Associate Scientist, Analytical Operations
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.
Gilead Sciences is currently seeking an Associate Scientist in our Analytical Operations group at our Oceanside facility in Southern California.
Associate Scientist, Analytical Operations
Role and Responsibilities:
- The candidate will contribute to the developing and validating potency assays, confirming the potency final drug substance and drug product, participating 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. The candidate will also participate in process development and compatibility studies, as required.
- 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. Responsible for production and maintenance of all critical custom reagents and cell lines used in potency assays.
- The applicant should be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across cross-functional roles/departments. Ability to proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment. This is a highly collaborative environment where willingness and ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals across various project teams is essential.
- 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. The applicant is also expected to exercise considerable latitude in determining objectives and approaches to assignments, and should be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals, and results to team members across cross-functional roles/departments.
Essential Duties and Job Functions:
- Independently plans and executes assigned experiments that support non-routine development activities and project goals.
- Applies advanced level of understanding project goals and methods.
- Collaborates with supervisory personnel to develop methods.
- Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
- Acts as a resource for other employees within the department.
- Maintains familiarity with scientific literature and applies appropriately to research projects.
- Strong verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required.
- Develops skills in data analysis and ability to evaluate quality of data.
- Must think critically and creatively and be able to work independently, determine appropriate resources for resolution of problems and have strong organizational and planning skills.
- May create API or drug product specifications.
- Operates scientific equipment, selects appropriate methods and techniques to perform experiments, and prepare related reports. Plan and organize details of experiments with guidance.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
- BA or BS degree + 8 years of experience in Chemistry or Biology
- MS degree + 6 years of experience in Chemistry or Biology
- Knowledge of GMP, GLP or GxP is highly preferred.
- Good communication skills (both verbal and technical) and interpersonal skills are required. Must be able to work in highly flexible and effective teams.
- Exercises independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Demonstrates 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.
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Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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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