Scientist, Process Development

Sanford, North Carolina
September 10 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 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. Your main area of focus will be performing laboratory and pilot-scale process characterization and process optimization studies. Utilizing a high level of technical expertise, you will be responsible for moderate to highly complex projects related to the development or application of state-of-the-art processes, equipment, control schemes, process optimization, qualification of alternate raw materials and components, or transfer of production from development or between commercial sites. Work may include projects and tasks in any or all of the following stages: scope definition, feasibility studies, lab/pilot scale modeling, simulation, cost/benefit analyses, design, specification development, project planning, implementation, and post-implementation monitoring and follow-up. The incumbent may contribute on cross-functional projects and teams with periodic involvement and coaching from their supervisor. Projects must achieve business, quality, and compliance objectives, and must be executed in a manner that assures full compliance with government regulations and internal company standards and values.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Contribute to achievement of goals and influence at the work group/project team level.
  • Contribute and/or lead troubleshooting and investigation of process issues with existing commercial vaccine manufacturing processes to support project teams, manufacturing sites and global technical groups.
  • Coordinate and support tech transfer activities by drafting protocols, reviewing data, and writing reports.
  • Plan and execute laboratory studies, make detailed observations, analyze and interpret data.
  • Prepare technical reports and make oral presentations to scientists and management.
  • Work with potentially hazardous chemicals using appropriate personal protective safety equipment in a properly controlled environment.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, or other related biotechnology discipline with 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Practical experience with protein and carbohydrate chemistry
  • Technical knowledge and skills in purification of biologics achieved through industrial or academic experience in research and development, technical operations, manufacturing, etc.
  • Organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently or in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in supporting scale-up and technology transfer to pilot or commercial scale facilities
  • Experience in a research laboratory setting, a strong background of traditional bioprocessing, and/or a working knowledge of cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices)/statistical methods

  • Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Ph.D. degree and 0+ years of relevant experience
  • Hands-on experience in bioconjugation chemistry, normal flow filtration, and tangential flow filtration of proteins and/or polysaccharides is strongly preferred.


The incumbent will at times be expected to spend at least 75% of their time in a laboratory environment standing, walking, or sitting at the laboratory bench.

Minimal lifting is required.


Weekend work and travel requirements are minimal; however in order to complete reactions and purifications in the required timeframes it may be necessary to work flexible hours (after 5:30 p.m. or prior to 8:00 a.m.) up to several days per month.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: September 15th, 2021
  • Referral Bonus Eligible

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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