Sr Director, Scientific Writer/Medical Writer

Foster City, CA
Jul 21, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Sr Director, Scientific Writer/Medical Writer
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.

Making an impact on a global scale
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.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Oversee all publications and presentations for the Virology TA
  • Draft key manuscripts as needed
  • Coordinate and attend Trial Guidance Publication Committee meetings and correspond with members concerning manuscripts in progress
  • Work with the project teams to develop, review, and produce abstracts, posters, and oral presentations for presentation at scientific congresses
  • Supervise the work of vendors contracted to produce meeting materials

Essential Duties and Job Functions
  • Maintain currency of knowledge in functional and therapeutic areas through:
    • Monitoring, reviewing, and researching specialist media and literature
    • Attendance at relevant scientific meetings to track new developments in the field and to establish and maintain relations with leading researchers
    • Monitoring and review of emerging industry standards regarding publication and presentation of scientific information
    • Represent the Virology TA in the Publication Planning process as conducted by Medical Affairs
    • Review and revise draft publication plans
    • Attend meetings of the Publication Planning Committee
    • Supervise the Associate Director of publications for the Virology TA

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

Typically requires a higher degree such PharmD or PhD in clinical research, clinical pharmacology, or other relevant field with experience in the pharmaceutical industry, or with a contract research organization or an academic institution.
BS degree with 14+years of relevant experience, MS with12+ years of relevant experience or PhD with 8+years experience.

  • Knowledge of clinical trial design

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to communicate comfortably with external investigators and experts in planning scientific publications

  • Must have a good working knowledge of best publication practices

  • Must be able to design and use all available vehicles for effective scientific communication within the company

    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.

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