Associate Scientist, Biologics Analytical Operations, (Bioassay) Oceanside, CA

Oceanside, CA, US
Nov 04, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Scientist, Biologics Analytical Operations, (Bioassay) Oceanside, CA
United States - California - Oceanside

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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Associate Scientist, Biologics Analytical Operations

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 operations at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. As part of the Analytical Operations organization, the Associate Scientist - Bioassay/Function Group will be responsible for the development and qualification of bioassays for potency measurement to support release testing and extended characterization to gain a better understanding mechanism of action for early and late stage biologics drug candidates.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills for Position:
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with various bioassay methods (eg. ELISA, AlphaScreen, cell-based, flow cytometry) and various detection technologies (eg. fluorescence, luminescence) is a must.
  • Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture and the utilization of cell-based assays (eg.reporter gene, primary) is strongly desired.
  • Experience with Biacore (spr) instrument for kinetic binding assays is preferred.
  • Experience with statistical approaches for assay development and data analysis for biological assays is desirable.
  • Able to independently design, troubleshoot and execute laboratory experiments for multiple projects.
  • Able to independently use instrumentation, computer systems and software for data acquisition and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn new techniques/knowledge quickly.
  • Strong communication skills especially with regard to communicating ideas, project goals and results to team members in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Participates in method development, robustness, qualification and validation of biological assays including cell-based and binding assays.
  • Writes technical reports and authors/reviews regulatory documents.
  • Plans and executes assigned experiments, with increasing independence and an advanced level of understanding for project goals and methods.
  • Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
  • Acts as a resource for other employees within the department.
  • Maintains familiarity with scientific literature and applies appropriately to research projects.
  • Demonstrate good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Works with collaborative communication and problem solving spirit.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • 7+ years of experience with BS degree or 5+ years of experience with MS degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology or a related scientific discipline.
  • Relevant biotech/pharmaceutical experience with bioassay development and sustained excellence in performance and accomplishments that align with company goals.
  • Independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Demonstrates ability to recognize anomalous and inconsistent results, and interpret experimental outcomes.
  • Must think critically and creatively, be able to work independently, and determine appropriate resources for resolution of problems
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

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