Pfizer Principal Scientist, Process Chemistry in Groton, Connecticut
We are seeking a synthetic organic chemist to join the Process Chemistry group within Chemical Research and Development (CRD) in Groton. CRD, as part of Worldwide R&D in Pharmaceutical Sciences, is responsible for the development of process technology for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API). CRD scientists engage in all facets of development from small scale synthesis in support of Discovery programs, to the development of the commercial synthetic route. CRD scientists partner with manufacturing specialists for API synthesis in kilo-lab and pilot plant facilities, as well as provide support for technology transfer to Pfizer manufacturing sites and third party facilities.
The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of process chemistry, and will design, enable and develop scalable processes to pharmaceutical drug candidates, applying innovative chemistries, new technologies and statistical experimental design approaches in a laboratory setting. The ability to work on multi-disciplinary teams involving chemists, analysts, engineers, and technologists and to represent CRD on cross-functional teams is essential.
The successful candidate would propose and identify efficient and robust synthetic routes for the preparation of API's. This position requires laboratory experimentation, leadership on API project teams and close collaboration with scientists from Analytical R&D and other disciplines such as engineering to further develop synthetic routes into safe, efficient and robust processes. Interpretation of analytical data to drive synthetic experimental plans and the ability to utilize tools such as electronic notebooks to document information are essential. The successful candidate would also be responsible for participating in the preparation of technical transfer documents for manufacture internally or at third parties.
The successful candidate would lead unit of work teams or smaller API project teams. A strong working knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) is desired. Compliance on safety and regulatory requirements is expected and documented through our internal training program.
The successful candidate would also represent CRD on cross disciplinary programs within Pharmaceutical Sciences and contribute to continuous improvement work in the department and advancement of the Process Chemistry discipline through technology, workflow or business impact.
PhD. in Organic Chemistry, with 3-6 years of pharmaceutical R&D experience in Process Chemistry required.
State of the art knowledge of modern synthetic methodology, including aspects of asymmetric synthesis, green chemistry, catalysis and physical organic chemistry as it relates to reaction mechanism is expected.
The ability to employ analytical tools, computational and statistical methodology, and automated laboratory technologies to enhance process development efficiency is desirable.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to effectively influence the work of others, and a general knowledge of drug development and the pharmaceutical industry are key.
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Eligible for Relocation Package: yes
Eligible for Employee Referral Bonus: yes
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