Associate Research Fellow, Rare Disease

Cambridge, MA
Jun 15, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time


As a key member of the rare cardiovascular disease discovery biology team, the successful candidate will be responsible for implementing and leading discovery projects from ideation to early clinical development within the Rare Disease Research Unit’s portfolio. Interacting with clinical development and computational geneticists, the candidate will drive the rare cardiovascular disease area strategy, including new target selection, and support biomarker development needs for clinical trials.


  • Lead biology research teams working on rare cardiovascular disease programs in the RDRU portfolio which cover a breadth of modalities including AAV gene therapy.
  • Develop scientifically rigorous translational research strategies to utilize the most relevant nonclinical in vitro and in vivo models, enabling robust clinical translation.
  • Analyze, interpret and report results of nonclinical studies in support of regulatory filings.
  • Partner collaboratively across integrated, multi-functional teams encompassing research (including biostatisticians and computational geneticists) and development (clinical, clinical pharmacology, statistics, development operations) and clinical biomarker assay specialists, diagnostics and asset leaders, while fostering a culture of scientific excellence and innovation. Work to build synergy with groups in Pfizer working on non-rare cardiovascular indications.
  • Assess state of the art technologies, collaborate closely with computational and systems biologists, and innovate with academic collaborators to expand rare cardiovascular translational research.


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Advanced degree (PhD/MD) with focus on cardiovascular disease biology and a minimum of 8 years’ experience in Cardiovascular/Metabolic drug discovery and development.
  • Candidate should possess a sophisticated understanding of modern cardiovascular tissue biology, mouse models of cardiovascular disease and human cardiac genetics, with a documented focus on translational research.
  • Demonstrated excellence designing, executing and interpreting studies of cardiovascular disease biomarkers in nonclinical studies that enable their validation for clinical application.
  • Ability to drive interactions at the interface between the research unit’s discovery biologists and appropriate partner lines, (eg. Chemistry, AAV vector generation teams, Clinical).
  • Significant external scientific influence within the academic community, publication of primary research results in high quality, peer-reviewed journals and national/international scientific reputation
  • Direct experience or familiarity with state-of-the-art technologies applicable to cardiovascular disease biomarker analysis such as next-generation sequencing, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, in situ hybridization, gene expression profiling, and digital image analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively while contributing to multiple projects, thrive in a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team setting; highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


  • Experience with multiple modalities as therapeutics for cardiovascular disease (e.g. small molecules, biologics and AAV viral vectors).
  • Experience with iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (generation and functional assessments).
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in matrix organizations.
  • Experience leveraging genomic and molecular information from cardiovascular disease patient registries

Other Job Details:

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


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