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The Rare Diseases Research Unit (RDRU) of Pfizer is committed to the development of new therapies to address unmet medical needs of those individuals with rare and neglected diseases and to make a real impact on patient lives.

This is a really exciting time for Pfizer RDRU, which has recently established Bamboo Therapeutics in Chapel Hill, NC. Our laboratory is dedicated to the discovery and development of Gene Therapy based products and our commitment to rare disease research and to genetic medicine development is expected to be an area of tremendous growth in the coming years. Bamboo is fitted with state-of-the art laboratories and equipment, providing the perfect environment for cutting-edge science and exciting projects.

This individual will be working closely with fellow R&D scientists in the manufacturing of research grade plasmid DNA and AAV viral vectors to support RDRU AAV candidate selection for future gene therapy applications.

This position offers a challenging and exciting opportunity for implementing and learning different microbial and mammalian cell culture techniques and to solve complex biological problems. It also brings a unique chance to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues across the world while developing and expanding your career. The ideal candidate is a highly talented and self-motivated individual with a strong scientific background.

The qualified candidate will join the Bamboo team to enable development of gene therapies for rare diseases. The qualified candidate will be responsible for applying analytical methods to the assessment of product quality, quantification of impurities, and characterization across multiple projects. The candidate will perform testing in the R&D and regulated settings in support of pre-clinical drug candidates, including process and formulation development support.

The colleague is responsible for developing, troubleshooting, and applying analytical methodologies to support process and formulation development. The colleague will perform analytical methods to ensure adherence to Pfizer quality control (QC) guidelines. . The individual is responsible for becoming proficient in a breadth of analytical methodologies including electrophoresis and colorimetric assays. Recording, archiving and reporting of analytical results in technical reports is required. The colleague must be able to interact effectively with peers and leaders as a contributor to multi-disciplinary teams.


+ Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related field, with 3-5 years of relevant IND-supporting laboratory experience; or Master's Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or related field with 0-3 years of relevant industrial experience

+ Ability to follow established procedures under minimal supervision is necessary.

+ Experience with Good Documentation Practices is necessary.

+ Must have experience with RT-PCR, Dot Blot, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot, ELISA, virus titering, enzymatic assays, sequencing, and spectrophotometry in necessary.

+ Must have the ability to understand and analyze QC test procedures to ensure products conform to their specifications.

+ Candidate must have experience working with a research team focused on project-specific goals.

+ The colleague must work within corporate and regulatory guidelines to ensure compliance with Pfizer guidelines.


+ Ability to thrive in a fast paced work environment.

+ Attention to details and strong organizational skills.

+ Knowledge of drug development process for progression of biological candidates preferred

+ Prior experience working in an industry environment is preferred

+ Team player who can communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

+ Excellent documentation skills

+ Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skill

+ Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, Powerpoint, etc.

+ Experience in analysis of large molecules

+ Experience with laboratory data systems such as Laboratory Information Management Systems


+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: January 15, 2018**

+ **This job is Pfizer Exempt US Grade: 006**

+ Additional Location Information: Durham, NC

**EEO & Employment Eligibility**

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