Senior Scientist, Analytical R&D

Lake Forest, Illinois
January 20 2021
Full Time
Senior Scientist
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 a Senior 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 be recognized as a technical expert and a scientific contributor. With your deep knowledge of the discipline, you will be an active team member whose decisions impact the project. You will perform qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic orinorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical properties during chemical syntheses, fermentation or drug product development process.

You will be using your scientific judgment to adapt standard methods and techniques by applying prior work experience. You will be forecasting and planning resource requirements for your project team. Your creativity in developing novel processes and new ideas will be used frequently. You will use advanced digital technologies to aid in advancement of thedrug development process.You will undertake mentoring activities to guide team members.

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

How You Will Achieve It
  • Applyexpert knowledge of multiple analytical techniques and instrumentation and independently plans analytical/process development experiments and activities to meet established project goals and timelines.
  • Lead/participate in key initiatives to enhance digital capabilities within the drug development process.
  • Independently develop analytical methods or techniques.
  • Perform method qualification, verification and/or validation activities.
  • Writeprotocols and reports for analytical method development, stability or formulation/process development reports, and raw material/control/procedural monographs as required.
  • Provide feedback or critique to more junior team members.
  • Tutor/train other group members on using and troubleshooting all analytical methods and instrumentation.
  • Routinely design complex experiments that lead to a fundamental understanding of drug's stability characteristics as a function of the designated drug delivery system.
  • Interact with peers outside of the department in a multi-faceted team approach to drug development.
  • Make routine use of scientific literature. Apply understanding of the disciplines beyond chemistry and pharmaceutics that also play into drug development including IP protection, regulatory strategy, process technology, etc.
  • Represent the department at internal and external meetings.
  • Directly or through others, lead and support analytical for complex drug product projects from concept up to commercialization.
  • Lead and support method transfers to internal and external testing labs.
  • Work directly with parties beyond Parenteral Center of Excellence (PCOE) including but not limited to 3rd party analytical labs, CMOs, and involvement with other divisions of Pfizer.


  • PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutics, chemical engineering or similar technical discipline and at least 1-2 years of injectable product development experience is required.
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and at least 5 years of injectable product development experience.
  • BS in Pharmaceutics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and at least 10 years of injectable product development experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong MS Office (Word, Excel).
  • High proficiency in advanced digital tools and technology.

  • cGMP laboratory experience is highly preferred
  • Analytical experience with complex sterile injectable drug products including peptides, liposomes, emulsions, suspensions, solutions, and/or lyophilized drug products is desirable.

  • This position involves frequent work within an analytical testing lab, in the presence of chemicals, with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Occasional work within a potent compound analytical laboratory - using isolator or other safety technology.

  • 5-10% Travel.
  • Albeit infrequent, may need to work nights and weekends to support critical project activities.

Other Job Details:
  • Last Date to Apply for Job: February 15, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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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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