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Director Cytokine Biology

Company name
Pfizer Inc

La Jolla, CA, United States

Employment Type

Executive, Manager

Posted on
Jan 04,2019

Valid Through
Apr 19,2019

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Pfizer Cancer Immunology Discovery (CID) is within the Oncology division of Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development in La Jolla, CA. CID is dedicated to developing new protein therapeutics to improve human life by redirecting the immune system against cancer. CID researchers apply the latest scientific knowledge and novel approaches to discover truly innovative Immuno-Oncology therapeutics.

We are seeking to hire the head of our Cytokine Biology program. The candidate should be a highly motivated and accomplished scientist with demonstrated expertise in understanding and modulating cytokine and cytokine receptor function to impact anti-tumor immunity. The chosen candidate will be responsible for defining the strategy for Pfizer's large molecule IO intervention targeting cytokine function, which will require close collaboration with a variety of inter-disciplinary colleagues including cancer biologists, immunologists, clinicians, protein engineers, and target identification and biomarker researchers.


Contribute to overall strategy for cancer immunology at CID and define and implement an innovative strategy for effectively modulating cytokine function to effect anti-tumor immunity.

Supervise and mentor a team committed to delivering IND-enabling packages over the next 2-4 years

Collaborate with immuno-oncology (I-O), protein engineering, computational biology, and clinical development groups to pursue the most promising drug candidates through clinical trials.

Supervise a group conducting target validation for new targets

Participate in collaborations on novel I-O targets with internal and external partners.

Lead the latest scientific advancements in the field as a thought leader and spokesperson for Pfizer I-O research, especially in the field of cytokine biology

Contribute to a culture that embraces continuous learning, development, and collaboration


PhD with 10-15 years post-doctoral training with significant relevant experience in cancer immunotherapy

Experience managing a large team is essential

Knowledge of cellular and molecular immunology

Ability to design and supervise all aspects of in vitro and in vivo cancer immunotherapy models

Track record of publications and innovation

Ability to design and deliver novel solutions to challenging problems

Pro-active attitude and strong desire to discover novel biology and potential new drugs

Strong oral presentation and communication skills


Industry experience, including regulatory agency interaction is highly desired, including experience of target validation and candidate selection


Ability to perform complex data analysis

Ability to analyze and interpret work published in the field and use it to place our work in context


Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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 reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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Good health is vital to all of us, and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world cannot wait. That's why we at Pfizer are committed to applying science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.

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