Research Scientist, Discovery Sciences and Technologies

Foster City, CA
Jan 26, 2022
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Research Scientist, Discovery Sciences and Technologies
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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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

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Research Scientist to join our Discovery Sciences and Technologies Department. The candidate's responsibility will focus on assay development, optimization, and execution of in vitro screens utilizing common HTS tools as well as novel approaches to support both drug discovery and new target identification efforts for multiple therapeutic areas within Gilead Discovery Research portfolio. The candidate will serve as core team member representing functional area and provide expertise in identifying and implementing target- and disease-relevant (oncology and inflammation) biochemical, biophysics and cellular assays using state of the art technologies. The candidate should have proven record of applying sound scientific judgement to answer critical questions, as well as a proven ability to design and implement appropriate experiments. Ability to work collaboratively in a high-pace, multi-disciplinary, matrix environment is essential.

Key responsibilities:

  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity necessary to conceive, develop, optimize and execute in vitro assays to support drug discovery efforts
  • Design and execute large scale primary and secondary screens to identify hits and support specific aspects of the screening strategy such as designing and carrying out mechanism of action studies
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, working cross-functionally in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain a cutting-edge awareness of technical developments and scientific knowledge and apply these where possible to improve performance
  • Present results of work, interpret data, and draw conclusions in a fully independent manner
  • Independently write scientific/technical reports and presentations
  • Serve as functional area expert with in-depth technical knowledge for projects
  • Must think critically and work resourcefully to resolve problems
  • Present research updates to project teams and R&D management


  • PhD in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, biology or related field.
  • 0-3 or more years of conducting relevant research in academic (postdoctoral research) or pharmaceutical setting
  • Experiences in functional in-vitro assays in the area of oncology and inflammation diseases
  • Experience in one of the four areas below will be advantages:
    • oncology or immunology
    • the application of analytical chemistry or biophysics tools (e.g. mass spec, SPR)
    • high-throughput screening, utilization of laboratory automation equipment and associated data analysis
    • whole genome screens (siRNA or CRISPR-Cas9)
  • Adaptability and the ability to learn new techniques rapidly are essential
  • Ability to multitask and successfully interact with a diverse team of scientists to deliver results meeting the needs of various stakeholder groups is essential

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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