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Fermentation Scientist

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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Why Patients Need You

Our breakthroughs would not make it to the hands of patients without our pharmaceutical manufacturing team. We rely on a team of dedicated and agile members, who understand the importance and impact of their role in Pfizer's mission. Patients need colleagues like you who take pride in their work and always look to improve outcomes. You will help to ensure that patients and physicians have the medicines they need, when they need them.

What You Will Achieve

The position is accountable for developing and delivering fermentation and chemical engineering process technology in support of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing at Pfizer's Kalamazoo (Michigan) plant. This position will focus on fermentation development and scale up, including production troubleshooting, support, and improvement. The incumbent will serve as a technical source for fermentation processing, will support laboratory/pilot plant studies, and may support the introduction of new processes into the facility. The incumbent will work closely with both the fermentation and isolation plants to review procedures, evaluate process performance, solve production problems, and provide technical knowledge and expertise for other support functions.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Work effectively in a fast-paced, customer-oriented, laboratory and pilot plant environment to deliver process technology in support of commercial fermentation and downstream operations.
  • Improve and/or support robust commercial fermentation processes to make API and intermediates.
  • Work under general supervision following established procedures, participate in setting project objectives, and recommend actions within experimental programs.
  • Interact with pilot plant personnel (e.g. supervisors, operators) to design and successfully complete pilot scale fermentations in conjunction with process improvement and production support.
  • Maintain laboratory area and equipment in clean, safe, functional order.



  • BS or MS degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, or Microbiology
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a research laboratory setting or manufacturing environment (preferred Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry)
  • Preference is given to applicants with a strong background of traditional bioprocessing (fermentation, bioconversion, downstream purification, etc.), and/or a working knowledge of cGMP/statistical methods


This position involves working in a laboratory/production environment, which may include standing for long periods of time and working with a variety of chemical/biological materials. A strong foundation in bioprocessing is essential for this job.


Schedule is 1st shift. The position may require colleagues to work off-hours, weekends, and/or holidays as needed to meet business or customer needs.

Other Job Details
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: July 29, 2022
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: YES

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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