Senior Associate Scientist, Neutralization Assay Group

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Pearl River, New York
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Feb 10, 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. 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

  • Perform bio functional assays according to standard operating procedures (SOP) to support viral and bacterial programs for phase 3 clinical studies using a robotic liquid handling workstation
  • Execute testing of preclinical and clinical samples to meet program timelines
  • Analyze the data derived from non-clinical assays to support reagent qualifications
  • Update Labware Information Management System (LIMS) and Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programs accordingly to requirement specifications to support the Neutralization Assay Group as needed
  • Support in updating and authoring documents including SOP, reagent reports, and test methods
  • Ensure the laboratory equipment are meeting company's compliance guidelines including preventative maintenance and monthly calibrations.
  • Assist in maintaining the laboratory, including ordering/ restocking supplies, updating reagent inventory, and ensuring cleanliness
  • Satisfactorily complete all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements. Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements
  • 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.
  • Organize assigned work according to established departmental priorities.
  • Interact with external vendors to obtain quotes, and purchase reagents for clinical testing where applicable.
  • Manage manual and robotic sample preparation, use and maintenance of appropriate equipment, and preparation of relevant reagents.


Qualifications

Must-Have

  • BS degree in Biology, Immunology, Virology or similar field of study
  • 3+ years of laboratory experience
  • Laboratory experience in biology, immunology, virology, and/or microbiology
  • Familiarity with a bio functional assay is a plus
  • Experience handling infectious agents and biological materials safely, including live BSL-2 viruses
  • Robotic and automation experience
  • Experience following GLP guidelines, including adhering to SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, good documentation practices
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Comfortable using GraphPad Prism
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with experimental design and the interpretation of results
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Biology, Immunology, Virology or similar field of study
  • Hands on experience with virology and/or microbiology


PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

The position has physical requirements of basic office and laboratory work (sitting, standing, and walking).

NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS

Ability to work weekends as needed for mission critical projects.
\nRelocation support available\n

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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