Associate Scientist, Operations, Comparative Medicine

La Jolla, California
February 24 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 part of the Comparative Medicine team, you will learn to provide operational support in a diverse, cross-functional a group of more than 30 members. Under supervision of the Associate Director of Operations, you will triage, troubleshoot, and coordinate activities such as animal husbandry tasks, research technical support, and staff mentoring. You will also provide direct technical support to Research and Development partners by delivering completed projects, experiments, procedures, and studies involving animal models.

It is your hard work along with innovative ideas and focus that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Support research teams by performing technical procedures in the conduct of experiments and protocols and by collecting, recording, and exporting data in the delivery of in-vivo studies.
  • Interact with key in-vivo contacts to understand their needs, engaging people in a flexible and constructive manner.
  • Assist with the scheduling and approving of requests for research technical support.
  • Study oversight - manage day to day operations of assigned research studies conducted within the department.
  • Achieve study objectives and ensure team effectiveness, including defining best practices and developing process advancements.
  • Perform quality control of studies ensuring accuracy and completion of tasks.
  • Set a workplace standard through leading by example, showing mastery of all SOP's, regulatory guidelines and Pfizer policies.
  • Exemplify work-place standards, positive habits, and engaging behaviors toward co-workers.
  • Train and mentor colleagues on the efficient and refined conduct of technical procedures and husbandry services.
  • Contribute to operational excellence - collect metrics showing efficient delivery of technical procedures and husbandry services.
  • Assists in the operational functions of the vivarium, including providing back up/weekend support as well as serving as a contact for supply receiving, inventory, and stocking.
  • Maintains appropriate records in compliance with regulatory and departmental standards, this may include maintaining animal study related records.

May be required to work under one of the following: The United States Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.


Must-Have (required)
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1-2 years of experience with in vivo studies
  • Ability to demonstrate level of technical skills and abilities

Nice-to-Have (preferred)
  • AALAS certification
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical setting

  • Must be able to maintain even temperament when working with animals.
  • Individual must be results oriented, cooperative, and a systematic thinker.
  • Must be able to work in a multi-disciplinary matrix environment and value the importance of teamwork.
  • Must exhibit sound judgment and analytical thinking.


This is an Essential Personnel role:

Essential Personnel are defined as the staff that are required to report to their designated work location, to ensure the operation of essential functions or departments during an emergency, as determined by Pfizer, or when the business has suspended operations. There are some individuals who may be required to perform essential services remotely and those individuals will be identified in advance and notified by their supervisors, but in most cases Essential Personnel are required to be on-site during an emergency or suspension of operations.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: March 5, 2021
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


Sunshine Act

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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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