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Scientist High

Pearl River, NY, United States

Posted on
Jan 06, 2021

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Position Summary

This position provides robotic programming and method development in support of the preparation of samples for preclinical and clinical serology testing in assays within the Robotics and Automation area of the High-throughput Clinical Immunoassay and Diagnostics (HCID) group within Pfizer Vaccine Research & Development (VRD). The responsibilities include, (i) intermediate to advanced liquid handler programming, design, development, optimization and troubleshooting of moderately complex liquid handler methods and (ii) authoring qualification and validation documents and standard operating procedures (SOP), as assigned. The incumbent will work in a team setting and will share roles and responsibilities with other colleagues as assigned by the supervisor. Work will be done in a compliant manner according to applicable SOP and cGxP guidelines, as required.

Description of Position Responsibilities

Designs and programs robotic liquid handler workstation methods and processes in consultation with the supervisor, and develops and optimizes them independently (using intermediate to advanced level programming skills), as assigned.
Supports sample preparation for preclinical and clinical serology in various assays using Hamilton and Tecan liquid handler workstations.
Responsible for qualification of equipment and validation of robotic methods.
Manages activities across several projects with minimal supervision.
Trains analysts on established technologies and performs qualification of new equipment.
Authors equipment qualification/validation documents, including protocols and validation summary reports; authors SOP.
Identifies process problems, suggests improvements, and initiates trouble-shooting.
With guidance of the supervisor (if necessary), the incumbent performs complex experiments and calculations, and discusses conclusions on the results obtained.
Presents experimental results at group and project meetings.
Satisfactorily completes all required laboratory, cGxP and safety training, in conformance with departmental requirements.
Where applicable, performs job responsibilities in compliance with cGxP and all other regulatory agency requirements.
Manages 0-5 direct reports.


BSc. or MSc with minimum of 5 years of laboratory experience in a relevant field of science, acquired in academic/industrial setting.
A minimum of 2-3 years of programming experience using Hamilton and/or Tecan liquid handlers (intermediate to advanced knowledge).
Experience with multiple liquid handler platforms would be an asset. Experience with programming languages, such as VBA, Python, R and/or JavaScript.
Strong writing, communication and basic computer programming skills.
Experience with microbiological techniques would be an asset.

Other Job Details:

Eligible for Relocation Package: YES
Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: YES


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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.

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