunity. The successful candidate will use a variety of tools including, molecular, cellular, and biochemical techniques, as well as modern imaging techniques, systems immunology, bioinformatics, and preclinical in vitro and in vivo models.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Contribute to the discovery and development of new small and large molecule therapeutic modalities for cancer immunotherapy.
  • Perform mechanistic, PD, and biomarker studies for preclinical-stage therapies using in vitro and ex vivo assays, including but not limited to multi-parameter flow cytometry (including PhosphoFlow), western blotting/IP, gene expression analysis techniques, and functional assays.
  • Participate and present in internal and external project meetings as well as at site and cross-site meetings.
  • Analyze and report experimental findings accurately and concisely in both oral and written formats.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology, Oncology, or related discipline with 3+ years relevant post-graduate experience or MS degree with 1+ years relevant post-graduate experience.
  • Technical background in molecular immunology, including assessment of protein post-translational modifications
  • Experience in standard immunologic and cell culture techniques including primary cell subset isolation and culture.
  • Excellent organization skills, time planning, ability to graph and present data in PowerPoint
  • Ability to plan, execute, and interpret experiments.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong motivation with a dedicated work ethic.

  • Experience with T cell or myeloid/dendritic cell biology assays including activation, differentiation, proliferation, cytotoxic and suppression assays.
  • Broad technical expertise in assessing T cell phenotype and function in vivo/ex vivo (flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, MSD, (confocal) microscopy, CRISPR/ lentiviral transduction).
  • Experience investigating T cell-specific inhibitory/co-stimulatory molecules and their associated signal transduction pathways (western blot, reporter assays, phosphoFlow).

Physical/Mental Requirements
  • Ability to perform complex data analysis.
  • Ability to interpret and apply results in the context of Pfizer programs and published literature.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to succeed in a team setting.

Other Job Details
  • Last Date to Apply: October 21st, 2021

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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