Senior Research Associate II Biologics Discovery

Foster City, CA
Apr 27, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Gilead 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.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Biologics Discovery group is a specialized team within the Protein Therapeutics function that is responsible for the discovery and optimization of biologic drug candidates. We seek a highly motivated Senior Research Associate to join this team in a newly created position. The successful candidate will contribute to antibody discovery as part of a cross-functional team specializing in the discovery and screening of novel biologic modalities in support of all therapeutic areas at Gilead.

Job Responsibilities:

In this laboratory-based role, the successful candidate will support efforts to generate novel antibody-based therapeutics through single B-cell technologies. Ideally, the applicant has a strong foundation in molecular biology and cloning. Job requirements:
  • Drive antibody discovery by conducting B-cell isolation, antibody molecular cloning and reformatting, and initial characterization.
  • Independently design, analyze and interpret experiments for the discovery and characterization of the isolated antibodies and alternate binder formats.
  • Collaborate with Research Data Sciences and Discovery Sciences & Technology colleagues to support NGS-based antibody discovery and functional characterization and antibodies and alternate binder formats, respectively
  • Present scientific results in multiple settings and attend project team meetings.
  • Deliver scientific results for publications, patents and regulatory submissions.
  • Maintain familiarity with relevant scientific literature


M.S./B.S. in biological sciences, preferably with at least 3-4 years of relevant professional experience and a proven track record in molecular biology and preferably antibody discovery.

An ideal candidate will have experience in most of the following areas:

  • Strong expertise in molecular biology required. Working knowledge in next generation sequencing techniques a plus.
  • Experience in biochemical assays and quantitative analysis of protein-protein binding interactions highly desired. Hands-on experience in antibody discovery and development methods a plus.
  • Experience analyzing sequencing datasets required. Experience analyzing antibody sequences highly desired.
  • Experience in single-cell FACS sorting highly desired. Working knowledge in other single-cell technologies a plus.
  • Mammalian cell culture and transient protein expression experience is a plus.
  • Highly organized and capable to track multiple, complex workflows.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with an ability to work in a dynamic, collaborative, and evolving environment.

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