Associate Scientist, Analytical Ops

Oceanside, CA
Jul 21, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Scientist, Analytical Ops
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.

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

Essential Duties and Job Functions
  • Works with Gilead internal researchers in the identification and selection of robust potency assays and optimization efforts for GMP applications.
  • Identifies and deploys orthogonal characterization methods to aid in identifying critical quality attributes.
  • Exercise considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignments, and should be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals, and provide results to team members across cross-functional roles/departments.
  • Proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.
  • Responsible for production and maintenance of all critical custom reagents and cell lines used in development and QC potency assays.
  • Contribute to developing and validating potency assays, confirming the potency of final drug substance and drug product, and supporting lot release and stability QC testing.
  • Participate in structure activity relationship work as part of a team to characterize the molecule, degradation pathways and define critical quality attributes in a phase appropriate context.
  • Participate in process development and compatibility studies.
  • Under general supervision, develop and validate potency assays to support biological drug development.
  • Operate scientific equipment, selects appropriate methods and techniques to perform experiments, and prepare related reports. Plans and organizes details of experiments with guidance.

Essential Education, & Skills:
  • 3+ years of experience with M.Sc. or MS in biology or relevant scientific discipline, OR 5 years of experience with B.S. degree
  • Demonstrate hands-on experimental responsibilities in the laboratory including aseptic technique, routine cell culturing and performance of plate-based assays.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and technical) and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Must be able to work in highly flexible and effective teams.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative working environment.
  • A good understanding of Bioassay method development (ELISA, Receptor Binding, Flow Cytometry, and Cell-based) for early and late stage biotherapeutics is required.
  • Candidates should be self-motivated and organized, familiar with the relevant literature, and enjoy scientific investigation and thinking, proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.

Preferred Skills:
  • Knowledge of GMP, GLP or GxP is highly preferred.
  • Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Demonstrates high attention to detail, ability to recognize anomalous and inconsistent results and interpret experimental outcomes.
  • Demonstrates technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought in suggesting experimental design and research strategy.
  • Experience with GMP validation and testing is preferred.

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