Associate Scientist - mRNA Molecular Biology

at Pfizer, Inc in Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

The Pfizer Viral Vaccines group is seeking an Associate Scientist to join our highly dynamic team in support of multiple vaccine research and development programs, including the preclinical evaluation and early clinical development of our mRNA-based vaccine platforms. The incumbent will be supporting activities related to mRNA optimization, production and characterization, including but not limited to: Standard molecular biology techniques, in-vitro mRNA transcription, capping and in-vitro characterization using cell-free/cell-based assays, with the aim of optimizing vaccine design strategies. The successful candidate will be part of a very collaborative team and should possess a strong work ethic, be dependable and adaptable to fast-paced environments.

Role Responsibilities

Perform standard DNA Molecular Biology techniques;

Synthesize and characterize mRNA constructs using a variety of assays

Perform cell-based assays to evaluate mRNA vaccine candidates

In collaboration with manager, interpret and summarize experimental data. Present experimental results at group meetings as needed.

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.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Satisfactorily completes all safety and quality training in conformance with Departmental requirements.

Degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Virology, or a related scientific field.

BS with 2-4 years of laboratory research experience.

Laboratory hands-on experience with standard molecular biology techniques (eg. PCR, qPCR, basic cloning, DNA/RNA production and purification, DNA/RNA sequencing, etc.)

Working knowledge of molecular biology and sequence analysis software, and proficiency with application such as: word processing, Microsoft Office, Graphpad and Geneious.

Must be detail oriented; possess problem solving skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks.

Must possess good interpersonal and communication skills and be a team player in a cross-functional collaborative environment.

MS with 0-2 years of research experience.

Industry experience preferred.

Previous experience handling and manipulating mRNA highly desirable.

Experience with cell culture techniques and flow cytometry preferred.


Basic laboratory training in aseptic technique is essential.

The capacity to work effectively in a highly visible research program with time-constrained milestones.


Eligible for Relocation Package


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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Job Posting: 3385257

Posted On: May 17, 2022

Updated On: Jun 11, 2022