Senior Associate Scientist, Viral Vaccines

Pearl River, New York
Sep 27, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


The incumbent is responsible for supporting the preclinical evaluation and early clinical development of candidate viral vaccines.  The incumbent will perform various assays to monitor the immune responses elicited by vaccine candidates. This position will also be responsible for maintaining cell lines, weekly processing of red blood cells, and preparing samples for testing. The incumbent will assist with molecular work to generate DNA constructs for RNA and reverse genetic virus stocks. Work is to be done in a compliant manner according to relevant SOP guidelines and cGLP and/or cGMP guidelines where appropriate.  The incumbent will be part of a dynamic team and should possess a strong work ethic and collaborative spirit.


  • Analyze immune responses to vaccine candidates using techniques that include (but are not limited to) cell culture, hemagglutination inhibition assays, neutralization assays, ELISAs and Luminex assay. 

  • Perform molecular techniques that include (but are not limited to) PCR, RT-PCR, cloning, and sequence.

  • Independently interpret and summarize experimental data.  Present experimental results at group meetings. 

  • Generate and characterize reagents used to perform necessary assays and support maintenance of laboratory supplies.

  • Maintain laboratory notebooks in compliance with the Pfizer Laboratory Notebook Policy. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Satisfactorily complete all safety training in conformance with Departmental requirements.   

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



    • Bachelor's Degree

    • 3+ years of experience in cell culture and cell based assays.

    • Ability to use appropriate software to perform analysis of data.

    • Basic laboratory skills in the area of quantitative-PCR, molecular biology, western blotting, biochemical assays and tissue processing.

    • Experience with experimental design and the interpretation of results.

    • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

    • Proficiency with personal computers, including word processing, Excel, PowerPoint and relevant scientific software.

    • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture and flow cytometry.

    • Drug discovery experience.


    • Basic laboratory training in aseptic technique is essential. 

    • Ability to work with infectious agents safely.

    • The capacity to work effectively in highly visible research programs with time-constrained milestones.


    Other Job Details:

    • Eligible for employee referral programs: YES

    • Eligible for relocation support: YES


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