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Scientist, Viral Vaccines (non-PhD)

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Vaccine Research
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
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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.

Pfizer is currently developing COVID-19 and influenza vaccines based on mRNA technology as well as vaccines using other approaches. The individual will work in the next generation of RNA vaccines and other modalities. This is a laboratory-based position in the Viral Vaccines group (Research).

  • Hands-on experience with a range of molecular biology techniques, especially those related to nucleic acids. (PCR, molecular cloning, nucleic acid purification, electrophoresis, Sanger or NGS, etc...)
  • Previous experience working with in-vitro transcribed RNA and well as RNA purification are a must.
  • Experience in standard cell culture as well as primary cell culture techniques under BSL2 conditions including but not limited to transfection, electroporation and generation of reporter cell lines...etc.
  • Analysis of protein expression in cells using western blot, immunofluorescence, and flow cytometry among other techniques.
  • Ability to analyze data, design experiments, interpret data, and present complex concepts to other team members. As part of this role, it is expected that the individual will interact with other members of the Viral Vaccine group as well as with members of other departments.
  • Assist in ordering supplies, preparing reagents, and maintaining a detailed inventory of all existing material.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Stay current on all departmental and corporate training.

  • Degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology, or a related scientific field. MS with 7+ years of research experience, or BS with 9+ years of laboratory research experience.
  • The capacity to work effectively in a team-oriented environment with aggressive timelines and excellence in multitasking.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work assignments.

  • Experience in immunological and virology methods for measuring responses to vaccines and vac-cine efficacy in pre-clinical studies and clinical trials. These include but are not limited to Luminex assays, ELISAs, neutralization assays, and plaque assays.
  • Proficiency in the use of Word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, and relevant scientific software including graphing/statistical analysis tools.
  • Demonstrate curiosity and creative desire to answer scientific questions.
  • Industry experience.

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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