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Postdoctoral Fellow Microbial Genetics

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Closing date
Aug 17, 2022

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Life Sciences, Genetics
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development are 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

In this position, you will help discover and develop microorganisms with novel biotransformation activity. This includes screening strains for new chemical activity and identifying genes coding for the enzymes of interest. You will also help develop strain engineering tools to accelerate the discovery and development of production-ready strains.

How You Will Achieve It

Your support will help lay the groundwork for new and transformative pharmaceutical bioprocesses making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.
  • Design and execute experiments, analyze results, and report conclusions
  • Demonstrate proof-of-concept for novel approaches and develop scalable solutions
  • Optimize workflows for stability, robustness, and performance
  • Conduct clear and concise communication with colleagues and supervisors through oral updates, detailed records, written reports, and technical meetings


  • A Ph.D. in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related field with 0-2 years of experience
  • At least one first-author publication
  • Experience in DNA assembly and genome engineering methods
  • Experience with a high-throughput screening of strains/enzymes
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with bioinformatic and data analysis tools
  • Organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with PCR-based or NGS-based assays
  • Experience analyzing large data sets

  • This Postdoctoral Fellow role is a fixed, 2 year term.
  • Eligible for Relocation Assistance
  • Must Have Work Authorization in US

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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