Sr. Engineer / Sr. Scientist

Sanford, North Carolina
November 20 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist
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 Senior 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. You will be responsible for the development of process technology for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). From small scale synthesis in support of discovery programs, to the development of the commercial synthetic route, you will partner with manufacturing specialists for API synthesis and provide support for technology transfer to Pfizer manufacturing sites and third party facilities. Your innovative mindset will help us develop economical, efficient and safe active drug materials.

You will be recognized as a technical expert and a scientific contributor. With your deep knowledge of the discipline, you will be an active team member whose decisions impact the project. You will be using your scientific judgment to adapt standard methods and techniques by applying prior work experience. You will be forecasting and planning resource requirements for your project team. Your creativity in developing novel processes and new ideas will be used frequently. You will undertake mentoring activities to guide team members.

It is your innovative scientific temperament that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Regularly contribute and influence at the project team level.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions towards proposing innovative approaches for investigations and next generation processes.
  • Support technology transfer of drug substance/ drug substance intermediate processes to internal Pfizer manufacturing facilities and external suppliers.
  • Serve as the primary Technical Expert for the manufacturing methods, perform scientific laboratory studies, and make recommendations to improve manufacturing reliability, cost, safety, compliance and environmental performance.
  • Remain current with literature and applications of continuous development and manufacture.
  • Select, develop, and apply new and existing process technologies to facilitate process design to achieve project goals.
  • Assist with definition and tracking of documents .
  • Communicate (written and oral) effectively on activities and progress to management and key stakeholders.
  • Take personal responsibility for own work, pushing self and others to exceed goals and deliver results.


  • Bachelor's Degree plus 8+ years of experience
  • Demonstrated experience in interpretation of data to drive experimental plans and ability to utilize electronic tools to document information
  • Technical knowledge and skills in fermentation of biologics achieved through industrial or academic experience in research and development, technical operations, manufacturing, etc.
  • Experience troubleshooting and resolving process issues, diagnosing technical problems, and determining short-term and long-term solutions.
  • Ability to work both independently and in team environments and be able to coordinate multiple technical projects simultaneously in a well-organized fashion.
  • Experience with operating, monitoring and/or control of fermentation processes including Eppendorf and/or Sartorius fermenters
  • Strong initiative and good problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Master's Degree plus 4+ years experience or Doctorate plus 2+ years relevant experience.
  • Experience in recovery optimization a plus
  • Experience with the tools to develop, optimize, characterize and scale up/down process steps

  • Standing, walking, sitting, bending as required
  • Able to lift moderate weight

  • Occasionally work off-shift, overtime, weekends and/or holidays to meet business or customer needs.
  • Occasional domestic and/or international travel
  • Work with potentially hazardous pathogens using appropriate personal protective safety equipment in a properly controlled environment

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply:November 25th, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Assistance

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.

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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