Senior Associate Scientist - Vaccine Assay Biologist

Pfizer Inc.

South San Francisco, CA

Job posting number: #7119091 (Ref:4874143)

Posted: December 28, 2022

Application Deadline: January 28, 2023

Job Description

Why Patients Need You
Pfizer’s purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. Pfizer Vaccines Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer’s purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into vaccines that matter most. You will contribute to research programs that bring the best-in-class vaccines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve
As a Senior Associate Scientist in the exploratory assay team within the Vaccine Design Immunology and Anti-Infectives (VDIA) group, you will be at the center of our operations. You’ll find that everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to quality. Our team plays a key role in the early development of vaccines, focusing on cell-based assays that measure functional immune responses to candidate subunit, glycoconjugate or modRNA antigens using a variety of different platform technologies. You will be an active team member who will use your creativity and experience to work to deliver results in collaboration with the project team. Your cell-biology background and prior experience will allow you to adapt existing assay approaches while applying new ideas and techniques to develop mechanistically relevant immunogenicity assays.

How You Will Achieve It
Execute experiments to further project goals

Contribute original ideas and actively participate in planning projects

Multitasking projects and demonstrating problem solving skills in the planning and execution of objectives

Have a willingness to learn new skills and adapt to changing priorities

Interpret and summarize experimental data; participate in the evaluation of new methods or technologies

Present experimental results at group meetings, project team meetings, and department meetings, as required; write research reports

Maintain laboratory notebook in a detailed and descriptive manner

Contribute to achievement of goals of the team and influence at the work group/project team level

Apply technical skills and functional knowledge to projects/ assignments within own work group/ project team independently and proactively

Comply with all safety training and good laboratory practices


B.S. in degree in cell biology, microbiology, or a related discipline with 3+ years of relevant experience, M.S. with 1+ years of relevant experience

At least 1-3 years of hands-on experience with microplate assay development

Demonstrated ability to interpret and summarize experimental data

Background in working with microbial pathogens

Experience with mammalian cell culture techniques

Ability to troubleshoot assay development challenges

Excellent organizational skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, strong motivation and a dedicated work ethic with ambition to develop as an independent scientist

Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and relevant scientific software, including graphing/statistical analysis tools

Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Hands-on experience with basic cell biology techniques, fluorescence microscopy, and flow cytometry

Minimum of 3 years of cell biology/microbiology related research experience post-graduation

Experience with liquid handling lab automation

Experience with bacterial or viral neutralization assays

A cover letter is required in applying to this position, applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.


Capable of working with pathogens both bacterial and viral duties might include Lifting, sitting, standing, walking, bending, ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.


Flexible work schedule may be necessary as required by project objectives

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:#7119091 (Ref:4874143)
Application Deadline:2023-1-28
Employer Location:Pfizer Inc.
New York,New York
United States
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