Senior Scientist - Analytical

Sanford, North Carolina
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

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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.

The incumbent is responsible for performing routine and characterization analytical chemistry tests and conducting analytical chemistry projects / technology transfers within the Analytical Technology (AT) group. The Sanford AT group is comprised of analytical scientists who work on multiple biologically derived intermediate and drug substances (i.e. proteins, polysaccharides, and protein-polysaccharide conjugates).

The AT analytical scientists:
  • Collaborate with other scientist (process and analytical) on all projects,
  • Test samples and document analytical results,
  • Interpret the data of tested materials
  • Lead transfer of analytical methods (in and out) between the AT group and analytical development, Quality Control (QC) Lab, other MSAT departments, and/or 3rd Party Entities
  • Develop new methods for characterization and comparability testing
  • Train and mentor junior scientists

The incumbent is expected to work on cross-functional projects and with teams within the Pfizer network. Projects must achieve business, quality, and compliance objectives; and must be executed in a manner that assures full compliance with government regulations and internal company standards and values.

The incumbent will interact regularly with their manager and with their fellow analytical chemists for guidance and coaching.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Conduct wet-chemistry and instrumental analytical chemistry analysis on in-process and final batch/bulk concentrates sample types.
  • Prepare analytical standards and reagents.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Calculate results using Excel spreadsheets and/or instrumental software.
  • Document results in electronic laboratory notebooks. Review and witness notebooks of peers.
  • Author, Review, and Approve technical reports, methods, and regulatory documents.
  • May work individually as well as support colleagues on various projects as assigned
  • Serve on various teams as analytical representative and/or subject matter expert. Role of a network SME requires frequent participation in teleconference / WebEx meetings with internal and external collaborators.
  • Perform general administrative assignments that support the entire MSAT department (e.g. safety representative, Limited Duration Efficiency teams, etc)
  • Perform method development and method transfer in support of various projects

  • High School Diploma (or Equivalent) and 10 years of relevant experience OR an associates degree with 8 years of experience OR a bachelors with at least 5 years of experience OR Masters Degree with more than 3 years of experience, OR a PhD with 0+ years of experience.
  • Knowledge of fundamental analytical chemistry principles (i.e. use of standards and controls, matrix effects, sample preparation, sample management, calculations, control charting, spectroscopy, chromatography, ELISA, use of laboratory equipment, protein methods, etc.)
  • Attention to details - This position involves generation of accurate analytical results. Nearly flawless execution skills are expected and required.
  • Excellent organizational and documentation skills - If the work is not documented clearly and completely, then the work will be of no value.
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Excel skills
  • Comfortable using and learning instrumental software

  • Familiar or experienced in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Experience working with DNA or viruses is desired
  • Experience with electronic Laboratory Notebooks (eLN) is desired
  • Analytical method development and validation experience is desired
  • Experience with advanced analytical characterization techniques including PCR, GC-MS, DNA sequencing, and/or AUC

  • The incumbent will spend at least 75% time in a laboratory environment standing, walking, or sitting at an analytical bench.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs on infrequent occasion (equipment transfer, large volume reagent preparation, etc).
  • Significant amount of pipetting is involved.


Position is for first shift but may require flexible scheduling on rare occasions to accommodate process schedules for critical samples with an immediate requirement for analysis. Travel is not anticipated but may be required on an infrequent basis.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply: March 29th, 2023
  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise (some potential for Hybrid work schedule)

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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