Senior Associate Scientist, HCID - Neutralization Assay Group

Pearl River, New York
October 16 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

The role of the incumbent is to assist in the execution and oversight of clinical testing of biofunctional assays to monitor the immune responses elicited by Pfizer's vaccine candidates in phase 3 clinical studies. The incumbent will oversee the training and qualification of new analysts, monitor clinical testing progress, and monitor assay performance for viral biofunctional assays within the Neutralization Assay Group within High-throughput Immunoassays and Diagnostics (HCID). 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.


  • Perform biofunctional assays according to standard operating procedures (SOP) to support viral and bacterial programs for phase 3 clinical studies using a robotic liquid handling workstation
  • Execute testing of preclinical and clinical samples to meet program timelines
  • Analyze the data derived from non-clinical assays to support reagent qualifications
  • Update Labware Information Management System (LIMS) and Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programs accordingly to requirement specifications to support the Neutralization Assay Group as needed
  • Train and qualify new analysts according to assay SOP
  • Support in updating and authoring documents including SOP, reagent reports, and test methods
  • Ensure the laboratory equipment are meeting company's compliance guidelines including preventative maintenance and monthly calibrations.
  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory, including ordering/ restocking supplies, updating reagent inventory, and ensuring cleanliness
  • Satisfactorily complete all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements. Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements


  • M.S. with at least 2 years or a B.S with at least 4 years of laboratory experience
  • Laboratory experience in biology, immunology, virology, and/or microbiology
  • Familiarity with a biofunctional assay is a plus
  • Experience handling infectious agents and biological materials safely, including live BSL-2 viruses
  • Robotic and automation experience
  • Experience following GLP guidelines, including adhering to SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, good documentation practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Comfortable using GraphPad Prism
  • Good verbal and written communication skills


The position has physical requirements of basic office and laboratory work (sitting, standing, and walking).

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