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Scientist, Cell Culture Operations (Non-PhD)

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Aug 17, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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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 a 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 be part of the Cell Culture Team (CCT) in High-throughput Clinical Immunoassays and Diagnostics (HCID) to provide high-quality cultured eukaryotic cells to various laboratories within Pfizer Vaccines Research and Development (VRD) to support the research and development of our extensive vaccines pipeline.

With your deep knowledge in the discipline, you will be an active team member who influences at the project team level. You will be using your scientific judgment to adapt standard methods and techniques by applying prior work experience and consulting others. Your ability to plan will help in preparing short-term work activities on projects. You will undertake mentoring activities to guide your team members.

It is your innovative scientific temperament that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

Position Responsibilities

  • Independently perform all aspects of tissue culture work to support clinical and development studies and assists in the generation and collection of data to support vaccine clinical trials.
  • Independently perform experiments for improvement, qualification, and QC of cell lines supporting early phase vaccine research programs. Assist Assay Development personnel in these endeavors as directed by the supervisor.
  • Act as a liaison with research groups to coordinate delivery of cells and ensure the needs of the research team are addressed. Provide scientific and organizational leadership through strong interpersonal skills.
  • Update, write and review documentation associated with cell and vaccine process development and tissue culture, including data generation and collection for Qualification Documents, information/data archiving, data review, SOP writing/review and status report writing/review to the supervisor.
  • Present experimental results at group meetings and project meetings. Write monthly progress report if applicable.
  • Material Management: Order supplies from internal inventory and manage maintain an inventory of reagents/supplies necessary for cell and/or immunoassays.
  • Utilize all appropriate experimental design methods and SOPs needed for work in area of specialization.
  • Present experimental results at group meetings and project meetings. Write monthly progress report if applicable.
  • Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements. Satisfactorily completes all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements.
  • Read and summarize scientific and technical literature in order to bring new and improved procedures to the laboratory, and to broaden understanding of disciplines outside area of training.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree with 6 years relevant experience, or a Master's degree (immunology, virology, or microbiology) plus 4 years relevant research experience.
  • A strong background in immunology, cell biology, microbiology, and virology, is essential.
  • At least 4 years of relevant academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology laboratory experience is necessary.
  • The capacity to work effectively in a significant research program with aggressive time-constrained milestones.
  • Proficiency in the use of word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is desirable.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills are required.

  • Experience with flow cytometry/FACS


Work primarily performed in the laboratory and at individual's desk using a computer. Lifting not more than 8-10 pounds required. Walking to various laboratories/biosuites. This position requires the ability to stand and reach inside the hardware environment of various laboratory robotic equipment, and lift and transport robotic components to and from the laboratory bench. This position may require occasional weekend work to meet critical timelines.


This position requires occasional weekend work to meet critical timelines.

Relocation support available

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

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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