Associate Scientist I

Location
Foster City, California
Posted
Apr 26, 2018
Ref
1209177
Discipline
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Inflammation department at Gilead Sciences is seeking an experienced and highly motivated scientist to support therapeutic programs for inflammatory diseases. The successful candidate will contribute to discovery and pre-clinical development efforts of novel candidate drugs, including the design and execution of proof of concept and validation assays. The candidate will also drive studies assessing the mechanism of action of pre-clinical and clinical compounds. The candidate must be driven, interactive, and display scientific curiosity and rigor. Excellent organizational skills with regard to management of time, data, reagents and equipment are essential. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment, participate in regular group and team meetings and present results, interpret data, and formulate conclusions.

• Experience with evaluating cell signaling (Western blot, immunoprecipitation), cell culture (cell lines and human primary cell culture), transfection, developing and performing cell-based assays, immunoassays (ELISA, MSD, Luminex), molecular biology (DNA/RNA isolation, RT-qPCR, cloning) and biochemical assays to support discovery and/or validation of novel targets.

• Experience in analyzing tissue and serum/plasma samples from pre-clinical animal models.

• Good working knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and immunology.

• Strong analytical and computer skills, including proficiency with basic data analysis programs (Excel, Graphpad Prism, etc)

• Ability to troubleshoot and optimize assays as needed, identifying and applying novel techniques or protocols

• Experience with immunological assays (cell isolation and functional ex vivo cellular assays) and with flow cytometry and cell sorting (including design and execution of multi-color panels and antibody validation) is highly desirable.

• Prior knowledge and research experience with drug discovery, target identification and validation in inflammatory disease is preferred.

Essential Functions:

• Independently designs and executes complex experiments using appropriately selected methods and techniques to support routine and non-routine research activities and project goals.

• Uses excellent verbal and written skills to communicate clearly with colleagues and broader audiences.

• Ability to work productively in cross-functional teams, demonstrating strong inter-personal skills

• Must think critically and creatively, use problem-solving skills, and have strong organizational and planning skills

• Team-oriented, enthusiastic and flexible, able to manage more than one project at any given time.

• Stays current with scientific literature and applies knowledge appropriately to research projects.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

BS degree with 9+ years of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and immunology, or related experience in industry or academia. MS degree w/8+ years of industry experience.

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