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Associate Scientist, Global Pathology

La Jolla, California
Closing date
May 20, 2022

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Science, Pharmaceutical
Full Time
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Why Patients Need You

Everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to the quality and the delivery of safe and effective products to patients. Our science and risk-based compliant quality culture is flexible, innovative, and customer oriented. Whether you are involved in development, maintenance, compliance or analysis through research programs, your contribution will directly impact patients.

What You Will Achieve

The Global Pathology & Investigative Toxicology (GPIT) group is seeking a highly motivated Associate Scientist to join the Necropsy/Histology team within Drug Safety R&D (DSRD). The successful candidate will join a team of laboratory based scientists supporting necropsy and histology on safety and non-safety studies for the microscopic evaluation and reporting by our Veterinary Pathologists. Responsibilities include all aspects of study coordination, from tissue collection and fixation through slide preparation and quality control in addition to the use and maintenance of routine histology equipment. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, must work well as an integral part of a team, as well as be able to manage their time independently to meet departmental and project timelines. The Associate Scientist is a technical and scientific specialist who will collaborate with a variety of other scientists including pathologists, study directors, in-vivo, GPIT scientists, other DSRD & Comparative Medicine scientists, as well as scientists in other research units as needed in order to provide excellence.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Perform all regulatory responsibilities in compliance with applicable regulatory standards.
  • Responsible for performing all aspects of the necropsy/histology phase of rodent and non-rodent safety and non-safety studies including study set up, sample collection, necropsy, tissue trimming, processing, slide cutting, staining, slide review, documentation, quality control review, and preparation of necropsy/histology data for archiving.
  • Read, understand and follow the study protocol and understand connection between study protocol and Data Capture System.
  • Serve as Study Coordinator for studies.
  • Manage multiple assignments/projects simultaneously while maintaining quality and meeting timelines.
  • Ensure proper supplies and equipment are available and suitable for study conduct functions; generate forms, labels, and other materials needed for study conduct as required.
  • Responsible for use, maintenance and calibration of equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve equipment/technical problems associated with necropsy/histology components of study conduct.
  • Communicate with Management, Study Director, and other personnel to ensure compliance with all protocol driven activities.
  • Completes self-review of necropsy/histology data for accuracy and completeness.
  • Adheres to all applicable company and unit policies and procedures.
  • Ensures work areas are kept clean and orderly.
  • Meets established timelines for deliverables.


  • BS in biology or related field with 0-2 years of experience related
  • Training in histology/necropsy and/or performing other laboratory techniques
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and support multiple projects at a time.
  • Efficient at working in a collaborative team environment.

  • HT/HTL Certification

  • Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending, ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.

  • May require after hours or weekend work on rotation and as needed.

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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