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Sr. API Microbiologist

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Pfizer Inc

Kalamazoo, MI

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Sr. API Microbiologist





Provides technical support and process data monitoring and analyses for the fermentation processes. Interprets, evaluates and trends process-generated data assessing potential GMP impact relative to master record ranges and recommends appropriate corrective action where necessary. Recognizes atypical trends and informs supervision of relevant problems and independently develops and implements solutions. Serves as a key contributor to process deviation reporting, investigation, and determination of root causes. Leads efforts to improve process performance and to meet changing quality and regulatory compliance. Develops and validates sterilization of fermentation vessels and support systems. Participates with Kalamazoo Process Technology to transfer new technology and products to the fermentation plant. On a rotational basis, provides routine microbiological assessment of the process, possibly including weekends and holidays. Independently writes SOPs, master and batch records, technical reports, and project plans. Provides leadership and expertise to support technical direction, strategy, and objectives of the fermentation plant.


Functional/Technical Knowledge:

Knowledge of basic discipline. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Apply basic leadership principles. Focus is on leading/overseeing defined processes, which may require detailed knowledge.

Problem Solving and Innovation:

Provide solutions to a wide range of problems, some complex. Able to gather, analyze and interpret information and identify cause and effect relationships.

Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence:

Works under general direction. Participates in determining objectives of assignments. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions.

Impact and Organizational Contribution:

Contributes to the completion of specific programs and projects.


Primary contacts are internal. May assist in training less experienced team members. May lead site teams. Work collaboratively with others to gain agreement on a course of action.

Time Span of Work:

Projects and tasks covering one month to three month deliverables or milestones; progress of work measured weekly to monthly.



BS in Microbiology, Bacteriology, Biology, or related science and 5 years of related experience or MS and 3 years related experience.

Language Skills:

Effective written and oral communication

Computer Skills:

Microsoft Applications

Physical Demands:

May require periods of extended standing or extended periods at a computer. Stair and ladder climbing for production observation. Capable of manual manipulations with fine dexterity.

Work Environment:

Office environment with frequent time in the manufacturing and lab settings. Laboratory settings have potential for BL-1 level microorganisms, corrosive and hazardous chemicals. Use of hearing and eye protection required.


Excellent sterile technique

Microbial physiology

Six Sigma (green belt or better)/applied statistics


• Physical Demands: Frequent time in both manufacturing and office environments. The manufacturing environment includes equipment with moving parts.

Requires lifting, sitting, standing, walking, stair climbing and roof access. Must be available to support 24/7 - 365 operation.

• Work Environment: Office environment, with frequent time in the manufacturing areas. Possible exposure to high noise environments, solvents, and pharmaceutical ingredients. Use of hearing and eye protection is required.


Role supports a 24 hour production environment. Primary responsibilities occur M-F during normal working hours. Some off hour and holiday coverage may be required.

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.

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.

Last Date to Apply for Job: 05/09/2018

Eligible for Relocation Package

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

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Good health is vital to all of us, and finding sustainable solutions to the most pressing health care challenges of our world cannot wait. That's why we at Pfizer are committed to applying science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.