Director, Viral Vaccines

Pearl River, New York
Closing date
Oct 8, 2023

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In partnership with the Vice President for Viral Vaccines, the role will set strategy for viral vaccine programs. Requirements for this role include expertise in respiratory syncytial virus (and other respiratory viruses), immunology, working knowledge of RNA-based vaccines and established industry experience in vaccine research and development. Must have experience in viral vaccine research and development; experience with formulation science preferred. The candidate needs to provide leadership, scientific and technical support for a diversified research staff. The role also requires experience and established track record in working with multifunctional teams outside of a reporting structure, presenting research and strategy as well as report writing, responding to regulatory questions, and publishing research findings.

  • The incumbent will provide strategic leadership for one or more viral vaccine programs.
  • Leads a motivated, committed and engaged project team. Models and expects effective team behavior to achieve the project goals.
  • Leads direct reports and non-reports, reviewing all experimental designs and data.
  • Ensures that intellectual property is appropriately obtained and safeguarded.
  • Represent Research on the cross-functional Vaccine Program Team as Research Lead, operating at the interface between research and development, coordinating with non-research functions in advancing the vaccine through developmental stage gates.
  • Take a key role in communication about vaccine programs in internal Pfizer documents and external patent applications, regulatory submissions, scientific papers, and other communications.
  • Serve as a primary scientific liaison with external alliance partners, including collaborating companies, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
  • Participate in the management of the Viral Vaccines group, including the supervision of junior colleagues, the group budget, laboratories, and compliance.

  • Strong knowledge of virology, vaccinology, humoral and cellular immunology and 10 years of experience in the field.
  • Able to effectively direct a laboratory-based, industrial vaccine discovery and development program.
  • Proven track record of project advancement and delivery.
  • Practical experience with RNA vaccine technologies.
  • Understanding of the business aspects of vaccines, and viral vaccine scientific, clinical and competitive landscape.
  • Demonstrated innovation and the ability to apply knowledge, techniques and skills to identify and validate best new technologies.
  • Experience of providing scientific leadership for projects in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • PhD in virology, immunology or a related field.
  • >10 years industry experience in pre-clinical research and in vaccine technical development with working knowledge of both scientific and non-scientific aspects.

Organizational Relationships
  • Regular interactions with:
  • VP of Viral Vaccines
  • Vaccines Research and Development scientists
  • Cross-Functional Program Team members
  • VRD management
  • External collaborating institutions, including the governmental and non-governmental organizations.
  • Direct familiarity with organizations and leaders of global virology surveillance systems.

Financial Accountability
  • Assist in managing the program budget and interacting with the Commercial organization to assess potential future economic value and probability of success of vaccine candidates.

  • May directly manage up to 5-7 colleagues.
  • Indirectly manage a much larger and evolving cross-functional team to advance and manage the scientific aspects of the development and life cycle management of a viral vaccine candidate and vaccine.

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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