Senior Scientist- Clinical & Diagnostic Assay Development.

Pearl River, New York
May 10 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist

This position is in the Emerging Technology and Diagnostic Assay group of the Clinical and Diagnostic Assay Development organization within Vaccines Research and Development. The primary function of this group is to evaluate new research technologies and develop serological diagnostic assays. The incumbent will be expected to develop, qualify and transfer diagnostic assays in support of Pfizer's vaccine programs. He/she will be expected to design, execute and document experiments in a cohesive manner that addresses the assigned research objectives in an independent fashion and contribute to the setting of objectives in a team setting. The incumbent is expected to fully interpret and communicate complex experimental data that were generated by adhering to standard operating procedures, as well as procedures based on new principles and technologies. The incumbent is responsible for writing/reviewing technical reports and protocols that describe the test methods, experimental results and/or the operation of laboratory instruments. As an integral member of a dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong work ethic and be highly collaborative. All work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant SOP guidelines and GLP and/or GCLP guidelines, when required.

  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative in performing experiments, analyzing data and drawing conclusions.
  • Routinely designs experimental procedures with minimal supervision.
  • Analyzes experimental data using basic statistical analyses.
  • Summarizes data and communicates results to supervisor and in team meetings.
  • Develops and qualifies assays in support of Pfizer's vaccine programs. Performs assay qualification and validation studies in accordance with ICH guidelines.
  • Tests samples to support assay development, pre-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Characterizes or qualifies critical assay reagents.
  • Writes and reviews technical documents including, but not limited to, test protocols, development reports, test methods, SOPs, qualification reports and experimental summaries.
  • Performs daily, weekly and monthly laboratory activities, such as daily and weekly monitoring of equipment, periodic laboratory cleaning and managing the laboratory waste, checking PMO status of laboratory equipment and reporting discrepancies to management.
  • Maintains all experimental data in laboratory notebooks and reviews data and laboratory notebooks of other analysts.
  • Supervises and manages the research activities of one, or more, junior scientists.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of experimental protocols performed by laboratory associates.
  • Provide technical support and assist in the interpretation of data by junior scientists.
  • Read scientific and technical literature to bring new and improved procedures to the laboratory.
  • Participate in scientific discussion with colleagues through internal journal clubs, as well as informal and formal scientific seminars and meetings.
  • Satisfactorily completes all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements.
  • Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements.

  • PhD degree in biological science, biochemistry or related discipline with 0-3 years relevant experience.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work assignments.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed environment with shared resources and effectively communicate across teams.
  • Ability to design experiments, analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience working in a regulated laboratory environment.
  • Direct hands-on experience in assay development is desired.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to operational excellence.
  • Basic understanding of statistics and various liquid-handling robotic systems.

  • The position has physical requirements of basic office and laboratory work (sitting, standing, and walking).
  • This position also requires the ability to reach inside the hardware environment of various laboratory robotic equipment and lift and transport robotic components to and from the laboratory bench.
  • This position may require occasional weekend work to meet critical timelines.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: May 21,2021
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

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