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Associate Research Fellow- Analytical Research and Development

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
May 28, 2024

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Life Sciences, Analytical Chemistry
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type
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 applycutting edgedesign and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best-in-class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

Analytical Research and Development (ARD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences Small Molecule group at Pfizer is working diligently to bring new cutting-edge medicines to patients around the world. Our team members use the latest science and technology to characterize and develop drug candidates from discovery to commercial launch. As an Associate Research Fellow in ARD, you and/or your team will lead multiple projects and be accountable for the analytical development to assess the chemical and physical properties of Pfizer's newest drug candidates, evaluate their suitability for progression into clinical studies and, ultimately, to commercialization. You will have a strong passion for developing early career scientists and be skilled at guiding them to solve difficult technical problems. You will also be constantly looking for ways to improve the speed and efficiency of scientific and business processes used in the analytical development of Pfizer medicines.

A knowledge of chemistry, formulation, and analytical modeling tools is desirable for this technical leadership position. In addition, experience in working as part of a multidisciplinary organization is vital for your success. You will be responsible for the continuous enhancement of technical skills, scientific knowledge, and personal growth of colleagues on the projects you are accountable for and yourself. You will also have the opportunity to grow your skills as a people leader and your influence within ARD and with other groups at Pfizer. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in analytical development and extensive experience in team and people leadership.

How You Will Achieve It

  • This colleague will be responsible for developing analytical strategies in support of Active Pharmaceutic Ingredients (API) and/or pharmaceutical drug products (DP) across drug development phases, including, but not limited to supporting manufacturing process development, developing, validating and transferring analytical methods, designing stability studies for shelf-life assignments, and developing impurity control strategies.
  • Lead and collaborate with colleagues and subject matter experts across ARD to assess the most appropriate analytical approach to support project activities, including use of on- and off-line analytical methodologies and computational predictive tools, modelling software and data visualization tools, where appropriate.
  • Oversee the lab work of colleagues on your team(s).
  • Coach team members to communicate and collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary team members, in presenting data at team meetings and in solving technical challenges that arise during development.
  • Effectively interact and be able to influence colleagues at all levels of the organization.
  • Critically review relevant sections of global regulatory submissions authored by team members in support of new drug approvals and subsequent regulatory queries.
  • Support project team members by critically reviewing their data in support of their projects, in evaluating new instrumentation, analytical techniques/approaches and publishing technical papers.
  • Proficient with a wide variety of software and information systems and the curiosity to continue learning new techniques to solve complex analytical problems.
  • Proficient with a breadth of relevant methodologies such as, chromatography, dissolution, IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, particle size analysis and NMR, with expertise in one or more of these techniques.



  • Ph.D or MS in Analytical Chemistry or related field, with 15+ years of relevant industrial experience or equivalent education and experience.
  • Extensive experience in leading technical and/or project teams
  • Proven track record of coaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new analytical techniques and solve complex analytical problems.
  • The ability to use computational predictive tools, modelling software or data visualization tools.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including visualization of data and publishing results.
  • Experience with a wide variety of software and information systems.
  • Demonstrated autonomy, judgement and business acumen required for an Associate Research Fellow


  • Experience as a Pharm Sci Team Leader (PSTL) and/or CoDev Team Leader is highly desired capability.
  • Prior experience with technical team leadership and/or new technology champion

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.

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.


Ability to work in a laboratory setting.

Additional Information:
  • Relocation support available
  • Eligible for Employee Referral
  • Work Location Assignment:On Premise

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $149,200.00 to $248,600.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 20.0% 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.

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

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