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Associate Scientist, Process Development, Upstream


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The selected candidate will join the Bioprocess R&D organization where we are building industry leading capabilities in process development and cGMP clinical manufacture of gene therapy therapeutics in Durham, NC.

This position is responsible for taking an active role in the technical transfer of processes into the clinical manufacturing facility and/or transfer of processes to commercial manufacturing or a CMO. The Tech Transfer Scientist/Engineer will be part of a multi-disciplinary team which is responsible for the transfer and execution of cGMP operations of virus production and purification, resulting in the production of clinical supplies in support of Pfizer's Biotherapeutics portfolio. Additionally, Responsibilities will include scale-up and development of Pilot Plant processes for non-GMP production, generation of process batch records, acquisition of raw materials, and the purchase, installation, and startup of new capital equipment. The incumbent will also be responsible for the mining and evaluation of process data, modeling, and the generation of reports to support manufacturing scale up. Training of development personnel for safe and effective operations in the Pilot Plant and process safety assessment are also crucial.

Qualified candidates will have experience in gene therapy, biological, and/or vaccine process development, technology transfer, scale up, and cGMP Clinical Manufacturing. The candidate must demonstrate the technical acumen and intrapersonal skills to seamlessly interface across functional boundaries - including but not limited to process development, manufacturing, analytical R&D, and quality operations. The qualified candidate will deliver results in a team-oriented and start-up like setting and be responsible for applying bioprocess knowledge to ultimately ensure the successful cGMP clinical manufacturing of gene therapy medicines.


+ BS degree in a biological or engineering discipline - Biotechnology, Biochemistry or Biochemical Engineering.

+ 0-3 years' experience in **Upstream** (cell culture/tissue culture) biologics process development, technology transfer and/or bioprocess laboratory, pilot or manufacturing required (will also consider experience in the chemical process industry).

+ Demonstrated capability to work as a team member in a matrix development team.

+ Prior experience in a Biological/Viral Pilot Plant or Commercial Manufacturing setting is desired.

+ Ability to work under minimal supervision.

+ Knowledge of fermentation and/or downstream processing techniques.

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills.


+ Position will require occasional off shift process development and manufacturing support.

+ Travel to other Pfizer sites and to support Tech Transfer to contract manufacturing organizations in USA/ EU as appropriate.

**Other Job Details:**

+ **Last Date to Apply for Job: March 5, 2018**

+ Additional Location Information: Durham, NC

+ Relocation Package Available: Yes

+ Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: Yes

**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.

**Sunshine Act**

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Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
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