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Scientist, Assay Automation

Groton, Connecticut
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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The successful candidate will join a team of ~45 scientists within the Primary Pharmacology Group (PPG) at our Groton, CT campus providing laboratory and automation support for tip based and acoustic liquid handlers, automated screening systems, plate based and high content plate readers and other types of laboratory equipment. You will be a key contributor to maintaining our infrastructure and ensuring uninterrupted screening in support of Pfizer's small molecule (SM) portfolio across multiple therapeutic areas. You will work collaboratively with PPG assay development and screening colleagues to provide method development and emergency response for laboratory equipment in support of assay development, high throughput and SAR screening for target and phenotypic based screens.

The successful candidate must have experience programming, troubleshooting and supporting various types of laboratory equipment. A general understanding of biology is required. Key to the role is a demonstrated ability to rapidly become proficient with new technologies, equipment and software. In additional to technical skills, the candidate should possess strong collaborative, time management, customer service and written/verbal communication skills.

At Pfizer, we believe in helping people lead healthier lives from our customers to our colleagues. We offer a wide array of programs and plans that give our colleagues the flexibility and tools they need. The Primary Pharmacology Group offers a collegial and supportive environment for colleagues, with a culture encouraging openness, innovation, and ownership of our science. We aim to provide scientific and growth opportunities for personal and career development commensurate with a colleague's goals and experience.


  • Establish methods/protocols on tip based and acoustic liquid handlers to support assay development and screening PPG colleagues
  • Proficiency in Cellario and Cellario OS training to provide methods/protocols/scheduling on our automated robotic systems
  • Provide emergency support for PPG colleagues experiencing problems with methods or equipment and perform routing QC on equipment
  • Deliver on our strategy for equipment lifecycle and maintenance including scheduling preventative maintenance, fleet replacement, planning discussions, working with finance for equipment tracking and IT for computer compliance.
  • Work with vendors to understand latest technologies or improvements and understand the impact to our workflows
  • Oversee our equipment monitoring system
  • Work collaboratively across PPG and Discovery Sciences to maintain our equipment infrastructure


  • BS or equivalent with 6+ years OR MS with 5+ years of experience relevant pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Demonstrated experience programming and troubleshooting laboratory equipment and/or robotic systems and ability to integrate new technologies
  • Excellent customer service, time management, computer, verbal and written communication skills

  • BS in Biology, Biochemistry or related life-sciences field
  • Experience with Biomek FX, Biomex NX, and Biomek I7 tip-based liquid handlers and LabCyte Echo acoustic liquid handlers
  • Experience with other classes of laboratory equipment such as plate readers, high content imagers, flow cytometers, biosafety hoods, and incubators
  • Experience with HighRes or other automated systems
  • Previous experience providing laboratory and automation support
  • Knowledge of Sharepoint, Spotfire and other applications for equipment scheduling, issue tracking and performance visualizations
  • Familiarity with in vitro assay technologies (fluorescence, HTRF, TR-FRET, SPA, luminescence, flow cytometry, high content imaging) commonly used in pharmacology screening

  • Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations

  • Majority of work will be performed during the standard work day, but ability to work flexible hours when needed is preferrable

Work Location Assignment: On Premise

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $74,900.00 to $124,800.00. In addition, this position is eligible for participation in Pfizer's Global Performance Plan with a bonus target of 7.5% of the base salary. We offer comprehensive and generous benefits and programs to help our colleagues lead healthy lives and to support each of life's moments. Benefits offered include a 401(k) plan with Pfizer Matching Contributions and an additional Pfizer Retirement Savings Contribution, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Learn more at Pfizer Candidate Site - U.S. Benefits | ( Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned based on the location of hire. The United States salary range provided does not apply to Tampa, FL or any location outside of the United States.

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

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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. This position requires permanent work authorization in the United States.

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