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Director, Clinical Scientist, Vaccines

Remote, Remote, United States;
Closing date
Mar 25, 2023

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The Director, Clinical Scientist (CS) will provide leadership in clinical epidemiological study execution ensuring consistency of approach, conduct, result reporting and oversight of core team activities within one or more vaccine asset programs. In collaboration with Scientific Affairs (SA) Biostatistics group and Clinical Affairs (CA) Operations, the CS is responsible for execution and project management of their studies. The CS will be responsible for numerous epidemiological studies run either as Pfizer-sponsored or as Research Collaborations. The CS is a global position and may support all types of MDSCA projects in the US, Europe, Developed and Emerging Markets. As lead of the Study Core Team the CS will lead via a matrix organization Epidemiology, Biostats, Clinical Operations, Medical/Scientific Affairs, Regional, Pfizer laboratory assay group, and external team members. The CS also has a strategic role in partnership with Medical/Scientific Affairs to develop operating plans and study strategies in support of the Clinical Development and Life Cycle plans. Data generated by epidemiological studies is critical evidence needed to support clinical development (planning for Phase 3 efficacy trial, including a series of studies to determine incidence and risk groups to inform Phase 3 methodology and identify trial sites), to obtain optimum Vaccine Technical Committee recommendations, schedules, and public payer option, and to develop studies for post-licensure vaccine effectiveness.

  • The CS is responsible for leading multiple end to end epidemiological studies across various SOPs (for each study): 1) protocol, study design and training, 2) data review and interpretation, 3) study and/or program scientific and integrity oversight, 4) safety review and communication, 5) regulatory document, study report, and publication preparation and review, and 6) clinical study implementation oversight, with a critical focus on consistency (within regions and globally, including common protocols, CRFs, and databases), quality, data integrity, safety, and alignment with company values.
  • Represents Clinical Affairs line in program-wide functions on Clinical Project Team, Medical Sub Committee, Clinical Study Teams, Asset Team, Program Teams, and Regulatory Strategy teams. Co-lead Epidemiology Sub Team meetings. Contributes to discussions to ensure consistency across all programs.
  • May provide matrix oversight for other Clinical Scientists within the program. Reviews work, develops staff, and provides ongoing feedback. Responsible for short- and long-term resource planning, priority setting, and filling of resource and skill gaps to address the needs of the program(s).
  • Using expert knowledge of epidemiologic and vaccine clinical trials, provides oversight of operational strategic partner involvement at a program or study level. Identifies issues in a timely manner, leads implementation of complex solutions, and/or escalates as appropriate working with Clinical Affairs Lead, Medical/Scientific Affairs Lead and Partner representatives.
  • Influences management/senior management decisions and is viewed as the Subject Matter Expert on CS decisions impacting a program and potentially the Medical/Scientific Affairs groups.
  • Collaborates with Medical/Scientific Leads and other team members on development of Operating Plan and provides input on asset strategy and Lifecycle Development Plan for epidemiological studies.
  • Provides CS leadership role in preparation of regulatory submissions, responses to regulatory queries, and in preparation for program regulatory inspections and audits. In collaboration with the Clinical Affairs Lead and Medical/Scientific Lead, prepares strategy decisions, presents and discusses data at relevant team, governance, external consultants, KOL and potentially regulatory meetings.
  • Represents Vaccine Clinical Affairs and may take the lead on company-wide, global process improvement initiatives, and champions process enhancements and solutions for complex issues. Leads change for Vaccine Clinical Affairs on new company initiatives


Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
  • BA/BSc Degree in life sciences or health related field with 10+ years practical experience or MSc/MPH with 8+ years or PhD with 6+ years.
  • Has strong hands on experience in epidemiological study design, conduct and analysis.
  • Has significant experience leading operational and/or strategic study teams
  • Has significant experience working independently and collaborating with multiple functional groups within and outside the business line
  • Experience of research into infectious disease and/or vaccines is desirable.
  • Has demonstrated an advanced ability and level of experience with working across multiple studies for incorporation of consistent medical/scientific concepts in multiple protocols and ensuring they meet strategic program objectives
  • Has advanced knowledge of the clinical research process and Good Clinical Practices from previous employment experience in the clinical research field
  • Has solid knowledge of vaccine therapeutic area
  • Has independently authored clinical protocols and other clinical study documents
  • Has working knowledge of statistics, data analysis, and data interpretation
  • Has experience in managing external vendors for clinical and/or epidemiological studies
  • Fluent in English writing, reading, and speaking and has exceptional written and oral communication and cross-functional collaborative skills.

  • MSc/MPH or PhD preferred
  • Has experience in working in a global setting
  • Is proficient in MS Office, including Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Prior infectious disease, microbiological or infection control experience
  • Has worked in Industry


Position requires travel (10-20%) both domestic and international. Weekend and evening work likely to be required based on project needs as needed but the exception rather than rule.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: March 24th, 2023
  • Additional Location Information: US, Europe, Canada
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: No
  • Flexible working schedule; Required to work along East Coast timezones (EST)
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The annual base salary for this position ranges from $156,900.00 to $261,500.00. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 20.0% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans. Salary range does not apply to the Tampa, FL location.

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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