Senior Associate Scientist

Pearl River, New York
June 13 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 Senior Associate Scientist, 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. You will be responsible for supporting virus production for all of Pfizer Viral Vaccines Research. You will plan cell culture, virus infections, virus titration and manage the virus inventory. You will coordinate virus sequencing and be involved in the development of all immunoassays related to viral vaccines within Pfizer. Your skills and expertise will ensure that all work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines and Good Lab Practices cGLP and/or (Current) Good Manufacturing Practices (part of GxP) cGMP guidelines.

Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussions and creating an environment of collaboration.

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

How You Will Achieve It

  • Contribute to achievement of immediate work group goals and collaborate with other team members.
  • Satisfactorily complete all cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practices) and safety training in conformance with requirements.
  • Perform cell culture and virus infections in support of viral vaccine development and clinical studies.
  • Manage the disbursement of virus to all groups withing Pfizer Vaccines Research and Development
  • Coordinate the sequencing and characterization of all viruses produced.
  • Collaborate with other groups within Pfizer to develop and execute immunological assays
  • Complete required documentation for laboratory work involving bio-functional assays.
  • Organize assigned work according to established departmental priorities.
  • Interact with external vendors to obtain quotes, and purchase reagents for clinical testing where applicable.
  • Identify and report any experimental problems, proactively troubleshoot causative factors, and implement necessary corrections following discussion with supervisor.
  • Train other analysts on established technologies and manage direct reports.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3+ years of experience in cell culture, virus propagation and cell based assays.
  • Ability to use appropriate software to perform analysis of data
  • Basic laboratory skills in the area of cell culture, ELISA, ELISPOT, virus neutralization assays, biochemical assays and tissue processing
  • Experience with experimental design and the interpretation of results
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with personal computers, including word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software


  • Next Generation Sequencing (Illumina, Ion Torrent)
  • Luminex, Flow cytometry

Other Job Details:
  • Eligible for employee referral programs: YES
  • Eligible for relocation support: YES


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