PCRU Biomarker Assay Scientist

New Haven, Connecticut
February 18 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Biomarker Assay Scientist will be based in New Haven, CT but will support Pfizer clinical trials conducted at the Pfizer Clinical Research Units as well as those conducted at external sites. The job entails the detection and quantification of pharmacodynamic markers in human trial participants. The individual will serve as an expert and full team participant to troubleshoot and provide novel approaches to resolve laboratory-based issues that arise in preparation, conduct, and close-out of bioanalytical studies.

  • Handles, processes, tests, and manages human biospecimens in compliance with GCP and GCLP regulations.
  • Operates, maintains, and qualifies complex laboratory instruments.
  • Applies scientific knowledge and technical expertise to develop specialized biomarker assays, to troubleshoot/optimize routine biomarker assays, and to validate assay performance according to current regulatory requirements.
  • Writes, revises, and reviews laboratory SOPs/WIs, test methods, method validation plans/reports, and bioanalytical study plans/reports.
  • Works with project teams to test biospecimens according to the study plan, all Pfizer policies, and GxP regulations.
  • Meets timelines issued by the study teams for data file reporting and document filing.
  • Documents all laboratory activities in an electronic laboratory notebook application using good documenting procedure.
  • Independently performs data entry, analysis, and review using laboratory information system(s).
  • Manages own time and develops plans for short-term work activities/experiments on own projects.
  • Communicates regularly with the laboratory manager and study monitor to provide project status updates, propose best approach to complex issues, to notify of noncompliance issues, or to help resolve laboratory conflicts.
  • Provides guidance and trains project team members on laboratory tasks.

  • Bachelor's degree in chemical or biological science plus 6 years or Master's degree in chemical or biological science plus 4 years of relevant work experience in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology laboratory setting.
  • Technical expertise in flow cytometry that includes assay design, instrument set-up, and data analysis (FlowJo or FCS Express preferred); Knowledge of other cell-based assay platforms.
  • Deep knowledge of protein detection and quantification techniques with technical expertise in ELISA, MSD, and/or Luminex platforms.
  • Experience handling biospecimens, working at BSL2/BSL2+.
  • Ability to apply basic statistics and to graph large data sets.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial research, GCP and GCLP regulations.
  • Knowledge of clinical biomarker assay validation requirements issued by regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to think critically to manage multiple projects, timelines, and to resolve laboratory issues in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated teamwork by having a positive attitude and an ability to problem solve when faced with a challenge, by adapting to change with a flexible work schedule and a willingness to learn new skills, by communicating frequently and openly to build trust and relationships.
  • Working knowledge of computers, Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Work, Powerpoint, Outlook, Teams), laboratory data handling and data analysis systems.
  • Ability to write scientifically, being thorough yet concise.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexities and recent developments in clinical biomarker research.
  • Work experience with electronic notebook applications, such as IDBS E-WorkBook.
  • Work experience with laboratory information systems, such as HNA Millenium Cerner.
  • Work experience managing large data sets, especially flow cytometry.
  • Experience automating aspects of laboratory data acquisition, data entry and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of CAP, CLIA safety laboratory regulations and clinical safety laboratory testing (Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Immunoassay).

  • Must be able to wear personal protective equipment at all times in the laboratory: long lab coat, safety glasses, disposable gloves, and, currently, a face mask (dust mask or N95 mask dependent on the lab activities assigned).
  • Must be able to perform repetitive lab tasks, such as opening/closing specimen tubes, and pipetting.

  • The nature of clinical lab testing requires a flexible work schedule that includes some evening and weekend hours which are based on project needs.

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