Clinical Translational Fellowship at Pfizer

Clinical Translational Fellowship at Pfizer

Massachusetts General Hospital, Pfizer, and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Nazem Atassi
Program Director:
Dr. Andrew Cole

This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a board-certified or boardeligible physician scientist trained in Neurology to spend a period of up to two years working with the Pfizer Early Clinical Development (ECD) organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts and performing clinical activities at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The recipient of this fellowship will have an opportunity to work on different projects as a member of the Pfizer Innovation Research Laboratory (PflRe Lab). The mission of the PflRe lab is to deliver on an innovative digital platform to transform clinical development in drug trials. Digital medicine is an industry-leading mobile/digital technology initiative striving to utilize digital continuous monitoring of patient physiology and activity as novel endpoints for disease diagnosis and health state assessment.

The fellow will also be trained in translational medicine and pharmaceutical industry drug development in preparation for a future role as an industry clinical research leader or academic clinical researcher. Applicants with solid computational backgrounds including signal processing and machine learning skills will be highly suited for this fellowship. Prior experience in drug development/translational research is not required.

The clinician- scientists are selected by a joint Pfizer- Massachusetts General Hospital Search Committee and employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital. There is a 75% protected time commitment to the Pfizer ECD organization and a 25% commitment to clinical activities at Massachusetts General Hospital within the Department of Neurology. The program provides up to $75,000 annual salary support plus benefits. The awardee may receive additional support for tuition, travel and supplies. Appointments begin on July 1st, 2020.

Eligibility/Application Process

  • Physician scientist who is a BC/BE Neurologist
        by July 1st
  • Fellow or Junior faculty in Neurology
  • Ability to commit 75% of time to Pfizer
           and 25% of time to MGH
  • Demonstrated excellence in the field of
           computational biology
Applicants must submit:
  • Letter of intent (2 pages maximum) describing the relevance of this program to previous experience,
          research interests, and career goals
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Vitae (CV) • Letter of support from the Neurology Chair of institution
  • Two additional letters of support
  • NIH Other Support – current and pending grants
Please submit your application as one PDF file by March 1st to the program coordinator.

Questions about the program can be directed towards:

Andrew J. Cole, M.D. F.R.C.P.
Program Director, Neurological Clinical Research Institute (NCRI)
Massachusetts General Hospital
(617) 726-3311


Pfizer flyer and application form

Program Coordinator

Carol Qian