Associate Scientist in Molecular Pharmaceutics

May 9, 2022
Boulder, CO
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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

When you join Pfizer, you'll be joining a company and team with a desire to bring new, cutting edge medicines to patients around the world. As a member of our team, you'll use science and technology to design, characterize and develop the solid form of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and drug product formulations from discovery to commercial launch.You will be able to leverage your existing scientific knowledge, as well as develop in new areas, to evaluate the chemical & physical stability, bio-performance and manufacturability of the drug product across a diverse range of therapeutic areas.

As an Associate scientist, you will be at the center of our operations and you’ll find that everything we do, every day, is in line with an unwavering commitment to quality. Your strong foundation in general scientific practice, its principles and concepts will help in meeting critical deadlines. You will be relied on as a technical contributor to assess the assigned tasks and make decisions that involve direct application of your knowledge.

How You Will Achieve It

  • Apply technical skills to complete assigned work within own work group/project team.

  • Conduct scientific studies to support formulations and provide solutions to technical problems.

  • Be a key member of your team by collaborating with other Formulation colleagues to define and implement dosage form strategies consistent with drug development timelines.

  • Work closely with formulators, analysts, and manufacturing colleagues on co-development to ensure successful commercial scale up and launch.

  • Support the authorship of development reports, and regulatory submission documents (e.g. Common Technical Dossier for drug product filings).

  • Support initiatives to develop best practices, test methods, and work processes to drive efficiencies.

  • Effectively communicate experimental observations and results.

  • Follow instructions to complete timesensitive assignments and contribute to the completion of project experiments and milestones.

  • Record experimental details and data into an electronic (digital) laboratory notebook.

  • Review the laboratory experiments and other written records of fellow scientists.

  • Ensure safe working practices are followed and maintained both intheir ownand others’ work.

  • Work with Pfizer scientists to develop and apply computational tools to support manufacture of dosage forms (tablets, capsules, multi-particulate beads, ointments etc.).



  • Bachelor's Degree(BS) in a scientific or engineering related field.

  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Comfort in using computational models.


  • Strong foundational understanding of basic principles of physical, organic and analytical chemistry.

  • Experience conducting and optimizing routine laboratory or pilot-scale experiments.

  • Familiarity using standard analytical chemistry laboratory techniques such as pipetting and volumetric glassware.

  • A basic understanding of HPLC / UPLC and basic solid state thermal characterization techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry.


Includes activities in both laboratory and office settings; approximately 80%/20%. Candidate must be able to perform routine laboratory tests and procedures. Ability to perform mathematical calculations and ability to perform complex data analysis.


The position may require travel to project meetings and support clinical, registration and validation campaigns at manufacturing sites globally. Up to 15% Travel.

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.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

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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