Pfizer

Senior Scientist, Viral Vaccines

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Pearl River, New York
Salary
Competitive
Posted
November 23 2021
Ref
4825162
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Pharma
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

The Viral Vaccines group is seeking an experienced immunologist/virologist to support research and development of protein and RNA-based viral vaccines. The successful applicant will play a fundamental role in developing and implementing immunological and virological techniques for monitoring the immune responses elicited by candidate vaccines. The applicant will also contribute to virus rescue using a reverse genetic system. The incumbent should possess a strong scientific curiosity and rigor and a strong background in immunology and RNA virus research. The incumbent will be part of a dynamic team and should possess a strong work ethic and collaborative spirit.

The incumbent will work closely with the group leader, project teams, supporting lines and subteam members to drive the design and execution of in vitro studies, and take a "hands on" role to support laboratory activities.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Combine expertise in immunology and virology to d evelop, conduct and implement immunological assays such as cell culture, infectivity assay, hemagglutination inhibition assays, neutralization assays, ELISAs and Luminex assay.
  • Perform RT-qPCR, western blot, immunofluorescence assay to evaluate vaccine candidates, and investigate/understand the mechanism for next generation RNA vaccine candidates.
  • Generate DNA construct for virus rescue. Develop and optimize protocol for recombinant virus rescuing with a reverse genetic system. Characterize viral stock.
  • Mentor junior scientists' activities and provide technical guidance when necessary. Maintain high technical quality and initiate problem solving for all technical issues related to the area of expertise. Incumbent will analyze experimental data, draw conclusions, and propose future research plans.
  • Coordinate and communicate experimental results in a timely manner. Present experimental results at appropriate meetings with group members and senior management. Write progress reports and provide concise summaries of project status to team members and group leader.
  • Keep current on scientific and technical literature and attend relevant scientific meetings in order to apply new technologies and/or scientific principles.
  • The incumbent must be able to accommodate multiple projects or tasks, and work efficiently on assigned research projects.
  • Satisfactorily complete all safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements. Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements.


Qualifications

Must-Have

  • A Ph.D. and 0 - 3 years postdoctoral experience or a BS/MS with 10+ years of relevant experience in industrial or academic setting is necessary.
  • A strong background in immunology and virology is essential.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented.


Nice-to-Have

  • Extensive experience in immunology and virology research or related fields, and a desire to continue in a laboratory-focused role.
  • Proficiency with personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software.
  • Industry experience and hands-on immunological method development.


OTHER JOB DETAILS

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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