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R&D Technician II

Lake Forest, Illinois
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Full Time
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Research Scientist, Technician
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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 R&D Technician is responsible for intermediate activities related to the Development Services Glass Washing Operation, material handling, Hazmat and dangerous Goods coordination with transport and manifest review of liquid / solid lab hazardous/flammable waste (including disposal of controlled substances), and sample routing, pallet workflow management. Work is performed in full conformance with Pfizer Guidelines, Good Laboratory Practices and in compliance with GXP requirements as necessitated by the work. Other duties may include support of filling, commodity preparation, as work order needs dictate.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Manage own time, professional development, and accountable for own results.
  • Prioritize own workflow and assist in prioritizing the work flow of less-experienced colleagues.
  • Pickup, delivery, manual loading / unloading and automated washing of laboratory glassware.
  • Routing of pharmaceutical test samples to various test locations / labs in the H3 Facility.
  • Participate in functions involving teams which develop products, increase efficiency, solve problems, generate cost savings and improve quality.
  • Transport of hazardous/flammable laboratory chemical waste containers to the H3 Hazardous Waste Accumulation Room.
  • Works with Researchers, Sr. Staff and Manager for Ordering API and Materials, Specialty Gas Cylinders for Work Order Requests and other materials as needed for Work Order Support.
  • Ensures and as needed performs Safety Inspections of the H3 MAA - Main Accumulation Area and GxP Inspections of Development Services shared storage spaces.
  • Compare laboratory results with specifications for acceptability.
  • Follow procedures at all times, adopting {Current} Good Manufacturing Practices {part of GxP} and cGDP practices.
  • Consistently adhere to company, site, and laboratory safety rules and immediately raises any safety issues with supervision as soon as they are identified.
  • Qualification of new lab equipment per defined protocol requirements.
  • Backup HAZMAT Coordinator; oversees pour offs, lab packs of H3 hazardous waste by third party approved hazardous waste handler, review / approval and tracking of waste manifests to ensure regulations requirements are met. Performs periodic review / approval of waste profiles. Serves as lead on internal and external audits in areas of responsibility.
  • Backup for review of SDS's, Requirements for proper domestic and international shipment of Dangerous Goods. International shipments also require review for proper documentation of commercial invoices and associated proper labeling of packaging to meet regulatory requirements.



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 4+ years of experience
  • Certification in assigned area, CDA - Controlled Drug Agent, Haz-Mat, IATA, RCRA
  • Use of applications such as MS Word and MS Excel
  • Demonstrated aptitude for custom electronic systems eLN, EBR Electronic Batch Record
  • Ordering of lab supplies for the operation, working with our manufacturing sites and/or Ariba or external suppliers.
  • Demonstrated analytical laboratory experience in a Good Manufacturing Practices {also cGMP} regulated environment
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot equipment issues and resolve operating problems with replacement of critical spare parts on hand.
  • Ability to proficiently enter computerized data
  • Ability to work with simple to complex laboratory equipment
  • Handles multiple tasks concurrently and in a timely fashion
  • Self-motivated and work with minimal direction


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computerized systems (Experience and use of Laboratory Information Management System)


Employee must be able to lift up to 25 lbs frequently and 50 lbs infrequently. The incumbent must be able to reach up, down and sideways in order to pick-up, drop-off, unload, packing work order samples and other API / materials for shipment. and sit / stand for 1-2 hours daily work, and operating a computer keyboard and viewing a computer monitor.


This is a first shift operation. Travel may be required to maintain certifications Haz-Mat, IATA, RCRA One to two times a year.


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

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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