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Senior Scientist


Sanford, NC
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The incumbent is responsible for performing routine and characterization analytical chemistry tests, conducting analytical chemistry projects, and leading technology transfers internally and externally from the Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT) group. The MSAT Sanford group is comprised of process scientists and analytical scientists who work on multiple vaccine intermediate and drug substance products (i.e. proteins, polysaccharides, and protein-polysaccharide conjugates).

MSAT Sanford process scientists conduct fermentation, purification, and conjugation work at various laboratory scales to:

+ support the development or application of state-of-the-art processes, equipment, control schemes, and standards,

+ improve bio-manufacturing processes,

+ qualify alternate raw materials and components,

+ support the transfer of production from development or between commercial sites,

+ generate in-process, Final Batch Concentrate (FBC), and Monovalent Bulk Concentrate (MBC) materials that require testing.

The MSAT analytical scientists:

+ collaborate with the MSAT process scientists on all projects,

+ test samples and document analytical results,

+ interpret the data of tested materials

+ in-transfer analytical methods from analytical development, QC, and/or 3rd Party Entities

+ develop new methods for characterization and comparability testing

The incumbent will serve on cross-functional projects and teams. Projects must achieve business, quality, and compliance objectives, and must be executed in a manner that assures full compliance with government regulations and internal company standards and values.

The incumbent will interact regularly with their manager and with their fellow analytical chemists for guidance and coaching. The incumbent is expected to also coach and train fellow colleagues based on their experience and/or on new techniques.


Conduct wet-chemistry and instrumental analytical chemistry analysis on in-process, final batch concentrate (FBC), monovalent bulk concentrate (MBC) sample types.

Prepare analytical standards and reagents.

Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.

Develop new assays for characterization of intermediates and/or drug substance

Document results in electronic laboratory notebooks. Review notebooks of peers.

May work individually or on a team to support various projects as assigned, including (but not limited to) method development, project management, technology transfer, and process understanding.

Serve on various teams as analytical representative and/or subject matter expert.

Perform general administrative assignments that support the entire MSAT department (e.g. safety representative, freezer team, equipment team)


B.S. + 10yrs, M.S. +5 yrs, or Ph. D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or equivalent, with an emphasis in analytical chemistry

Experience working in a laboratory environment (school or work setting is acceptable)

Experience working with proteins or carbohydrates is desired

GMP experience is desired

Passion for analytical chemistry

Solid foundation in chemistry and biochemistry

Knowledge of fundamental analytical chemistry principles (i.e. use of standards and controls, standard curve, matrix effects, sample preparation, sample management, calculations, control charting, spectroscopy, chromatography, ELISA, use of laboratory equipment, protein methods)

Impeccable pipetting skills required - This position involves generation of accurate analytical results. Nearly flawless pipetting skills are expected and required.

Excellent organizational and documentation skills - If the work is not documented clearly and completely, then the work will be of no value.

Intermediate to advanced MS Excel skills

+ Comfortable using and learning instrumental software


The incumbent will spend at least 75% time in a laboratory environment standing, walking, or sitting at an analytical bench. Minimal lifting involved. Significant amount of pipetting may be involved


Position is for first shift, but may require flexible scheduling on rare occasions to accommodate process schedules for critical STAT assays. Travel is not anticipated, but may be required on an infrequent basis.

**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.

+ **Last Date to Apply for Job:** 23 March, 2018

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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