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Associate Scientist

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Dec 11, 2022

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Health Sciences, Drug Development
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Staff Scientist
Organization Type
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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 an 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. You will perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic, inorganic compounds, or biologics. This will help you determine chemical and physical properties during chemical syntheses or drug product development process by verifying their identity, purity, and homogeneity.

Your strong foundation in general scientific practice, its principles and concepts will help in meeting critical deadlines. You will be relied on as a technical contributor to assess the assigned tasks and make decisions that involve direct application of your knowledge.

It is your focus and commitment that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Exercise and build basic team effectiveness skills {e.g., commitment, feedback, consensus management) within the work group .
  • Prepare and review technical documents, including validation protocols and reports, analytical test procedures, investigation reports, and change controls .
  • Direct interaction with project team members, including written and oral presentation of data , results, and conclusions .
  • Complete all Good Laboratory Practice {part of GxP }and safety training in compliance with departmental requirements and follow appropriate safety practices in the workplace .
  • Perform various experiments for analytical method development/ qualification/ validation / transfer and characterization for pharmaceutical therapeutics .
  • Support platform development and process understanding through hands-on generation of accurate and precise analytical chemistry data using analytical laboratory techniques such as chromatography, including UPLC and GC; spectroscopy, including UV, NIR, FTIR and/or RAMAN; mass spectrometry; USP/EP dissolution testing; and Karl Fischer titration .
  • Perform and document drug substance or drug product related development activities including assessment of drug substance or product assay/purity and method robustness/ruggedness.
  • Conduct all work according to appropriate Standard Operating Procedures following Good Manufacturing Practices/Good Laboratory Practices (GMP/GLP) requirements and ensure integrity of all data generated and documented.
  • Independently analyze and provide conclusions regarding experimental data generated.
  • Plan and prioritize related development activities.
  • Present problems and propose solutions in discussions with cross-functional team of scientist and/or engineers .


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry
  • Experience with Quality Systems in a Good Manufacturing Practices {also cGMP} environment
  • Experience with documentation of experiments in laboratory data systems eLN, report writing, data trending, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in analytical chemistry including sample handling and preparation, liquid chromatography, residual solvents by gas chromatography, UV, NIR, RAMAN, and associated techniques in a pharmaceutical industry setting
  • Knowledge of drug development process for progression of pharmaceutical compounds
  • Good documentation skills with high attention to detail, strong organizational skills, team oriented, effective interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude

  • PAT and engineering technology a plus

Other Job details
  • Last Date to apply: December 9th, 2022
  • Work Location Assignment: On-Premises, 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.


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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