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Senior Associate Scientist, Vaccines

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Pearl River, New York
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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

As an 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. You will have the important role to generate high-quality immunoassay data in a regulated Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) setting to support Pfizer's vaccine programs according to Standard Operating Procedures. You will support the technology transfer and integration of new laboratory immunoassays into the cGLP space, support assay validation projects and monitor immunoassay lifecycle. In addition, you will also support throughput activities and provide testing support for clinical and non-clinical research programs.

This position is part of the Clinical & Diagnostic Assay Development (CDAD) department, which its purpose is to develop immunological assays to support vaccine candidate transition from pre-clinical to clinical testing. As part of the biofunctional assay team within CDAD, this role's responsibilities would include, but not limited to, the development, qualification and validation of clinical and in vivo potency assays to evaluate vaccine immunogenicity by testing pre-clinical and clinical serum samples. This position requires keeping current with Pfizer policies for performing research in the laboratory and completing supporting documentation. In addition, the candidate will perform research with biosafety level two pathogens following good aseptic technique. Therefore the position requires some prior experience working in a research laboratory with the ability to follow protocols while documenting experimental procedures.

Your strong foundation in general scientific practice, its principles and concepts will help in meeting critical deadlines. You will be relied on as a technical contributor to assess the assigned tasks and make decisions that involve direct application of your knowledge.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Exercise and build basic team effectiveness skills {e.g., commitment, feedback, consensus management} within the immediate work group.
  • Satisfactorily completes all cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practices) and safety training in conformance with requirements.
  • Perform sample preparation for preclinical and clinical serology in biofunctional assays to support vaccine development and clinical studies.
  • Complete required documentation for laboratory work involving bio-functional assays.
  • Execute qualifications/validations of new instruments and custom methods.
  • Organize assigned work according to established departmental priorities.
  • Interact with external vendors to obtain quotes, and purchase reagents for clinical testing where applicable.
  • Identify and report any experimental problems, proactively troubleshoot causative factors, and implement necessary corrections following discussion with supervisor.
  • Present progress on assay development and sample analysis to colleagues and senior management.
  • Manage manual and robotic sample preparation, use and maintenance of appropriate equipment, and preparation of relevant reagents.
  • Train other analysts on established technologies and manage direct reports.
  • Stay current on all departmental and corporate training.


QUALIFICATIONS

Must-Have
  • BSc in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of experience OR MSc with a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Laboratory experience in microbiology and molecular biology is essential.
  • Experience in aseptic technique.
  • Experience with experimental design and the interpretation of results.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with personal computers, including word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software.


Nice-to-Have
  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture.
  • Drug discovery experience.


PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Sitting, standing, walking, light lifting (
  • Adherence to safe work practices and procedures required.


OTHER JOB DETAILS

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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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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