Sr. Associate Scientist, Clinical CMI Testing

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

Pfizer’s purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer’s purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

What You Will Achieve

As an Senior Associate Scientist, you will be responsible for testing samples for early stage (Phase I-II) clinical studies as a member of the Clinical Immune Monitoring Group. The role is focused on flow cytometry assays but also includes performance of other cell-based assays on clinical samples. Extensive experience of working in a BSL2 level tissue culture laboratory is required, as well as an understanding of cellular immunology and the key assay platforms of flow cytometry and ELISPOT. The role requires good analytical skills, attention to detail and the ability to clearly document and present complex biological data. Incumbent is required to multitask and work as part of a team that is required to meet business-critical deadlines. As an integral member of a dynamic team, the incumbent must have a strong, positive work ethic and be highly collaborative with the other group members.

It is your hard work and focus that will make Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

How You Will Achieve It
  • Conduct clinical flow cytometry assays in accordance with GCLP requirements.

  • Conduct clinical ELISPOT assays in accordance with GCLP requirements.

  • Analyze, document and report experimental data in accordance with Pfizer/GCLP requirements.

  • Support the efficient and compliant operation of the laboratory by developing appropriate processes and standard operating procedures, working with others to operate the laboratory, and by becoming an expert user in key areas of operation (such as LIMS and GDMS).

  • Assist in the sourcing and maintenance of reagents required to conduct clinical flow cytometry assays in a compliant manner.

  • Maintain and build a broad knowledge of key assay platforms (including flow cytometry and ELISPOT assays) and the scientific rationale underpinning the assays through appropriate training and self-learning.



  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of relevant work experience or Master’s degree with at least 1 year of relevant work experience.

  • Extensive experience working in a tissue culture laboratory with samples requiring BSL2 containment.

  • Experience in working with human samples.

  • Experienced in developing and conducting flow cytometry-based assays.

  • Experience of working in a GCLP-compliant environment, including SOPs and good documentation practices.

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to collaborate and work in team environment.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and relevant scientific software.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Pharmaceutical and biotech drug discovery experience.

  • In depth experience of flow cytometry using BD platform.

  • Experience in developing and troubleshooting bioassays designed to assess cell mediated immune responses.


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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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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