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Senior Associate Scientist, Cell Culture Operations

Pfizer – Pearl River, NY


This position has the responsibility to participate in the biofunctional assay high throughput cell culture team activities. The position includes, but is not limited to, preparation and qualification of cell culture reagents, loading results into LIMS, supplying different types of adherent and/or suspension cell lines for cell-based assay testing, and improving cell production processes to accommodate clinical and development workload demands with proper documentation. The incumbent expected to participate in processing and flow cytometry analysis of cells, cell banking activities, perform experiments. 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 perform all work in a compliantly according to relevant SOP guidelines and GLP and/or GMP guidelines.


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. Complete required documentation for laboratory work. This includes information and data organization/review. After proficiency is demonstrated and experience obtained, the incumbent may be asked to train, or assist in the training, of other new analysts on the protocol(s). Participates in laboratory management by stocking supplies and reagents needed for daily laboratory operation. Perform experiments for improvement, reagent qualification, and QC of cell lines following protocols or guidelines from supervisor. Assist Assay Development personnel in these endeavors as directed by the supervisor. Prepare reagents/ supplies necessary to support vaccine clinical trials. Contribute and review documentation associated with protocols and SOPs, including data generation and collection for Qualification Documents, information/data archiving, data review, SOP review and report writing /review as assigned by the supervisor. Order supplies from internal inventory necessary for cell and/or immunoassays and maintain an inventory of assay reagents. Present experimental results at group meetings and project meetings. Write monthly progress report if applicable. Prioritize and organize own work to meet project task deadlines. Where applicable, perform job responsibilities in compliance with cGMP/GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements. Satisfactorily complete all cGMP/GLP and safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements. Perform other duties as assigned.


Provide the primary groups or key positions that this position will have interaction with as a regular part of the position responsibilities. Include any external interactions as appropriate.

Interacts with members of CTBO and CDAD organizations within VRD. External contacts with vendors and the external laboratory PPD (Richmond, VA) personnel through providing technical training.


Financial Accountability

  • Provide input to supervisor and/or department head regarding equipment and supplies needed to accomplish assigned tasks.


  • The incumbent is responsible for planning her (his) daily workflow to complete the tasks/experiments outlined by the supervisor, project leaders, and management.


  • Bachelors degree with at least 2-year relevant experience or a Masters degree (immunology, virology, or microbiology) plus relevant research experience.


  • Proficiency in the use of word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software is desirable.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • The capacity to work effectively in a significant research program with aggressive time-constrained milestones.
  • Works under supervision with periodical review of achievement of results and methods used. Uses own scientific judgment to apply and adapt standard methods and techniques with increased independence by applying prior work experience and consulting with others.

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 providers 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.

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.

N (Other) (United States of America)

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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