Senior Research Associate I - Immuno-oncology

Foster City, CA, US
Oct 20, 2020
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Senior Research Associate I - Immuno-oncology
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

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Gilead Sciences (Foster City, CA) is seeking a talented and highly motivated Senior Research Associate / Associate Scientist to join our Immuno-oncology group. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research team utilizes state-of-the-art technologies and innovative methodologies to advance medicines into the clinic. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the discovery, research, and development of novel immunotherapeutic agents to address unmet medical needs of cancer patients. S/he will have opportunities for career growth through acquisition of new skills, experiences, and professional relationships in a fast-paced and resource-rich environment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Independently plan, execute, analyze, and interpret in vitro immunological assays that support the initiation and/or advancement of drug candidate projects into the pipeline
  • Proactively evaluate new technologies and develop new assays to accelerate early-stage discovery activities and/or enhance our understanding of disease mechanisms
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and work cross-functionally with colleagues in the oncology, protein engineering, chemistry, translational medicine, biomarker and clinical groups
  • Presents research findings and recommendations to senior staff and contribute to preparation of research reports, manuscripts, INDs, and patent filings

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Master's degree and 0 years of experience or Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience in pharmaceutical sciences, cell biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry in industry or academia
  • Direct experience in research drug discovery and target identification / validation in oncology or immuno-oncology
  • Technical skills should include extensive experience in general molecular and cell biology methods, primary human and / or mouse tissue culture, cell separation / expansion and immunological techniques (especially multi-parameter flow cytometry)
  • Experience with cell-based assays for evaluation of cell signaling (e.g. western blot, reporter-based assays) and proliferation / survival using small-molecule inhibitors and biologics
  • Experience with methods to perturb gene function (e.g. RNAi, CRISPR, overexpression) and to deliver constructs (e.g. transfection, transduction) is a requirement
  • Experience with high-content / high-throughput assays and data is a plus (e.g. from flow cytometry, microscopy, NGS, or IHC)
  • Attention to detail with excellent organizational and record keeping skills is a requirement
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required

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