Sr Research Scientist II - Bioinformatics

Foster City, CA
Nov 26, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Sr Research Scientist II - Bioinformatics
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:

The Department of Clinical Bioinformatics at Gilead is seeking a highly motivated clinical data scientist to lead the analysis of genomic (e.g. NGS) and biomarker data collected from patient subjects enrolled in Gilead's clinical trials with focus on virology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead a team and work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment to support clinical development programs or translation of clinical findings. In addition, the candidate will contribute to presentation and publication of clinical genomics and biomarker findings either as a peer reviewed publications or regulatory documents.

Essential Functions:
  • Provide scientific input and leadership to enable the team to analyze complex clinical data, including but not limited to genomic data, protein assay data, cytokine and chemokine data from patient samples to enable a better patient stratification and biomarker selections in clinical trials, focusing on virology disease areas (e.g. HBV, HIV, SARS-COV-2).
  • Supervise junior data scientists to execute the data analysis plan and present actionable results to enable the company to meet its regulatory, scientific and business objectives.
  • Lead and initiate both internal and external collaborations in large-scale clinical data analysis to support corporate long-term development goals.
  • Develop analysis pipelines and applications to make analysis results and findings available to research and development colleagues at Gilead
  • Hire, train and guide junior data scientists and staffs within the team.

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or a related field with 7+ years of work experience.
  • People management experience with strong interpersonal and communication skills that foster collaboration and teamwork.
  • Proficient in statistical data analysis of genomic and biological data.
  • Proficient in at least one of following programing languages: R, Python and Shell in a Linux environment.
  • Expert knowledge in virology or immunology desired
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals and industrial experience is preferred

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