Senior Research Associate I - Antiviral Research

Foster City, CA, US
Nov 22, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Senior Research Associate I - Antiviral Research
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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Sr Research Associate - Antiviral Research

As a global leader in antiviral therapy, Gilead is committed to the prevention, treatment and cure of many viral infections of global significance. To continue expanding our antiviral research team, we are seeking a highly motivated Senior Research Associate I with experience in virology or related life sciences. The candidate will become an integral part of our team as we work to identify and develop novel agents for the treatment and prevention of major respiratory viral infections. Additionally, the candidate will have unique opportunities to contribute to our collaborative efforts in the discovery and development of new medical countermeasures for emerging and neglected viral pathogens that represent threats to global public health, including building upon Gilead's prior research and current response to coronavirus infections including support of further R&D work on Remdesivir.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Perform and optimize various virology and cell biology-based studies to support discovery and development of novel antiviral therapeutics.
  • Design and produce recombinant virus stocks using reverse genetic systems.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental results.
  • Identify of technical issues that may arise in experiments and assist in troubleshooting.
  • Properly document completed experimental methods and results in electronic lab notebooks.
  • Participate in cross-functional group meetings and present results
  • Work closely and collaboratively with team members and senior personnel as a representative of the respiratory and emerging virus group
  • Willingness to work under BSL3 conditions as needed.

Gilead is a fast-paced, data-driven, scientifically rigorous organization and the role will suit a scientist who is able to thrive in this type of environment.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Experience with cell culture, RT-qPCR, cloning and sequencing is essential.
  • Knowledge of antiviral assays, virus stock amplification, resistance analysis and ELISA is preferred.
  • Hands-on experience with respiratory viruses (RSV, HRV, SARS-CoV-2) a plus.
  • Desire to learn, implement and troubleshoot new assays.
  • Ability to independently plan and execute experiments that support project goals.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's of Science degree with 2+ years year of experience in Virology, Microbiology, Cell Biology or related life sciences field or Master's of Science degree
  • Molecular biology and lab skills such as cloning, cell culture and qPCR

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