Principal Scientist, Vaccine Analytical Development

Pearl River, New York
January 22 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

This position is within Vaccine Research and Development - Analytical Development group. The candidate is expected to provide strong hands-on technical leadership, guidance and day-to-day supervision to a group of colleagues responsible for analytical support of early phase vaccine programs (including RNA-, protein-, and polysaccharide conjugate-based vaccines) . In addition, the candidate will be responsible for the development of analytical methods for vaccine candidates, method qualification, assay transfer and in-process support. The candidate will contribute to the development of assay control strategies and resource prioritization.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Manage a group of scientists within Vaccine Research and Development - Analytical Development whose focus is on analytical assay development and analysis of various antigens used in vaccines under development.
  • Independently design and execute analytical assays (30-40% time on the bench) and/or direct assigned staff in development, qualification and transfer of assays for testing/characterization of vaccine samples. Primary methodologies include separation-based techniques such as HPLC and capillary electrophoresis.
  • Collaborate as necessary with appropriate colleagues and leaders within Vaccines and across other departments to understand the nature and approaches of the assays to be developed, qualified and transferred.
  • Plan and coordinate assigned resources to ensure the timely execution of sample analysis to support vaccine development, as well as the release, stability and characterization testing of vaccine candidates for pre-clinical development.
  • Supervise assigned staff including setting objectives, performance management, and work assignments. Manage and assist reporting scientists in the prioritization of their work to ensure timelines are met.
  • Closely work with management to define long term strategies for the group. Represent the Analytical and Formulation Development group in relevant project team meetings within Vaccine Research and Development.
  • Establish and utilize new technologies, where required, to enhance our characterization toolbox and understanding about the vaccines being developed.
  • Author and review technical documents including laboratory methods and reports.
  • Contribute and participate in general laboratory maintenance activities (such as maintenance of equipment, managing laboratory waste).



  • PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related discipline with at least 8 years of academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology experience or an MS plus 10 years of related work experience
  • Proficiency and ability to develop analytical and bioanalytical assays for characterization of biomolecules using a range of analytical and bioassay techniques as well as sound understanding of ICH guidelines
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication as well as excellent documentation skills
  • Standard laboratory conditions - sitting, standing, primarily lab based
  • 40 hours per week


Relocation support available

  • Last Date to Apply:January 22,2020
  • Eligible for Relocation Package
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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