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Clinical Scientist - external lab management

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Oct 10, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry, Pharma
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Role Summary

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.

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. Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. Your skill and knowledge will help in making decisions that require choosing among limited options. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussions and creating an environment of collaboration. It is your innovative scientific temperament that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

This is a PBMC lab management position within Clinical and Diagnostic Assay Development. The candidate will support ongoing activities of external Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) processing laboratories which support Pfizer clinical trials. Activities will include selecting, qualifying, training and monitoring at each external laboratory. The candidate will interact with members of Sample Management, Data Acquisition, and Data Management to ensure timely delivery of quality PBMC samples for clinical testing. 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. Your creativity in developing novel processes and new ideas will be used frequently. 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.

Role Responsibilities

  • Exercise and build basic team effectiveness skills {e.g., commitment, feedback, consensus management} within the immediate work group.
  • Perform job responsibilities in compliance with current Good Manufacturing
    Practices/ Good Laboratory Practice (cGMP/GLP) and all other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Select, qualify, train, and monitor PBMC processing labs in support of clinical trials.
  • Become an SME (subject matter expert) related to PBMC isolation and management of external laboratories.
  • Review processing forms and sample inventory files from 30+ external laboratories and ensure all labs are supplied with all necessary consumables and reagents.
  • Prepare and present experimental results to project teams.
  • Comply with all safety training and good laboratory practices.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 6+ years of pharmaceutical and biotech drug discovery experience
  • Technical expertise in PBMC isolation and supporting clinical trial activities
  • Strong background in immunology, microbiology (bacteriology or virology)
  • Ability to use appropriate software to perform analysis of data
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment independently or as part of a team, strong motivation with a dedicated work ethic
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree and 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience in lab management and clinical trial monitoring
  • CRO and vendor oversight experience preferred

  • Must be able to perform physical activities such as standing or sitting at the lab bench or biosafety cabinet.
  • Ability to lift racks/boxes up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to focus on computer screen for several hours per day


  • Potential travel to external laboratories

  • Eligible for relocation package
  • Eligible for employee referral bonus

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.

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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