Scientist, Process Development

Andover, Massachusetts
January 14 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

As a Scientist, Process Development you will be at the center of our operations and you'll find that everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to quality. Manufacturing Sciences and Technology (MSAT) at Pfizer is looking for a highly motivated, versatile candidate to join our multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in Andover, MA. The group supports Pfizer's portfolio of late stage development and commercial biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, and is responsible for process troubleshooting, process improvements and second- generation process development. We are looking for someone who is eager to contribute independent thinking and technical excellence to the upstream cell culture and fermentation team.

The ideal candidate will be a valuable contributor to the upstream team within MSAT Andover. The role is well-integrated with the rest of the MSAT group and will involve a lot of collaborative work both within the group and across the network. The colleague will be expected to plan and execute well-designed lab experiments in cell culture with pre-defined goals. This includes basic analytics, data acquisition and interpretation, user-level maintenance of the relevant equipment and documentation of work. In addition, the colleague will be expected to represent MSAT on a small number of cross-functional site-based teams, initially focusing on 1-2 products or processes.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Plan and execute upstream process experiments at benchtop scales
  • Operate and maintain benchtop bioreactors and associated analytic tools
  • Understand and (as necessary) adjust control and data acquisition systems
  • Document results and present them (including implications) to internal teams
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams to resolve complex issues
  • Assist in manufacturing investigations and process troubleshooting
  • Assist on process improvement projects


  • Master's degree in a relevant discipline with at least 3 years of applicable bioprocess experience OR Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline with at least 5 years of applicable bioprocess experience
  • Proficient in aseptic technique is required
  • Proficient in benchtop bioreactor operation and associated analytical tools is required
  • Experience with bench scale cell culture and/or bacterial fermentation is required


  • Experience with control and data acquisition systems
  • Knowledge of all aspects of cell culture/fermentation, including batch, fed-batch, perfusion and harvest/clarification operations
  • Familiarity with DoE and other statistical tools
  • Experience with processing and interpreting large data sets
  • Familiarity with regulatory filings, cGMP requirements and operational constraints

  • Involves typical bioprocessing lab activities ( Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending, ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis )

  • May require some out of hours working to support laboratory work or participation in teleconferences with other global sites.
  • Some travel may be required, but is not expected to be a standard aspect of therole (

Additional Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply: 1/21/21
  • Referral Bonus Eligible
  • #LI-PFE

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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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