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Senior Associate Scientist, non-PhD

La Jolla, California
Closing date
Oct 7, 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

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.

What You Will Achieve

Exciting opportunity to join an innovative group at the nexus of functional genomics, new molecular biology techniques and target discovery/exploration in Oncology drug discovery. Integrative Biotechnologies (IBT) is a collaborative group that applies expertise in cell engineering, proteomics and functional genomics across Pfizer's diverse Oncology portfolio to translate novel breakthroughs into therapies that change patients' lives. This position is located at Pfizer's La Jolla CA campus and within a team focused on identifying and utilizing cutting edge technology and functional genomics to advance drug development. Team members pursue tumor and immune cell targets while leveraging diverse therapeutic modalities that include enzymatic inhibitors and protein degraders.

We are seeking an experienced cell and molecular biologist to contribute to the success of the IBT group. Responsibilities include using CRISPR-based methods for modification or disruption at scales ranging from individual genes up to genome-wide pooled screens. Specific skills that are highly desired include excellent cell culture technique with experience using lentiviral gene delivery, expertise in PCR-based methods and preparation of NGS libraries. Successful candidates will have a team-focused attitude that helps build and strengthen collaborations with colleagues across Oncology Research & Development. Please include a cover letter with your application.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Carry out hands-on lab work for target discovery, validation and characterization using genetic and chemical approaches in cultured and primary cells.
  • Develop and engineer cell models in alignment with needs of the drug discovery team.
  • Complete pooled genetic perturbation screens to uncover novel genetic connections to drug response and resistance.
  • Identify and test exciting new opportunities, techniques, or strategies to help advance the drug discovery pipeline
  • Communicate science and strategy effectively with oral and written formats.


  • M.S. without experience or B.S. with 2+ years of experience, with degree in Genetics, Biology or a related discipline.
  • Prior experience with various gene targeting methods (CRISPR/shRNA/siRNA).
  • Extensive cell culture experience with proficiency culturing and maintaining many cell lines and/or flasks simultaneously
  • Substantial experience in design, execution, and interpretation of cell culture-based experiments.
  • Strong ambition and creative problem-solving abilities to achieve data-driven decisions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Industry experience
  • Experience with a variety of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (DNA/RNA extraction, Western blot, qPCR, immunoprecipitation, cloning or flow cytometry).
  • Hands-on experience using laboratory automation, e.g. Incucyte, plate readers, FACS, and/or liquid-handling robotics.
  • Proficiency using Spotfire, DepMap/CCLE, UCSC Genome Browser, and/or SnapGene.

  • Must be able to wear standard PPE (lab coat/safety shoes/glasses/etc.)

  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise. On Premise colleagues work in a Pfizer site because it's needed to get their job done. They may have flexibility to work remotely from time to time, but they are primarily on-site.



Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.


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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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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