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Information session: Pfizer R&D Professional Development Program

Modified: August 22, 2017

Job Description

Each year a select number of accomplished researchers with graduate degrees are recruited from top universities for Pfizer Essential Health’s Professional Development Program (PDP). The PDP is an intensive, two-year rotational program that provides recent graduates with the opportunity to experience each stage of the product development life cycle. The program is designed to accelerate participants’ personal and professional growth through hands-on experience as part of cross-functional teams, dedicated mentorship from senior leaders, and challenging assignments critical to deliver essential medicines for global health. This experience prepares PDP scientists for diverse career options at the end of the program, as the next generation of leaders for Pfizer.


  • Graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biomedical/chemical engineering, or an equivalent discipline
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated leadership ability
  • Relevant research, work experiences, or internships
  • Passion for learning and pursuing a career in the health care industry
  • Academic achievement as demonstrated by research publications, presentations, or equivalent
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills

About Pfizer Essential Health

At Pfizer Essential Health we combine our history of industry leadership, comprehensive knowledge of global healthcare markets, and vast portfolio of trusted, quality medicines to benefit patients around the world at virtually every stage of life. We bring insight to action through our global reach and the breadth and depth of our capabilities, delivering value to health systems in more than 160 developed and developing markets. Whether it’s using new technology and our deep experience to increase access to an essential medicine or combat an emerging health risk, our ability to innovate and anticipate customer and patient needs continues to allow us to make meaningful and inspired contributions to improving global health.

Campus Visit

Information Session:

Evanston Campus - Wednesday, September 6th, 12 –1 pm in Tech. Institute A230 (lunch will be provided)

Interviews: Wednesday, September 6th, 1:30 – 5 pm (Location to be sent out via email)


For questions, please email: RandDPDP@pfizer.com. Please include university in subject heading.

They encourage everyone to attend to learn about the program, even if you are not planning to apply immediately.  Please RSVP to Pamela Carpentier (pamela.carpentier@northwestern.edu)  if you plan to attend the Chicago session.  

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