Pfizer Senior Scientist, Computational Sciences in Andover, Massachusetts


Pfizer is committed to the application of computational sciences in the area of drug development and has recently made a large investment in compute infrastructure. This will be used for (a) the design, selection and characterization of pharmaceutical solid forms, (b) the design and selection of excipients to create optimized dosage forms (c) and developing virtual processes to manufacture drug products for both batch and continuous processes. The successful candidate will build, manage, and design this key technology delivering it across the global WRD organization servicing hundreds of colleagues in the area of computational sciences. In addition they will work closely with their counterparts in Medicinal Sciences as well as effectively communicate sophisticated computational methodologies and technologies to non-specialists.


  • The successful candidate will become a go-to technical expert and a key support contact for Computational Scientists performing work in a High Performance Computing (HPC) environment (both internal and cloud based with CPUs and GPUs).

  • Interface between computational scientists working on project related matters and HPC engineers responsible for maintaining hardware and other core services to maximize the benefit of HPC and cloud capabilities. Provide guidance to IT operational teams and promote HPC adoption with community.

  • Install, compile, troubleshoot, optimize, and document use of scientific software (both off-the-shelf and in-house) in a scheduled Linux computing environment and work with software vendors

  • Develop user documentation and training targeted at application scientists for scientific computing hardware and software

  • Develop tools that enable new functionality or link scientific applications with HPC or other internal resources

  • Attend technical meetings and relevant scientific conferences


  • PhD or MSc in Computational Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computational Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field required, or equivalent experience

  • 2-5 years experience applying/managing scientific software in a high performance compute environment.

  • Excellent Linux skills, including scripting (bash, python, perl or other), building/installing software from source code and using software distribution packages (e.g., rpm, yum, easybuild)

  • Experience working with a queuing and scheduling system (e.g. LSF, SLURM, or PBS)

  • Working knowledge of running computational chemistry or chemical engineering software on high performance computers

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and excellent in a team environment

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, dynamically determining priority based on need, while keeping all customers apprised of the status of their request(s)

  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot issues related to machine configuration, environment settings, libraries etc.


  • A wide range of other skills useful for supporting a community of computational scientists will be considered favorably, e.g., configuration management, containers, GPUs, computational chemistry, fluid dynamics, C/C++/Matlab/Perl/Python/Ruby, Linux administration

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