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Senior Scientist, Neuromuscular Gene Therapy


Cambridge, MA 02139
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A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact. All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.

The Gene Therapy Translational Science group is part of Pfizer's Rare Disease Research Unit (RDRU) focused on gene therapy specific platform technologies towards the delivery of IND-approved vectors for testing in clinical trials. This Senior Scientist will be part of an interdisciplinary team partnering closely with the RDRU Biology and Gene Therapy groups as well as colleagues in other Pfizer disciplines contributing to translational preclinical packages related to novel gene therapies. This laboratory-based Senior Scientist will be part of an interdisciplinary team and contribute to preclinical data required to advance Pfizer's gene therapy-based portfolio. This particular role will have a strong focus on gene therapy delivery related to rare cardiac and neuromuscular diseases, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy and Friedreich's ataxia, and other diseases. This Senior Scientist will have advanced expertise in at least one of the following areas (biology of skeletal muscle, biology of cardiac muscle, neuromuscular junctions, monogenic disorders affecting muscle or neuromuscular junctions) and working knowledge of the remaining areas. The Senior Scientist will work independently, use scientific judgment in making decisions within the area of expertise, proactively gather inputs from colleagues, develop novel processes, and will be expected to provide significant scientific expertise to the team.


+ Perform in vivo experiments related to delivering of AAV gene therapy vectors into muscle tissue. Work will include optimizing AAV-based therapy formulations, routes of administration and understanding in vivo tissue distribution/cellular tropism

+ Execute preclinical AAV delivery studies evaluating vector safety and efficacy. Conduct tissue biodistribution studies, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and other experiments.

+ Partner with other RDRU and WRD teams, especially pharmacokinetics and drug disposition and drug safety to develop translational preclinical packages for gene therapy clinical candidates.

+ Deliver high-value data and lead in vivo aspects of AAV-based gene therapy projects in the RDRU pipeline.

+ Work with external collaborations and Contract Research Organizations (CROs).


+ Ph.D in the life sciences with 0-3 years of post-doctoral experience or Master's Degree with 3-6 years of academic or industry research experience

+ Scientific training and background in muscle physiology and neuromuscular disease.

+ Experience with AAV in vivo delivery and evaluation of construct pharmacology in muscle cell types is required.

+ Hands on experience performing and analyzing in vivo biology assays related to muscle physiology and biochemistry is required.

+ Exceptional communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.

+ Evidence of scientific accomplishments in the form of publications and presentations.


+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: January 31, 2018**

+ Additional Location Information: Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square)

+ Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: Yes

**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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Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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