Senior Scientist, Neutralization Assay Group

Pearl River, New York
September 25 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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Senior Scientist
The High-throughput Clinical Immunoassays & Diagnostics (HCID) group within Pfizer Vaccines R&D is seeking a biologist with experience in the development of neutralization assays for a Senior Scientist role in the Neutralization Assay Group. The individual will be responsible primarily for the Phase 3 clinical testing for viral neutralization assays and/or biofunctional assays within the group. The candidate will function as a senior member of the Neutralization Assay Group and manage a small team. As an integral member of this dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong work ethic and be highly collaborative with the other group members. All work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant SOP guidelines and GLP and/or GCLP guidelines, when required. The individual will author and review documentation to support the group, reagent qualification reports, and prepare internal and external presentations. The incumbent will ensure business-critical deadlines are met and communicate progress to senior leaders. The responsibilities also include reviewing clinical data and quality control data to monitor assay performance. The incumbent will be part of a dynamic team and should possess a strong work ethic and collaborative spirit. Collaborations across multidisciplinary teams that include Clinical & Diagnostic Assay Development, Cell Culture Team, Automation Group, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Research Informatics, and Statistics, as well as appropriate partner lines.
  • Manage clinical testing for a viral neutralization assay, including scheduling assays, managing the training of entry level scientists, and managing strategy for the execution of clinical testing to meet program timelines
  • Write and review reports supporting the life cycle of the assay, including assay test methods, reagent qualifications, and other supportive documentation including data archiving
  • Assist in the preparation and qualification of new reagents
  • Oversee the review of clinical data packages
  • Oversee the maintenance of the laboratory, including ordering/ restocking supplies, updating reagent inventory, and ensuring cleanliness
  • Perform experiments related to the development and optimization of biofunctional assays
  • Provide scientific input on experimental design and data analysis
  • Supervise activities of direct reports, provide scientific leadership within the neutralization assay group, and foster teamwork, trust, and coaching among group members
  • Provide scientific strategy, analyze experimental data, draw conclusions, and propose future research plans
  • Communicate experimental results at team meetings with group members and senior management
  • Stay current on scientific and technical literature and attend relevant scientific meetings to apply new technologies and/or scientific principles
  • Apply GCLP guidelines to assay development and sample analysis
  • Participate and organize cross-functional team meetings

  • PhD with 0-4 years of relevant experience in industry; or a MS with 7+ years of relevant industry experience; or a BS with 9+ years of relevant industry experience
  • A strong background in immunology, microbiology, virology, and/or bacteriology is essential.
  • Familiarity with assay qualification/validation and system suitability/acceptance criteria
  • Experience working in high-throughput testing laboratories operating under GLP guidelines, including SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, and good documentation practices
  • Demonstrated leadership ability through project management and mentoring
  • Proven delivery of objectives in a complex matrix environment
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, changing environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical software including GraphPad Prism


The position has physical requirements of basic office and laboratory work (sitting, standing, and walking). The mental requirements include the ability to analyze data and design experiments; to present complex concepts to colleagues.

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  • Eligible for relocation support: YES


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