Scientist, Viral Vaccines (Non-PhD)

Pearl River, New York
June 14 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.


Pfizer is currently developing COVID-19 and influenza vaccines based on mRNA technology as well as vaccines using other approaches.

The individual will work in the next generation of RNA vaccines and other modalities. This is a laboratory-based position in the Viral Vaccines group (Research).

  • Carry out laboratory experimentation specific to the monitoring of humoral and/or cellular immune responses to various candidate vaccine antigens and phenotypic/genotypic characterization. Performs assays relevant to the development of immunological and virology methods for measuring responses to vaccines and vaccine efficacy in pre-clinical studies and clinical trials. These include Luminex assay, ELISAs, neutralization assays, plaque assays among others.
  • Interpret and summarize experimental data.
  • Generate, characterize and qualify reagents used to perform necessary assays.
  • Molecular biology experience including cloning, sequencing analysis, DNA/RNA isolation, In vitro transcription, RT-qPCR, RNA manipulation highly desirable.
  • Experience in standard cell culture techniques under BSL2 conditions including transfection, electroporation...etc.
  • Analysis of protein expression in cells using western blot and immunofluorescence among other techniques. As part of this role, it is expected that the individual will interact with other members of the Viral Vaccine group as well as with members of other departments.

  • Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology, or a related scientific field. MS with 4+ years of research experience, or BS with 6+ years of laboratory research experience. Industry experience preferred.
  • Previous knowledge and experience setting up and running Luminex assay is a plus.

  • Familiarity with software tools for analyzing data
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and relevant scientific software, including graphing/statistical analysis tools is expected.
  • Ability to work well in sight of aggressive timelines and excellence in multitasking.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented individual capable of keeping laboratory inventories up to date.
  • Demonstrate curiosity and creative desire to answer scientific questions

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