Senior Associate Scientist - Vaccine Assay Biologist

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

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Science, Pharmaceutical
Full Time
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Why Patients Need You

Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Pfizer Vaccines Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into vaccines that matter most. You will contribute to research programs that bring the best in class vaccines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

As a Senior Associate Scientist in the exploratory assay team within the Bacterial Vaccines Technology (BVT) group, you will be at the center of our operations. You'll find that everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to quality. Our team plays a key role in the early development of vaccines, focusing on cell-based assays that measure functional immune responses to candidate subunit, glycoconjugate or modRNA antigens using a variety of different platform technologies. You will be an active team member who will use your creativity and experience to generate preclinical research data for vaccine proof-of-concept. Your cell-biology background and prior experience will allow you to adapt existing assay approaches while applying new ideas and techniques to develop mechanistically relevant immunogenicity assays.

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop in-vitro cell-based assays for early phase, exploratory bacterial vaccine programs by utilizing knowledge in microbiology and immunology, initially under guidance and later independently
  • Apply technical skills and functional knowledge to individual work projects and team projects independently and proactively
  • Design, plan, and execute assay development to further project goals
  • Effectively analyze, interpret, and summarize experimental data
  • Present scientific data at group meetings, project team meetings, and department meetings, as required
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and troubleshoot issues
  • Have a willingness to learn new skills and adapt to changing priorities
  • Maintain laboratory notebook in a detailed and descriptive manner on a timely basis
  • Proactively gather input from literature, colleagues, additional resources to drive projects forward
  • Manage daily, weekly,and monthly laboratory activities, such as laboratory restocking, periodic laboratory cleaning and managing the laboratory waste
  • Comply with all safety training and good laboratory practices


  • B.S. in degree in cell biology, microbiology, or a related discipline with 3+ years of relevant experience, M.S. with 1+ years of relevant experience
  • At least 1 year of hands-on experience with microplate assay development
  • Experience handling infectious agents and biological materials safely, in BSL-2 conditions
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, strong motivation, and a dedicated work ethic
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and relevant scientific software, including graphing/statistical analysis tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Hands-on experience with fluorescence microscopy
  • 3+ years of cell biology related research experience post-graduation
  • Experience with liquid handling lab automation
  • Experience with flow cytometry
  • Experience with bacterial or viral neutralization assays
  • Experience with mammalian cell culture techniques

When applying, cover letters are encouraged.


Ability to work with live pathogens (bacterial and viral)

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

Work Location Assignment:On Premise

Other Job Details:

Eligible for relocation package

Eligible for employee referral bonus


Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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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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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