Opportunity is here


Research & Development Rotational Program - Associate



Groton, CT, USA · San Diego, CA, USA · Pearl River, NY, USA · Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023


At Pfizer, we are changing lives. We discover, develop and deliver breakthrough medicines and vaccines to the world. Our colleagues are purpose-driven and united by a passion to transform patients’ lives.

Our scientists, clinicians and R&D professionals are among the best in the industry with the resources and scale to solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges. So, it’s no wonder that they choose to pursue their life’s passion at Pfizer and deliver on our promise to society.

The goal of the Pfizer R&D Rotational Program is to grow Pfizer’s pipeline of R&D talent with promising science, technology and math (STEM) college graduates, with a focus on students with demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans, to shape the future of science and healthcare. This in-depth training and skills development program offers graduates the opportunity to gain experience and insight into drug discovery and development from leading scientists, clinicians, statisticians, epidemiologists and professionals, and to bridge from student to industry professional, or into an advanced-degree program.

The Pfizer R&D Rotational Program is a two-year program. Participants will be immersed into the pharmaceutical business through four unique 6- month job rotations in diverse R&D disciplines. Each rotation will involve meaningful assignments and projects, mentorship and coaching, and collaborative interactions to develop business acumen and technical expertise and set them on the path to a pharmaceutical career.

Recent or near graduates with demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans at Pfizer are encouraged to apply.

What you need to apply:

  • Submit a brief written statement (no more than 500 words) in the cover letter section of your application. The written statement should explain how you have worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans, and how you will use your background or experiences to help Pfizer grow the pipeline for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans at Pfizer.
  • An updated resume with your graduation year and GPA clearly captured.
  • Your application is specific to the R&D Rotational Program. If you are interested in other Early Talent programs please visit https://www.pfizer.com/en/about/careers/early-careers to review other programs.

What we offer:

  • Strong focus on all aspects of drug discovery and development, including early research, mid-to late stage clinical development and operations, regulatory planning, and business support.

  • Challenging projects and assignments.

  • Leadership, teamwork and networking skills.

  • Rotations aligned to an individual’s interests and career aspirations.

Types of Experiences:

Laboratory and non-laboratory experiences are dependent on background and interest. There is a wide range of opportunities for each 6 month rotation. Examples include:

  • Assay development and analysis to discover new targets and pathways in disease areas.

  • Gene therapy, DNA and RNA vaccine development.

  • Single cell and spatial transcriptomics for characterizing gene expression in human and animal disease tissue.

  • Mid-to-late stage clinical trial design and execution.

  • Artificial intelligence and digital medicine.

  • Project planning, regulatory operations, global product labelling management, and US advertising and promotions.

  • Partnership with project teams working on early drug discovery to late stage clinical trial work.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Degree in Life Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology), Computer Science or Data Science preferred
  • Strong academic performance (minimum 3.3 GPA)
  • No more than 2 years full-time continuous work experience after graduation
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans at Pfizer, in particular growing the pipeline of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic and Native Americans at Pfizer

Non-Technical Skills Preferred:

  • Willingness to contribute fresh and innovative ideas
  • Technological aptitude; demonstrated experience to quickly learn new skills, adapt and change
  • Seizes accountability/self-starter
  • Team oriented
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willing to make a two-year commitment to the program


  • Must be immediately authorized to work in the U.S. without the employer’s sponsorship. Please note that Pfizer will not be able to provide visa or permanent residence sponsorship for this job or any derived full-time opportunity. Pfizer is an equal opportunity and E-Verify employer.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: September 22, 2023

The annual base salary for this position ranges from $53,100.00 to $88,500.00. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 7.5% of the base salary. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans. Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned locally, the US Salary range provided does not apply to the Tampa, FL or any EXUS locations.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.

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.

Bus Dev & Strategic Planning