Pfizer Senior Principal Scientist Viral Vaccines in Pearl River, New York


As a member of the Viral Vaccines Team, design, carry out, interpret, and communicate experiments that integrate cutting edge influenza vaccine science with working knowledge of the current influenza vaccine seasonal update and pandemic response systems to deliver a game-changing influenza vaccine with consistently superior efficacy. The vaccine candidate must also be practical for timely development, efficient production, reliable strain change, and global implementation. The role will involve independent assessment of vaccine science and collaboration across a matrix organization to advance the vaccine candidate through research and into development. Will also work with external parties in collaborations to advance an influenza vaccine candidate and ensure that the vaccine can be integrated into the global influenza vaccine system. In addition to working on an influenza virus vaccine candidate, the associate will also work on other viral vaccine candidates.


As a member of the Viral Vaccines team, contribute to and carry out the strategy for the influenza vaccine program and other viral vaccine programs Serve as an influenza subject matter expert on the Vaccines Research influenza project team, providing expert input into experimental design, execution, and interpretation. Interact extensively with other Research functions and non-Research functions in advancing the vaccine through research and into early development. Provide expert input into communication about the influenza vaccine program in internal Pfizer documents and external patent applications, regulatory submissions, scientific papers, and other communications. Collaborate with external alliance partners for influenza vaccines, including collaborating companies, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Contribute broadly to the work of the Viral Vaccines group, including the supervision of junior colleagues, research into multiple viral vaccine candidates, management of the laboratories, and fulfillment of compliance obligations.

Basic Requirements

  • PhD in virology or a related field required.

  • 8-years of professional experience in virology, vaccinology, molecular biology, and immunology, with basic scientific expertise in influenza and practical knowledge of global flu vaccine surveillance, assay development, reagent generation, and regulatory systems

  • 5 years industry experience in pre-clinical vaccine development Knowledge of the viral vaccine scientific landscape with particular emphasis on influenza vaccines.

  • Strong abilities in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments, sophisticated understanding of the virology and immunology literature, cross-functional collaboration, people management, and communication of science required.

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