Associate Technician - Chemical Technology

Groton, Connecticut
September 21 2021
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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 part of technical operations, you will be a team member who is relied to have a good understanding of procedures, techniques, tools, materials and equipment. Your decision making will help you prioritize workflows based on the available resources. You will follow standard procedures to complete tasks, some of which may vary in scope, sequence, complexity and timing. You will contribute to the team's success by sharing your previously acquired knowledge.

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


We are seeking a Technician in the Chemical Technology - Small Scale Hydrogenation (SSH) and High Throughput Screening (HTS) groups as a laboratory-based experimentalist in Groton, CT. Part of Chemical Research and Development, the Chemical Technology group is responsible for the rapid screening of chemical reactions. The SSH lab specializes in developing and optimizing hydrogenation reactions as well as other gas-reagent or high pressure reactions. Experimentalists in SSH engage in many facets of development from early screening efforts to large scale engineering assessments and flow hydrogenation reactions. The HTS labs specialize in high throughput experimentation for ambient pressure reactions, solubility measurements and solid form characterization. Experimentalists in HTS engage in small scale screening efforts to generate data needed to guide process development.

The successful candidate will generate experimental data in the laboratory in partnership with the team. They will perform a variety of tasks necessary for the development and evaluation of chemical reactions. They will partner with chemists, analysts, and engineers from across Pfizer R&D to perform existing reaction screening and improve workflows.


  • Proper handling of chemicals commonly used in organic chemistry labs and high pressure gas reactions (pyrophoric catalysts, acids, bases, solvents, reactive gases)
  • Execute experiment designs provided by scientists semi-independently.
  • Operate, maintain and clean equipment designed for operation of high-pressure gas reactions (Cat 96, Endeavor, PPR/PHS, FlexyALR and RC1 reactors).
  • Operate, maintain and clean equipment designed for high throughput screening (Unchained Junior, Mettler Chronect, Sirius Microtasker)
  • Actively maintain inventory levels of laboratory supplies, chemicals, and solvents to ensure continuous process workflows.
  • Document conditions and amounts used during experiment executions within electronic lab notebook (eLN).
  • Troubleshoot various issues that arise when using common lab equipment including the lab hydrogen supply system.
  • Provide expertise and knowledge to improve workflow efficiency.
  • Maintain general understanding of lab safety associated with handling of pyrophoric catalysts, peroxide forming chemicals and hazardous or flammable gases.
  • Mastery of software associated with programing and operating laboratory equipment.
  • Ensures work areas are kept clean and orderly.


  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent with additional field related education preferably (see nice-to-have qualifications) and 0-2 years experience OR 1-3 years of experience in chemistry laboratory roles or API Manufacturing operations with some experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain an accurate scientific notebook.
  • Familiarity with modern analytical tools and techniques.

  • Field related education such as Chemical or Process Technology Certificate, or an A.S. in Chemistry or related scientific field.
  • Proficiency using various computer applications including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, ChemDraw, and Library Studio.

  • The position requires an ability to work in a laboratory environment performing experiments in a laboratory fume hood, and to set up samples for data analysis.

  • A standard day shift operation totaling approximately 40 hours per week is expected for this role, although some second shift or weekend coverage may be required at times as warranted by business need.

  • Last Date to Apply: October 4th, 2021.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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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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