Pfizer

Senior Scientist, Viral Immunoassay Development Lead

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Pearl River, New York
Salary
Competitive
Posted
October 07 2021
Ref
4821065
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Pharma
Job Type
Senior Scientist
ROLE SUMMARY

The High-throughput Clinical Immunoassays & Diagnostics (HCID) group within Pfizer Vaccines R&D is seeking a scientist with a strong background in virology and immunology and an interest in vaccine clinical testing. As a senior member of this group, the incumbent will manage a team in the development and validation of serological assays used for the characterization of vaccine-induced immune responses to viruses. In addition, the team will support phase 3 clinical testing with the validated assays.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Immediate responsibilities include support of the SARS-CoV-2 virus neutralization assay team in a BSL-3 laboratory. The incumbent will function as a technical expert in biofunctional assays (both viral and bacterial). Scope includes providing scientific oversight of the assays starting from assay development and validation, during troubleshooting and data analysis, and throughout clinical testing campaigns.

Additional responsibilities include reviewing clinical data, ensuring critical reagent supply and qualification, and monitoring quality control data for long-term assay performance. Scientific writing will include preparation and review of documents associated with assays, including SOPs, technical reports, and regulatory documents, as needed. The incumbent will ensure business-critical deadlines are met by the group and communicate progress to management and senior leaders. Management of a team of up to 10 direct and indirect reports will include supervisory activities, providing scientific leadership within the assay group, and fostering teamwork, trust, and coaching among group members. Work will be completed following GxP regulatory guidelines as required.

This visible program team role requires the ability to gain alignment across many functional areas in a highly matrixed team environment. In addition, the incumbent is expected to provide immunological and clinical testing expertise to the program team.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • PhD in a scientific discipline such as immunology, virology, microbiology, biochemistry, and/or bacteriology with 0-3 years of experience, or MS with 7+ years of relevant industry experience
  • A strong background in immunology, microbiology, virology, and/or bacteriology
  • Familiarity with or experience working under GxP guidelines, including SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, and good documentation practices
  • Fundamental understanding of statistics and data analysis software
  • 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


PREFERRRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience developing and running cell-based assays assessing antibody functionality (virus titration, virus neutralization or plaque-reduction, hemagglutination inhibition, flow cytometry, and/or bacterial opsonophagocytosis assays)
  • Familiarity with assay qualification and/or validation
  • Experience managing scientists


Other Job Details

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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