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Senior Associate Scientist, Biochemistry (non-PhD)

La Jolla, California
Closing date
Aug 26, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that improve patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose where we translate science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in discovery, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will be a key contributor to our mission of bringing best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

The Oncology Research Division in La Jolla, California is seeking a motivated and innovative Senior Associate Scientist (at the BS/MS level) to join Biochemistry and Quantitative Pharmacology within Discovery Technologies. The successful candidate will contribute to pre-clinical programs within the Pfizer Oncology portfolio. They will gain in-depth, hands-on experience with cutting-edge drug discovery strategies from concept to clinical candidate nomination on diverse targets ranging from kinases, non-kinase enzymes, and other challenging proteins relevant to cancer.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Conduct high-quality, properly controlled experiments with an emphasis on rigor and reproducibility
  • Perform mechanistic analyses of key project compounds
  • Generate and run robust assays
  • Collaborate effectively within the group and across project teams
  • Participate and present results at project meetings and other internal, external meetings
  • Communicate results precisely in both written and oral formats


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry or related discipline
  • 3 years of laboratory experience
  • Ability and desire to effectively collaborate within a matrixed and diverse environment
  • Strong self-motivation, can work independently and within a team
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude with the desire to help others
  • Interest in expanding their own scientific knowledge and skills


  • Strong interest in evaluating and implementing new technologies
  • Previous experience with assay development and/or enzyme kinetics

  • Ability to execute laboratory experiments and perform complex data analyses
  • Ability to interpret results relative to published data and ongoing Pfizer programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to succeed in a team setting


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.

Sunshine Act

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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