Senior Associate Scientist

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Pearl River, New York
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Feb 4, 2023

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Sector
Science, Pharmaceutical
Hours
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate
Jobseeker Type
Professional
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. The role of the incumbent is to assist in the lab-based development and qualification of molecular biology assays for testing vaccine products. The incumbent will also be involved in the high-throughput clinical testing of human nasopharyngeal swabs and blood samples.This role will be responsible for RNA and DNA extraction, real-time PCR, handling bacterial and/or viral stocks and human pre-clinical samples and preparing/ validating new reagents and sequencing experiments. As an integral member of this dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong work ethic and be highly collaborative with the other group members. All work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant SOP guidelines and GLP and/or GCLP guidelines when required.

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 PCR assays for DNA and RNA detection in clinical samples
  • Extract human and virus RNA and DNA using manual and robotic methods
  • Operate Hamilton Vantage workstation for the execution of high-throughput sample analysis
  • Execute testing of preclinical and clinical samples to meet program timelines
  • 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.


Qualifications

Must-Have

  • B.S. in Biological Sciences with 3+ years OR Master's degree.
  • 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

  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture and sequencing
  • Drug discovery experience


Relocation support available

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.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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