Postdoctoral Fellow Microbial Genetics

Pfizer Inc.

Kalamazoo, MI

Job posting number: #7107638 (Ref:4861263)

Posted: August 9, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Why Patients Need You

Pfizer’s purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients’ lives. Research and Development are 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

In this position, you will help discover and develop microorganisms with novel biotransformation activity. This includes screening strains for new chemical activity and identifying genes coding for the enzymes of interest. You will also help develop strain engineering tools to accelerate the discovery and development of production-ready strains.

How You Will Achieve It

Your support will help lay the groundwork for new and transformative pharmaceutical bioprocesses making Pfizer ready to achieve new milestones and help patients across the globe.

Design and execute experiments, analyze results, and report conclusions

Demonstrate proof-of-concept for novel approaches and develop scalable solutions

Optimize workflows for stability, robustness, and performance

Conduct clear and concise communication with colleagues and supervisors through oral updates, detailed records, written reports, and technical meetings



A Ph.D. in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related field with 0-2 years of experience

At least one first-author publication

Experience in DNA assembly and genome engineering methods

Experience with a high-throughput screening of strains/enzymes

Strong analytical skills and familiarity with bioinformatic and data analysis tools

Organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently and in a collaborative environment

Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Experience with PCR-based or NGS-based assays

Experience analyzing large data sets


This Postdoctoral Fellow role is a fixed, 2 year term.

Eligible for Relocation Assistance

Must Have Work Authorization in US

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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