Senior Research Scientist II (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside C

Foster City, CA
Aug 28, 2020
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Senior Research Scientist II (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside CA


Senior Research Scientist II (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside CA


Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.


Job Description


Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.


Gilead has an opportunity for an experienced candidate in our Biologics Development group at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking motivated, team-oriented individuals with scientific expertise in Downstream Process Development as well as clinical and commercial operations related to recombinant proteins.


Reporting to a Director, Downstream Development, Biologics, you will have the opportunity to work in teams for the early and late stage development of our protein molecules.


Specific Responsibilities:


• Lead phase-appropriate downstream process development and technology transfer activities for monoclonal antibody, recombinant protein, and novel platform programs


• Set strategy for process scale-up, FMEAs, process robustness and characterization studies, process validation, and regulatory filings


• Review GMP and non-GMP technical documentation (batch records, SOPs, validation protocols & reports; process characterization protocols and reports)


• Support investigations and identify root causes for critical deviations


• Support internal and external manufacturing including travel to sites


• Participate on and lead cross-functional CMC teams


• Demonstrate hands-on technical leadership in the laboratory, oversee and delegate experimental/project responsibilities as needed, and write/review development summary reports and author sections of regulatory submissions.


• Be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across functional roles/departments. Proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.


• Be self-motivated and organized, familiar with the relevant literature, and enjoy scientific investigation and thinking.


• Lead, motivate, and develop the people in their group.


• Routinely make decisions affecting direction of project to ensure project timelines are met.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills:


• PhD in a relevant scientific discipline with ≥ 7 years of industry experience.


• BS or MS degree with extensive industry experience.


• Supervisory experience is required.


• Experience from clinical process development to licensure and commercial manufacturing is preferred


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