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Senior Manager, Lab Robotics and Automation--Vaccines Research and Development

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Apr 25, 2024

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Health Sciences, Vaccine Research
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Manager, Research Scientist
Organization Type

The mission of our Clinical Immunology and High-throughput Operations (CIHO) Team is to develop, validate and maintain various immunoassays to support both pre-clinical and clinical vaccine studies. As a member of this team, in this laboratory-based position, you will manage assay support functions within our Robotics and Automation Team. Your responsibilities include leading a team focused on laboratory automation process development using various liquid handler platforms (Agilent, Hamilton, Tecan). You will also evaluate and implement new technologies, including but not limited to liquid handling and assay miniaturization.

  • Manage all phases of laboratory automation process development efforts from conception through implementation and validation, in support of VRD's vaccine programs.
  • In conjunction with assay support and equipment maintenance functions within the Robotics and Automation group, ensure that the proper resources, both human and equipment, are in place to support the various programs.
  • Leverage broad technical knowledge to evaluate new technologies, shares expertise throughout VRD, and determine the best course of action.
  • Maintain oversight of other required activities, including but not limited to robotic method wet run testing, instrument and method qualification.
  • Regularly communicates with both CIHO leadership and assay groups in order to assess short- and long-term needs for supporting clinical testing, both the preparation of assay ready plates and execution of the assays.
  • Prioritizes the scheduling of work according to the requirements set forth by CIHO leadership.
  • Ensure that all work is performed safely; and regulated tasks/activities are performed in compliance with cGXP and Pfizer/Regulatory agency requirements.
  • Manage a team of approximately 7 direct reports, including coaching, development and performance management.

  • BEng/BS with a minimum of 10 years of related industry experience, OR
  • MEng/MS with a minimum of 8 years of related industry experience, OR
  • PhD in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 6-8 years of industry experience.
  • Experience in a high throughput setting, supporting laboratory automation process development.
  • Extensive hands-on experience programming and troubleshooting robotic liquid handlers (Agilent, Hamilton, Tecan) and other laboratory automation equipment (robotic arm, plate reader/sealer/washer, automated incubator).
  • Experience with programming languages, such as Python, R and/or JavaScript.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience performing basic analyses of laboratory data and interpreting the results.

  • Experience working in a regulated environment (eg, cGxP) performing instrument qualification (IQ/OQ) and method validation
  • Experience with immunoassays and vaccine clinical testing.
  • Experience with microfluidics and/or other emerging low volume liquid handling technologies.
  • Experience with the use of liquid handler scheduling software.
  • Experience with the use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS).

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.


Work is primarily performed at the laboratory bench or at an office desk using a computer. The job involves lifting relatively light loads, generally not more than 10 pounds.


This position may require occasional weekend and evening work to meet critical business timelines.
This position may require occasional travel to scientific meetings, between Pfizer sites and other business-related travel.

Relocation support available

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $131,200.00 to $218,600.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 17.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.

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