Associate Scientist - Neutralization Assay Group, Vaccines (Entry Level)

Pfizer Inc.

South San Francisco, CA

Job posting number: #7117377 (Ref:4873049 Associate Scientist - Neutralization Assay)

Posted: December 6, 2022

Application Deadline: January 7, 2023

Job Description

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 an 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 have the important role to generate high-quality immunoassay data in a regulated Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) setting to support Pfizer’s vaccine candidates in phase 2/3 clinical studies according to Standard Operating Procedures. This role will be responsible for performing viral biofunctional assays to support clinical testing of human serum samples in the Neutralization Assay Group using a robotic liquid handling workstation. As an integral member of this dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong work ethic and be highly collaborative with group members. You will support the technology transfer and integration of new laboratory immunoassays into the cGLP space, support assay validation projects and monitor immunoassay lifecycle. In addition, you will also support throughput activities and provide testing support for clinical and non-clinical research programs.

Your strong foundation in general scientific practice, its principles and concepts will help in meeting critical deadlines. You will be relied on as a technical contributor to assess the assigned tasks and make decisions that involve direct application of your knowledge.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It

Perform the viral biofunctional immunological assays to support vaccine clinical development in a high-throughput setting.

Execute testing of preclinical and clinical samples to meet program timelines.

Exercise and build basic team effectiveness skills {e.g., commitment, feedback, consensus management} within the immediate work group.

Perform job responsibilities in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices/ Good Laboratory Practice (cGMP/GLP) and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Assist in updating and writing documents associated with bio-functional assays, including information/data archiving, Standard Operating Procedure and status reports.

Assist in ordering supplies from internal inventory and prepare reagents/supplies necessary for bio-functional assay work.

Conduct clinical assays in accordance with Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) requirements.

Maintain a detailed inventory of freezer reagents such as controls, proficiency panels, toxins, reference standards etc.

Present progress on assay development and sample analysis to colleagues and senior management.

Collect and analyze data on a per project basis to support troubleshooting, qualification and other lab projects.

Provide critical data review of clinical and non-clinical data.

Stay current on all departmental and corporate training.


B.S. in a relevant field, 0-2 years experience

Laboratory experience in biology, immunology, virology, and/or microbiology

Experience handling infectious agents and biological materials safely, including toxins and viruses

Experience following GLP guidelines, including adhering to SOPs, instrument IOQ/PQ, good documentation practices

Strong attention to detail and ability to collaborate and work in team environment

Good Computer skills including word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software


Familiarity with biofunctional assay development

Robotic and automation experience

Pharmaceutical and biotech drug discovery experience

Knowledge of Luminex technology, mammalian cells and aseptic techniques

Experience in developing and troubleshooting bioassays designed to assess antibody functionality


Standard laboratory conditions – sitting, standing, primarily lab based


40 hours per week.

Work Location Assignment: On Premise

Other Job Details:

Eligible for relocation package

Eligible for employee referral bonus

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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Job posting number:#7117377 (Ref:4873049 Associate Scientist - Neutralization Assay)
Application Deadline:2023-1-7
Employer Location:Pfizer Inc.
New York,New York
United States
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