Senior Associate Scientist, Analytical R&D

Lake Forest, Illinois
July 28 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Senior Associate Scientist in the Analytical Development team works with their project team and leadership to perform various analytical assignments to help advance the development of the drug product pipeline for Pfizer's Parenteral Center of Excellence (PCOE). The role independently troubleshoots key analytical methods and instrumentation. The Senior Associate Scientist works with the team to design and execute experiments that lead to a fundamental understanding of stability characteristics as a function of the designated drug delivery system. They make routine use of scientific literature and regulatory guidelines/compendia. The individual also has a strong understanding of GMP fundamentals and a good understanding of the disciplines beyond chemistry and pharmaceutics that play into drug development, including regulatory, intellectual property, etc.
  • Has knowledge of multiple analytical techniques and instrumentation and plans analytical experiments and activities to meet established project goals and timelines.
  • Supports key initiatives to help advance the business, including enhancement of digital capabilities within the drug development process.
  • Supports development of analytical methods or techniques.
  • Performs method qualification, verification and/or validation activities.
  • Responsible for producing protocols and reports for analytical method development, development/ICH stability, or other scientific studies needed for drug product development.
  • Authors/reviews/approves various documentation to support drug product development, including SOPs, specifications, etc.
  • Interacts with peers outside of the department in a multi-faceted team approach to drug development.
  • Makes routine use of scientific literature. Has a good understanding of the disciplines beyond chemistry and pharmaceutics that also play into drug development including IP protection, regulatory strategy, process technology, etc.
  • Represents the team/department at internal and external meetings, where applicable.
  • Supports, and in some cases, leads analytical testing for drug product projects from concept through commercialization.
  • Supports, and in some cases, leads method transfers to internal and external testing labs.
  • Works directly with parties beyond Parenteral Center of Excellence (PCOE) including but not limited to 3rd party analytical labs, CMOs, and involvement with other divisions of Pfizer.

  • M.S. in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field with 0-2 years of relevant experience OR BS in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field with 2-4 years of relevant experience.
  • Written and oral communication skills and the use of MS Office (Word, Excel) are required.
  • Proficiency in advanced digital tools and technology.

  • cGMP laboratory experience is highly preferred
  • Analytical experience with complex sterile injectable drug products including peptides, liposomes, emulsions, suspensions, solutions, and/or lyophilized drug products is desirable.

  • This position involves frequent work within an analytical testing lab, in the presence of chemicals, with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Work frequently within a potent compound analytical laboratory - using isolator or other safety technology.

  • Expected travel 5% or less.
  • May need to work off-hours (nights and weekends) to accommodate experiments to support critical project deliverables and milestones.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: August 11, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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