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Scientist, Primary Pharmacology Group

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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Life Sciences, Pharmacology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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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

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 ~40 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. Disease areas of focus for this position predominantly include Rare Diseases and Oncology. Working collaboratively with project teams, he/she/they will use cell models to assist in necessary exploratory work to validate therapeutic hypotheses and provide assay development and small molecule screening support to both target-based and phenotypic programs, ensuring support from project idea to clinical candidate selection.

Also critical to the role is a demonstrated ability to rapidly become proficient with new technologies, equipment and software (e.g. screening techniques and equipment, ABase, GraphPad Prism, Spotfire). The successful candidate will be excited by working in teams with multiple partners (e.g. Chemistry, Research Unit Biology, Structural Biology, academic collaborators, and CROs).

How You Will Achieve
  • We seek a laboratory scientist to support hit identification and lead optimization for small molecule drugs discovery projects.
  • This scientist will participate in validation of therapeutic hypotheses and executing in vitro pharmacology strategies for target-based and phenotypic projects. Working with the team, he/she/they will develop, optimize, and perform in vitro assays to drive lead identification and SAR using a combination of biochemical, target-based, and physiologically relevant assay systems. He/she/they will carry out data analysis as well as review and interpret this data for project teams.
  • This scientist will have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge science using novel technologies applied to portfolio advancement as well as participate in publications.
  • This scientist will work with an interdisciplinary team of Research Unit biologists, medicinal chemists, structural biologists and biophysicists, as well as external partners to deliver on the portfolio.
  • Possess strong collaborative and written/verbal communication skills, be adept at building partnerships, and display flexibility/resiliency and a good sense of humor.


  • BS or equivalent with 6+ years of experience relevant to drug discovery in biochemistry, cell biology, and/or pharmacology OR MS with 4+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Applicants must have experience working in a laboratory setting and a broad understanding of biology.
  • Previous experience in 3 or more of the following is required: plate-based pharmacology, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, enzymology, or drug discovery.
  • Demonstrated experience with at least 3 in vitro assay formats (e.g. FRET, FACS, FP, ELISA, high content imaging, FLIPR, radioligand binding, etc.), including troubleshooting
  • Practical experience in laboratory automation and data analysis systems
  • Demonstration of excellent computer, verbal and written communication skills

  • Previous experience in multiple target classes (e.g. GPCRs, transporters, kinases, ion channels, DUBs, RNA) in a drug discovery setting
  • Practical experience in cell-based assays that involve transfections, siRNA, cell viability readouts
  • Knowledge of associated disciplines such as functional genomics, molecular and cellular biology, protein chemistry, biophysical techniques and chemistry.

  • 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 and New York, NY sites to meet project team members.
  • Candidate must comply with laboratory safety practices and wear personal protection as required.

Other Job Details:
  • Relocation support available

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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