Principal Scientist - Clinical Biomarker Technologies, Flow Cytometry

Groton, Connecticut
Feb 22, 2021
Mar 02, 2021
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Principal Scientist (R5). Works with ECD scientific staff in scientific research and/or scientific strategies in a biomarker/biomeasure focused flow cytometry laboratory. This scientist will provide technical and scientific leadership and support for biomarker data using flow cytometry (FACS), cell imaging and related technologies for both non-regulated and regulated preclinical and clinical biomarker studies supporting Pfizer drug candidates. Leads and influences in the matrix function across ECD, RUs and BUs.

  • Responsible for providing flow cytometry and cellular imaging data for biomarker/biomeasure discovery and development, supporting assay method development, validation and study execution.
  • Interact with biomarker sub-teams and research units in a matrix environment.
  • The person will demonstrate experience in the delivery of flow cytometry and cell imaging-based biomarkers/biomeasures in clinical studies, and have strong knowledge of biological systems, cellular functions and concepts in immunology to enable Pfizer discovery and development objectives.
  • Responsible for developing partnerships in a matrix environment, influencing project strategies, and providing expertise in technology development and implementation.
  • Lead the development of sample preparation, separation and detection methods, data analysis, interpretation, reporting and follow up discussions with the project teams on utilizing the data in appropriate decision making.
  • Responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance appropriate for clinical and preclinical study execution including all prescribed training as found in ECD SOPs and training transcripts.
  • This includes knowledge, training and understanding of GLP/GCP guidance for execution of preclinical and clinical studies supporting Pfizer portfolio projects as applicable.
  • Responsible for QC and peer review of raw data and results from colleagues and/or direct reports within the regulated group, as well as participation in internal and external audits providing required information to auditors as needed.
  • Mentor junior scientists in biomarker strategy development, experimental protocol optimization, troubleshooting, data generation and analysis.
  • Participate in continuous improvement of scientific and regulatory processes via update/creation of SOP's, design and implementation of laboratory and study based processes, and development of best practices for bioanalytical data generation.
  • Partners across lines (especially Clinical Pharmacology, Precision/Translational Medicine, DSRD, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Regulatory) to integrate flow and imaging-based biomarker data into an overall understanding of drug MOA and efficacy.

  • Knowledge of the principles of flow cytometry, cell based imaging analysis and cell biology/immunology.
  • Experience operating flow cytometers/sorters.
  • Knowledge of assay development and sample processing for flow cytometric analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of global regulatory requirements as well as industry guidance as they relate to GCLP.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to coach and mentor colleagues in a matrix environment.
  • Ability to work in teams.

Other Job Details:
  • Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
  • Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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