Senior Scientist, Translational Research

Boulder, Colorado
April 08 2021
Full Time
Senior Scientist
Pfizer-Boulder (formerly Array BioPharma) is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted small molecule drugs to treat patients afflicted with cancer, and successfully launched approved drugs BRAFTOVI (encorafenib) and MEKTOVI (binimetinib) for the treatment of patients with BRAF mutated melanoma . These products have also been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for BRAF mutated CRC.

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The individual will support translational research programs to advance drug discovery and clinical development programs. They will leverage their expertise in molecular and cell biology, pharmacology, genomics and/or proteomics to lead and support research activities associated with translational studies to advance drug discovery and development programs. Areas of responsibility include drug resistance and sensitivity, mechanism of action and differentiation, biomarker discovery, and clinical biomarker strategy development and execution.

  • Independently execute translational research to support advancement of drug discovery and clinical development programs
  • Lead and conduct wet-lab molecular biology, cell biology and pharmacology studies to generate data that characterizes compound pharmacology and informs activity relating to drug resistance and sensitivity, mechanism of action and differentiation, biomarker discovery, and clinical biomarker strategy
  • Contributes to development and/or implementation of new experimental capabilities with application to advance drug discovery and development programs
  • Prepare and contribute to the preparation of high-quality written reports and oral presentations

  • PhD in biology, biochemistry, or related science plus at least 2-4 years' industry experience with a focus in Oncology.
  • Knowledge and successful technical application of molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology, genomics, and proteomics laboratory methods to advance oncology drug discovery, drug characterization and biomarker discovery.
  • Technical expertise in culturing cell lines and primary cells
  • Technical expertise in 2 or more of the following molecular and cell biology methods: analysis of protein expression by Western blot, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, ELISA; analysis of gene expression by RT-PCR and RNA sequencing, and analysis of complex data sets
  • Experience in small molecule drug discovery from lead identification to candidate nomination and IND submission
  • Strong scientist who understands their role and responsibilities and works to contribute to the overall success of the teams and efforts they support
  • Refined oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively articulate key concepts
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of independence to effectively address both strategic and tactical challenges, leveraging their strong understanding of biology, pharmacology, and oncology
  • Recognized company wide as a subject matter and/or technical expert in one or more areas
  • Candidate demonstrates a depth of experiences and capabilities including: the ability to conduct wet-lab studies and collaborate with peers to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.

  • Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending, ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis


  • Able to adhere to safe work practices and perform lab works with appropriate personal protection equipment such as but not limited to safety goggles, facial mask, gloves, lab coat/ protective gowning, and closed toe shoes
  • Able to work at flexible hours occasionally when performing time-sensitive experiments


· Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

· Eligible for Relocation Package


The annual base salary for this position ranges from $80,000 to $133,300. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 12.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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