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Senior Associate Scientist, Global Clinical Pathology

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Pathology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
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 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.


This position will reside within the Groton Clinical Pathology laboratory, a section of Global Pathology within Drug Safety Research and Development. The candidate will contribute to the DSRD Clinical Pathology group to enable effectiveness across the DSRD Global Pathology organization. The role will provide laboratory support for the Clinical Pathology laboratory including routine Clinical Pathology and investigative biomarker support to support both efficacy and safety evaluation of drug candidates for discovery, pre-clinical, and clinical studies. Routine clinical pathology analysis involves hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, immunoassay and urinalysis.

The major duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
  • The candidate is responsible for generation of hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, immunoassay, and novel assay development data in support of both safety and efficacy assessment of pharmaceutical drug candidates in compliance with GLP/GCLP regulatory standards as applicable within a Clinical Pathology laboratory.
  • Other responsibilities of the candidate will include ensuring the generation of the highest quality of Clinical Pathology raw data, contributing to methodology development for new biomarkers, contributing to technology development, author technical documents such as validation plans and summaries, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), User Guides where appropriate.
  • Exposure to new methods development such as flow cytometry and plate base assays is possible based upon individual experience and knowledge.
  • Experience with a laboratory informatics data collection system is required.
  • Candidate may develop/validate new methodologies or applications, process and evaluate data from samples for multi-site studies, evaluate data including study samples and quality control samples, participates in routine equipment maintenance and instrument and/or assay troubleshooting, provides data collation, summarization, QC evaluation, and archiving as required.
  • The candidate contributes to biomarker assay validation, including planning, data collection, interpretation, and document authorship to support GLP and non-GLP multispecies safety studies.
  • The candidate assures that laboratory activities meet quality standards such as Pfizer policies, SOPs, Environmental Health and Safety and departmental guidelines.

  • B.S. /B.A. in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science or related science related field with 2-5 years of experience within a Clinical Pathology laboratory in a hospital or diagnostic company, pharmaceutical company, or CRO; with knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices, data collection laboratory informatics systems, and data processing applications
  • Candidate assures that Clinical Pathology laboratory activities meet quality standards such as Pfizer policies, Standard Operating Procedures, Environmental Health and Safety and departmental guidelines
  • Candidate has the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, delivering high quality of Clinical Pathology data meeting all established timelines.
  • Well organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, and has the ability to work and effectively communicate within a team environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to multitask, and highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with proven record of independent analytical thinking and collaboration, ability to relish change, energize others and are passionate about work and have experience with Cerner laboratory information system and laboratory based workflows.
  • Thorough understanding of the processes associated with pre-clinical and clinical study coordination and data management
  • Knowledge of multiple scientific disciplines that allow the collaboration with other sections such as Immunotoxicology, general toxicology, safety pharmacology, investigative toxicology or other disciplines
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, maintaining a high quality of data and timely delivery of results


The position requires performing a range of laboratory work and therefore the colleagues must be able to wear appropriate PPE and physically perform the technical procedures required. Standing, sitting, lifting up to 40lbs (on occasion), pipetting and other general lab tasks as required by the position are required.


Travel to Global US sites or meetings as required.

Work Location Assignment: On Premise


Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.


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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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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