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Senior Scientist, Process Development


Groton, CT
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We are seeking a chemical engineer to join the Chemical Research and Development (CRD) team in Groton. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team responsible for developing robust scalable processes for use at pilot plant and commercial scale. They will apply chemical engineering principles, modeling, and lab-scale data-rich experimentation to increase process understanding and to optimize the processes for safety, efficiency, and robustness.

CRD, as part of Worldwide R&D in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is responsible for the development of process technology for the production of API. CRD scientists engage in all facets of development from small scale synthesis in support of medicinal chemistry programs, to the development of the commercial synthetic route. CRD scientists partner with manufacturing specialists for API synthesis in kilo-lab and pilot plant facilities, as well as provide support for technology transfer to Pfizer manufacturing sites and third party facilities.

The successful candidate as a part of the project team will partner closely with chemists and analysts to identify optimal technology (batch, semi-batch, continuous) and process operating conditions. They will then support technology transfer and scale up of the developed process in our pilot plant and commercial manufacturing facilities. Given the dynamic team environment, strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential.


+ Apply chemical engineering principles, modeling tools, and experimental skills using data-rich laboratory instrumentation to improve process understanding and assess proposed process modifications.

+ Apply an understanding of plant equipment capabilities and operations to assess scalability and robustness for API processes.

+ Select, develop, and apply new and existing process technologies to facilitate process design to achieve project goals.

+ Supports technology transfer of drug substance processes to internal Pfizer API manufacturing facilities and external suppliers. May spend time at the PGS launch site supporting process validation and Pre-Approval Inspection (PAI) activities.

+ Contributes to the preparation of the Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls (CMC) section of the New Drug Application (NDA). Participates in data verification, PAI preparedness, and post submission query response. Collaborate and prepare internal research reports and technical presentation.

+ Champion the development of novel laboratory instrumentation and software modeling tools to improve process understanding. Leads the development and implementation of new and existing workflows and methodologies.

+ Remains current with the process engineering and chemistry literature. May collaborate and author external publications and present research at external conferences.



+ MS in Chemical Engineering with 2-5 years of experience or PhD in Chemical Engineering with 0-4 years of relevant experience required.

Required Skills:

+ Excellent knowledge of chemical engineering principles including: reaction kinetics, reactor design, chemical thermodynamics, heat and mass transport, engineering statistics, modeling and simulation.

Preferred Skills:

+ Working knowledge of reaction modeling, property prediction, and simulation computational tools including: DynoChem, Visimix, Aspen, Fluent, and Cosmotherm

+ Working knowledge of UPLC, MS, and NMR

+ Experience with continuous manufacturing processes

+ Experience in automating laboratory and/or manufacturing processes

+ Working knowledge of application of in-situ analysis tools to process understanding including: FTIR, FBRM, UV/Vis

+ A demonstrated foundational understanding of organic chemistry


Some travel associated with technology transfer to CRD pilot plant and PGS new product launch site may be required.

**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.

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**Other Job Details:**

Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus

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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