Senior Associate Scientist - Sample Management

Pearl River, New York
November 23 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff 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 Associate 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. Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. Your skill and knowledge will help in making decisions that require choosing among limited options. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussions and creating an environment of collaboration. It is your innovative scientific temperament that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

This is a sample management position within the Vaccine Research and Development - Analytical development group. The candidate will provide sample management support for a range of moieties such as mRNA, proteins, polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, covering development samples, drug substances and drug products to support sample testing .

How You Will Achieve It

  • Contribute to achievement of immediate work group goals and collaborate with other team members.
  • Maintain a contemporary awareness of Global Business Practices, methods, specifications, Standard Operating Procedures, Pharmacopoeial trends, International Conference on Harmonization guidelines and regulatory expectations.
  • Work closely with analytical experts and biologics formulators to generate quality data which can be used in support of regulatory documentation of new drug applications.
  • Assist in the maintenance and renewal of laboratory instruments, systems or apparatus, and in the maintenance and continuous improvement of safe and effective working practices.
  • Independently carry out all aspects of practical work necessary to provide right first time results.
  • Attend project team and brainstorming meetings and present data.
  • Maintain written records of all experimental work in accordance with departmental Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for performing and troubleshooting cell-based and immunoassays
  • Complete professional level cellular and molecular biological assignments independently in support of programs, and investigations with minimal supervision
  • The core responsibilities include managing a wide range of incoming sample types for testing, logging samples into LIMS, aliquoting and distributing samples for testing, maintaining sample management databases and inventories as well as ensuring proper storage of materials, and issuing appropriate documentation such as certificates of characterization .
  • Using excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills to perform sample management and managing timelines and expectations in a cross-functional manner.
  • Understanding sample testing requirements for different types of biological molecules and their corresponding programs and stages, working with customers to clarify testing requests and analytical leads to clarify testing strategy to provide high quality results in a short turn-around time.
  • Utilizing LIMS to support sample logging, accurately tracking testing status, and suggesting new processes to improve speed and workflow where possible.
  • Locking and updating sample submission forms.
  • Supporting sample aliquoting and distribution for testing.
  • Assisting with authoring, reviewing and tracking all relevant documents (COCs and stability reports).



  • BS or equivalent degree in biology or biochemistry required. MS or equivalent degree preferred. Minimum 1-2 years of work experience required.
  • Working knowledge of common molecular biological techniques such as PCR, ELISA, various gel and antibody-based assays
  • Experience handling a wide range of biological molecules like DNA, RNA and proteins
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills is essential.
  • Familiarity with LIMS.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.


  • Understanding of various scientific software or software used in pharmaceutical or production environment
  • Good Laboratory Practices (part of GxP)/Good Manufacturing Practices (also cGMP) knowledge
  • Desire to develop their own technical skill set is essential


Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


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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