Pfizer Sr. Associate, Lab Automation Developer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Research and Early Clinical Development Business Technology group is seeking a Software Developer with experience in laboratory and data automation. The successful candidate will report directly to the Bioinformatics Senior Manager and collaborate with team members and scientists across Pfizer to contribute to the design, development, implementation, and support of new and existing, Research-oriented, custom and commercial software related to systems integration, data pipelines, file parsing, and laboratory and data automation.

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop software related to data visualization, systems integration, instrument integration, and data pipelines using custom and open-source solutions.

  • Collect user requirements, design, develop, test, and implement COTS and custom laboratory automation solutions including laboratory information management systems (LIMS).

  • Generate full Software Development Lifecycle documentation.

  • Provide a deep understanding of existing, and evaluation of new, sample and data management solutions

  • Contribute to the training of, and communication to, laboratory personnel.

  • Interface with commercial software vendors as necessary to implement and support new software solutions

  • Work with compliance teams to insure proper validation of regulated implementations


  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a scientific or information-technology related field.

  • 5+ years designing, implementing, and supporting laboratory and data automation, and instrument integration solutions, in the Pharmaceutical or Biotech industry.

  • Experience with LabVantage LIMS and Core Informatics Platform-For-Science preferred.

  • Mastery of Structured Query Language and one other programming language/platform.

  • Demonstrated experience designing or using genomics and genetics data pipelines with good scripting skills

  • Demonstrated ability with several of the following: Java, Java/J2EE, JavaScript, Groovy, Ajax, Python, R, Perl, Oracle, SQL, Unix/Linux, Windows, Jasper Reports, REST.

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Computing a plus

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience with Software Validation and 21-CFR-Part 11 Compliance a plus.


  • No physical requirements

  • Candidate will be able to translate ambiguous and complex scientifically-based requirements into a clear, actionable, testable narrative.


  • Up to 5% travel

  • Working in open-office environment

  • Occasional observational and application support activities in laboratory settings.

  • Position can be based in Cambridge, MA or Andover, MA, but candidate must be able to travel to either site when needed, as well as occasionally to Groton, CT.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

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