Associate Fermentation Scientist, Vaccines

Pearl River, New York
Jan 16, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


The primary purpose of this position is to assist in and execute microbial fermentation experiments required for the production of various vaccine candidates. This position offers a challenging and exciting opportunity for implementing and learning different fermentation techniques and analytical skills and to solve complex biological problems. It also brings a unique chance to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues across the department while developing and expanding your career. The ideal candidate is a highly talented and self-motivated individual with a strong scientific background and some laboratory research and facility operation experience.


  • Assemble and operate Sterilize-In-Place (SIP) and benchtop fermenters (up to 400L scale) for microbial fermentation.
  • Manage microbial cell bank.
  • Manage/maintain operation and safety for microbial fermentation facility.
  • Execute experiments per instruction to optimize and enhance antigen production using microbial platform
  • Learn and perform high throughput bioreactor systems (e.g. Biolector Pro and Ambr250, etc) and analytical instrument (e.g. NOVA analytical instrument, Cedex Bio HT Analyzer, HPLC, SDS-PAGE and Plasmid isolation/quantification instrument, etc) for bioprocess improvement and optimization
  • Analyze, interpret, and provide conclusions and present experimental data with minimal supervision
  • Maintain detailed records and keep management informed as to the progress or issues.
  • Where applicable, perform job responsibilities in compliance with GLP and all other regulatory agency requirements
  • Satisfactorily complete all GLP and safety training in compliance with departmental requirements and follow appropriate safety practices in the workplace
  • Perform timely notebook entries and review for completed experiments.


  • B.S. degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience and/or coursework/laboratory experience in Microbiology
  • Knowledge of biology fundamentals
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Facility Operation/Laboratory research experience.
  • SIP fermenters operation/maintenance experience
  • Experience with commercial fermentation control software
  • Proficiency with large dataset analysis software or programming


Need to be able to lift 50 pounds of object for material transfer.

Mental requirements are a detailed understanding of the scientific subject matter and an ability to make scientific judgments and perform data analysis.


The work requires a flexible work schedule to run fermentation process and other job duties. This may involve the necessity of working outside of core hours and on weekends.


Eligible for Relocation Package

Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus


Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment.  As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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