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Senior Associate Scientist

Andover, Massachusetts
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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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 Senior Associate 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.

You will perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic, inorganic compounds, or biologics to determine chemical and physical properties during chemical syntheses, fermentation or drug product development process. 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.

How You Will Achieve It

The Bioassay and Impurity Testing Group (BIT2) in Andover, MA is seeking candidates to join us in building capabilities to lead the industry in the advancement of novel products to the market through innovation and execution of analytical testing. The qualified candidate will have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the utilization and development of immunoassays and/or PCR assays. The methods may be used for release testing and product characterization to ensure residual host impurities are controlled. These data are required to confirm suitable quality of clinical supplies in a broad biologics portfolio, including vaccines, gene therapy, antibody-drug conjugates, therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies.
Prior experience in assay working in cGMP environment is desirable, as well as any routine testing experience. Excellent writing skills and the ability to document and communicate results to a wide array of scientists and management will be critical. Ability to multitask while working with multiple people in a team-based environment is a requirement. The candidate will work across analytical functions and projects and will also provide technical counsel to other organizations and senior leadership.
  • Responsible for testing, troubleshooting, qualification and development (as needed) of qPCR-based assays and ELISAs and their associated critical reagents in a GMP environment.
  • Documenting and reporting lab work according to GMP practices
  • The candidate must be able to interact effectively with multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • The candidate is expected to tabulate data, provide data interpretation to their teams and to their customers.
  • Revise/review/author test methods and technical reports



  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, immunology, biotechnology or related field with 2-5 years of experience or Master's Degree with 0-2 years of experience developing and performing qPCR-based assays and/or immunoassays (e.g. ELISA) for biotherapeutic drug candidates.
  • Proven record of delivering results in a fast-paced environment and effective communication to project teams.
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills and good interpersonal skills a must.
  • Comfortable and effective in a team-based, fast-paced environment where multi-tasking required


  • Experience with automation platforms (e.g. Hamilton, TECAN, Caliper, etc.).
  • Previous experience developing assays.
  • Experience in GxP (GLP, GMP) environment and implementation of continuous improvement practices.
  • Method validation experience
  • Comfortable giving presentations in small group meetings
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and high degree of organization


Position requires occasional light lifting and periods of standing, sitting or walking


Work Location Assignment: On Premise colleagues work in a Pfizer site because it's needed to get their job done. They may have flexibility to work remotely from time to time, but they are primarily on-site

Why Patients Need You

Our breakthroughs would not make it to the hands of patients without our pharmaceutical manufacturing team. We rely on a team of dedicated and agile members, who understand the importance and impact of their role in Pfizer's mission. Patients need colleagues like you who take pride in their work and always look to improve outcomes. You will help to ensure that patients and physicians have the medicines they need, when they need them.

What You Will Achieve

The Lab and Facilities technician in BRD is the point person in the department for coordinating all facilities services for the scientist. The role is an important support function for the laboratory scientists, making it "easier to get things done". Important support functions include but are not limited to coordinating biologic shipping and receiving, managing and maintaining equipment, managing laboratory consumables inventory, lab clean outs and organization, and overall lab organization to ensure streamline processes and safety. The technician will also be cross trained to provide backup for other lab technician functions within the organization.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Manage own time and professional development, be accountable for own results

  • Prioritize tasks and coordinate schedule according to operation requirements

  • Regularly meet with scientists to discuss operation efficiency.

  • Work independently and adapt to rapidly changing priorities

  • Dedication to maintaining and operating in a safe work environment

  • Work with a view of the future: Identify networks, organize and lead meetings to ensure effective communication and success

  • Promote the team atmosphere with others, and prioritize assignments

  • Generate documents utilizing Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Coordination/ interaction with vendors on and off campus

  • Interface with automated systems

  • Process improvement mentality

  • Additional responsibilities include scheduling, set-up and take-down, calibrations, sterilization, deactivation/cleaning, general maintenance and routine maintenance of equipment


Must Have

  • HS diploma with 2+ years of experience, Associates with 1 year of experience, or a bachelor's degree in a science based discipline in a laboratory, manufacturing environment, or facilities management

  • Strong attention to detail, along with excellent communication and collaboration skills.

  • Demonstrated capability to work as a team member in a matrix development team

  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.

  • Operational knowledge of computerized systems.

  • Knowledge of HPLC equipment

Nice to Have

  • Prior experience in a Biological Pilot Plant or Commercial Manufacturing setting is desired. This can be in a chemical plant, biologics pilot plant, clinical manufacturing plant, development lab, etc., or any combination thereof.

  • Strong attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills,

  • Some knowledge of equipment and instruments associated with development labs: HPLCs, Purification equipment, biosafety cabinets, fume hoods, centrifuges, pipettes, water baths, -80 freezers

  • Mechanical aptitude and desire to execute hands on manual labor


  • Lifting heavy boxes and equipment, standing & walking for long periods of time while working in the lab, bending, ability to perform simple mathematical calculations

  • Lift up to 25 pounds


  • Occasional off shift work (weekends and night), occasional overtime

  • This position works Monday through Friday; first shift, but may require occasional weekend work, off shift response to actively alarmed equipment, and overtime.

Work Location Assignment: On Premise

On Premise colleagues work in a Pfizer site because it's needed to get their job done. They may have flexibility to work remotely from time to time, but they are primarily on-site.

Other Job Details

Last Date to Apply for Job: October 21st 2022


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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