Sr. Research Scientist II - Discovery Virology

Foster City, CA
Jan 22, 2022
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Sr. Research Scientist II - Discovery Virology
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

Gilead Sciences (Foster City, CA) is seeking a highly motivated, experienced, and innovative scientist with a background in immunology and strong interest in investigating novel approaches to achieve antiretroviral free viral control or cure of HIV infection. The goal of our team is to conduct rigorous pre-clinical testing of the most promising approaches and to rapidly advance them to clinical trials. The successful candidate will lead drug discovery teams and evaluate opportunities for targeting latently infected cells and achieving long term immune-mediated control of HIV.

Key Responsibilities
  • Design and oversee research to identify and evaluate new molecular targets, therapeutic concepts, and therapeutic agents for HIV
  • Build internal expertise in the understanding of HIV immunology and latency
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and work cross-functionally with colleagues in the virology, protein engineering, chemistry, drug metabolism, drug safety, biomarker, bioinformatics, and clinical groups
  • Mentor a group of highly effective scientific staff, including Research Scientists and/or Associates, in the initiation and execution of laboratory experiments
  • Proactively evaluate new technologies and develop new assays to enhance our understanding of disease mechanisms
  • Identify and support relevant external collaborations and evaluations of business development opportunities
  • Present research findings and recommendations to senior scientific leadership team and contribute to

preparation of research reports, manuscripts, INDs, and patent filings

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • PhD or equivalent degree in immunology, virology, cell biology, molecular biology, or a related scientific discipline and minimum of 7 years of experience after post-doctoral fellowship in industry or academia. Title to be adjusted commensurate with experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute well-designed, decision-making experiments
  • Experience in general molecular and cell biology methods, primary tissue culture, cell separation / expansion and immunological techniques
  • Makes contributions to scientific literature and conferences through publication and presentation of research results
  • Ability to synthesize complex scientific problems into a strategy and tactics
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required
  • Strong motivation, attention to detail, ability to think independently and fully integrate into a high achieving team environment

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