Intern- Analytical Operations, Core Teams

Foster City, CA, United States
Dec 15, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Intern- Analytical Operations, Core Teams
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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Evaluate innovative strategies to characterize polymeric excipients in Gilead long-acting injectible and/or dry powder formulations. Example applications may include use of size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), use of multi-angle light scattering (MALS) detection, refractive index detection, viscosity measurement, and assessment of forced degradation samples. The intern will work under direct supervision of experienced analytical chemist performing R&D analyses using a range of chromatographic techniques and data processing methodology. Training will include basic hands-on introduction to quantitative sample preparation, liquid chromatography, and forced degradation studies designed to characterize stability of polymeric excipients used in novel drug product formulations.

Specific Responsibilities & Desired Outcomes

The analyst will evaluate a variety of analytical techniques and detection methods to demonstrate that polymeric excipients can be detected, characterized and quantified. The project will require preparation of test samples including samples that have been subjected to accelerated degradation conditions to generate potential degradation products. Those samples will then be analyzed to assess molecular weight distribution, polydispersity, co-polymer ratio, and potential changes in conformation (e.g., branched or linear polymer). The analyst will be responsible for preparation of reagents and materials to execute experiments. Under the guidance of an experienced analyst, the intern will execute research experiments using alternative chromatographic separations and detection modes and various sample preparation techniques. The analyst will organize these results into concise research summaries and provide a final presentation documenting the outcome of the research studies.

Candidate Experience, Knowledge, and Area of Study

Completion of 3-years of chemistry education in a bachelor's degree program, including laboratory courses. Completion of coursework in analytical and organic chemistry is desired to provide a background in chromatography and reaction mechanisms related to polymer degradation.

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