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Scientist, Analytical R&D, Lab Automation

United States - Missouri - St. Louis - Chesterfield
Closing date
Sep 29, 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

As a Lab Automation 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 recognized as a technical expert and a scientific contributor. With your deep knowledge of the lab automation practices, you will be an active team member whose decisions impact projects across Pfizer's portfolio. You will be responsible for development and deployment of laboratory automation methods, evaluation and implementation of new technologies, and enabling automation efforts within Analytical Research & Development (ARD). You will be using your scientific judgment to adapt standard methods and techniques by applying prior work experience, and your creativity in implementing novel processes and new ideas will be used frequently. You will also undertake mentoring activities to help teach project team members about the use of lab automation. It is your innovative scientific temperament that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Drive laboratory automation process development initiatives from conception through implementation and validation
  • Ensure that the proper resources and equipment are in place to support new and ongoing automation initiatives
  • Leverage broad technical knowledge and automation expertise to evaluate new technologies, share expertise throughout ARD, and influence automation progress
  • Consult, maintain, and support activities including but not limited to robotic method wet run testing, instrument, and method qualification
  • Prioritize the scheduling of work according to the requirements set forth by ARD leadership, expert working groups, and end users
  • Ensure that all work is performed safely and that regulated tasks & activities are performed in compliance with cGXP and internal Pfizer and external regulatory requirements
  • Mentor and develop automation expertise in junior colleagues and instrument end users


  • BS in a scientific discipline with 5 years of industry experience
  • MS in a scientific discipline with 2+ years of industry experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Proven ability to perform basic analyses of laboratory data and interpret the results.
  • Prior experience in a high throughput setting with process development experience.
  • 2-5 years direct hands-on experience programming and troubleshooting robotic liquid handlers (Agilent, Hamilton, Tecan) and other laboratory automation equipment (robotic arm, plate reader/sealer/washer, automated incubator).
  • Experience coding in R, python, C++, SQL, or similar languages.
  • Prior experience working with cGxP regulations and/or other international regulatory guidelines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong MS Office skills

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry space
  • Direct experience working with Pfizer instrumentation and analytical methods
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques including but not limited to LC-MS
  • Experience with the development and evaluation of user requirements and conversion of requirements into deliverable methods and/or processes

  • Occasional travel to Pfizer sites, vendor sites, and/or scientific conferences may be required.

Relocation support available

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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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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