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Senior Associate Scientist - Clinical Testing & Diagnostics, Vaccine R&D

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Aug 25, 2022
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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

The Senior Associate Scientist will focus on high-throughput clinical immunoassays & diagnostics, primarily assisting in the development and qualification of biofunctional assays to monitor the immune responses elicited by Pfizer's vaccine candidates in phase 2/3 clinical studies. The Senior Associate Scientist will be responsible for performing clinical testing in the Neutralization Assay Group, primarily for the Toxin Neutralization Assay (TNA).

How You Will Achieve It
  • Perform biofunctional assays according to standard operating procedures (SOP) to support the TNA during phase 2 and 3 clinical studies using a robotic liquid handling workstation
  • Execute testing of preclinical and clinical samples to meet program timelines
  • Analyze the data derived from non-clinical assays to support reagent qualifications
  • Update Labware Information Management System (LIMS) and Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programs accordingly to requirement specifications to support TNA program as needed
  • Train and qualify new analysts on different portions of the assay
  • Support in updating and authoring documents including SOP, reagent reports, and data review
  • Ensure the laboratory equipment are meeting company's compliance guidelines including preventative maintenance and monthly calibrations.
  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory, including ordering/ restocking supplies, updating reagent inventory, and ensuring cleanliness
  • Satisfactorily complete all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements. Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements


  • B.S with at least 3+ years of laboratory experience; M.S degree preferred and 0-3 years of laboratory experience
  • Laboratory experience in biology, immunology, virology, and/or microbiology
  • Experience handling infectious agents and biological materials safely, including C difficile toxins
  • Experience following GLP guidelines, including adhering to SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, good documentation practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Comfortable using GraphPad Prism and JMP
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills

  • Familiarity with a biofunctional assays
  • Previous robotic and automation experience preferred

  • Work is primarily performed at the laboratory bench or at an office desk using a computer. The job involves lifting loads, generally not more than 20 pounds.

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

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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