Senior Associate Scientist - Clinical and Diagnostic Assay Development, Vaccines R&D

Pfizer Inc.

Pearl River, NY

Job posting number: #7127383

Posted: March 6, 2023

Application Deadline: April 7, 2023

Job Description

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 Associate 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 responsible for supporting the preclinical evaluation and early clinical development of candidate viral vaccines. You will perform various assays to monitor the immune responses elicited by vaccine candidates and maintaining cell lines, weekly processing of red blood cells, and preparing samples for testing. You will also assist with molecular and virology work to generate plasmid constructs for RNA and reverse genetic virus stocks plus optimizing RNA vaccines. Your skills and expertise will ensure that all work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines and Good Lab Practices cGLP and/or (Current) Good Manufacturing Practices (part of GxP) cGMP guidelines.

Your significant experience of applying knowledge of principles, concepts, and practices of the discipline will make you a critical member of the team. You are proactive in contributing to all team discussions and creating an environment of collaboration. It is your hard work and focus that will help in making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
Contribute to achievement of immediate work group goals and collaborate with other team members.

Satisfactorily completes all cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practices) and safety training in conformance with requirements.

Perform sample preparation for preclinical and clinical serology in biofunctional assays to support vaccine development and clinical studies.

Complete required documentation for laboratory work involving bio-functional assays.

Execute qualifications/validations of new instruments and custom methods.

Organize assigned work according to established departmental priorities.

Collaborate with the Primary Pharmacology Group to ensure alignment around assay technology selection, assay quality criteria and validation requirements.

Interact with external vendors to obtain quotes, and purchase reagents for clinical testing where applicable.

Identify and report any experimental problems, proactively troubleshoot causative factors, and implement necessary corrections following discussion with supervisor.

Manage manual and robotic sample preparation, use and maintenance of appropriate equipment, and preparation of relevant reagents.

Train other analysts on established technologies and manage direct reports.

Qualifications
Must-Have
Bachelor's Degree with 3+ years of experience in cell culture and cell based assays

Ability to use appropriate software to perform analysis of data

Basic laboratory skills in the area of quantitative-PCR, molecular biology, western blotting, biochemical assays and tissue processing

Experience with experimental design and the interpretation of results

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Proficiency with personal computers, including word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software

Nice-to-Have
Masters degree

Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture and flow cytometry

Drug discovery experience



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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