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Senior Associate Scientist - Immune Tolerance

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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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

The Immune Tolerance Group within the Inflammation & Immunology Research Unit aims to develop cures for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease and vitiligo by activating endogenous immune regulatory mechanisms in the innate and adaptive immune systems. The Senior Associate Scientist will join a cross-disciplinary team performing cutting-edge, collaborative research to support drug development projects as well as early target discovery efforts. The colleague will utilize the latest technology platforms to perform immunological experiments, effectively strengthening the foundational understanding of immune tolerance, and rapidly apply these learnings collaboratively to develop cures for autoimmune diseases.

How You Will Achieve It

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to join our team. Primary responsibilities include the development of in vitro assays to assess the tolerizing potential of novel therapeutics. Effective performance on large teams and comfort in a large, matrixed organization is essential. As a senior associate scientist, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and optimize protocols, run experiments independently with sufficient guidance, collaborate with team members and partner lines to generate data with scientific rigor, and communicate findings in a timely manner. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to learn fast, think critically, collaborate and communicate efficiently in a team environment.
  • Perform mammalian cell culture of primary and transformed cells.
  • Design, executeand optimize in vitro cell based assays to characterize novel mechanisms of immune tolerance.
  • Analyze results and communicate scientific data efficiently to management and drug discovery teams.
  • Guarantee that data generation, analysis, and laboratory notebook entry is handled in a compliant manner ensuring the highest quality and integrity of findings.
  • Work collaboratively and independently to support portfolio programs, establish a schedule to meet deadlines, and harness the necessary resources across a matrixed organization.



  • B.S. Degree and at least 3 years of relevant research experienceorM.S. Degree with relevant laboratory experience in Biology, Immunology, Pharmacology, or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of Biology and Immunology.
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture of primary and transformed cells.
  • Record of delivering quality datasets that empower the generation of new programs.
  • Established history of working efficiently in a team environment and collaborating with other scientists to complement individual areas of expertise.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. Ability to disseminate scientific findings in a concise manner to the group


  • 2 years of experience in pharmaceutical R&D.
  • Hands-on experience with basic immunological techniques, such as primary cell culture, leukocyte isolation, multicolor flow cytometry, ELISA, qPCR, Western blot, imaging.
  • Knowledge of T cell biology and autoimmune disease pathophysiology.
  • Genetic manipulation of human cells using shRNA/siRNA/CRISPR tools.
  • Willingness to learn, ability to adapt quickly and apply new techniques

Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

Non-Standard Work Schedule, Travel, Or Environment Requirements
  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise


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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