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Scientist, Biofunctional Assay


Pearl River, NY
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This position has the responsibility to participate in the biofunctional assay high throughput team activities. The position includes, but is not limited to, preparation and qualification of assay reagents, loading assay results into LIMS, supplying different types of adherent or suspension cell lines for cell-based assay testing, and improving cell production processes to accommodate clinical workload demands with proper documentation, performing assay development and validation; participation in laboratory efforts for the maintenance, expansion, differentiation, processing and FACS analysis of cells, as well as cell banking, design/performance of experiments for assay and process development, equipment monitoring, and maintenance of lab supply inventory. The position also involves performing other tasks as assigned, related to clinical High Throughput functional bioassays. All of the above includes practicing laboratory safety at all times and efforts toward cGMP compliance. The incumbent is expected to propose, plan, and implement experimentations in a cohesive manner for the development of well characterized, consistent cell lines. This position operates with limited supervision. As an integral member of this dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong, positive work ethic and be highly collaborative with the other group members.

**Role Responsibilities**

+ Independently perform all aspects of tissue culture work to support clinical and development studies and assists in the generation and collection of data to support vaccine clinical trials.

+ Independently perform experiments for improvement, qualification, and QC of cell lines supporting early phase vaccine research programs. Assist Assay Development personnel in these endeavors as directed by the supervisor.

+ Act as a liaison with research groups to coordinate delivery of cells and ensure the needs of the research team are addressed. Provide scientific and organizational leadership through strong interpersonal skills

+ Update, write and review documentation associated with cell and vaccine process development and tissue culture, including data generation and collection for Qualification Documents, information/data archiving, data review, SOP writing/review and status report writing/review to the supervisor.

+ Present experimental results at group meetings and project meetings. Write monthly progress report if applicable.

+ Act as a technical resource within own group and external groups

+ Train junior colleagues in tissue culture techniques.

+ Where applicable, perform job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements.

+ Satisfactorily complete all safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements of cell production needs.

+ Read and summarize scientific and technical literature in order to bring new and improved procedures to the laboratory, and to broaden understanding of disciplines outside area of training. Utilize all appropriate experimental design methods needed for work in area of specialization.

+ Perform other duties as assigned.


+ BS and 6 years' experience or an MS (immunology, virology, or microbiology) plus 4 years relevant research experience.

+ The capacity to work effectively in a significant research program with aggressive time-constrained milestones.

+ At least 4 years of relevant academic, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology laboratory experience is necessary.

+ A strong background in immunology, microbiology, and virology, is essential.


This position requires the ability to stand and reach inside the hardware environment of various laboratory robotic equipment, and lift and transport robotic components to and from the laboratory bench. This position may require occasional weekend work to meet critical timelines.

**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**

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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