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Director, Bioinformatics Research Data Sciences

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Jul 26, 2022
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Job Description
Director, Bioinformatics – Research Data Sciences

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Scientist/Director role in the growing team of Research Data Sciences. This individual will report to Executive Director, Head of Research Data Sciences and play a critical role in driving innovative data analytics and technology applications to support Research objectives, with a focus on immunology and inflammatory diseases. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead a team and work in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment to make significant impact on drug discovery and translational research.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead statistical and bioinformatics analysis of multi-omics datasets (transcriptomic, single cell sequencing, human genetics, high throughput screening, etc.) to support target discovery, pipeline programs and translational research
  • Develop novel analysis of large omics and high dimensional data from internal, publicly available, commercial, and real-world datasets to enable target identification/assessment, drug combinations, understanding of MOA, disease mechanisms, biomarker identification, etc.
  • Initiate and lead external collaborations with academic and industry partners to build data resources, drive technological innovations and deliver high impact results
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to analyze and interpret complex large datasets, communicate findings and recommend follow-up actions
  • Recruit, develop and mentor junior scientists

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Hands-on experience analyzing, interpreting, and integrating large-scale biological datasets, such as genomics, transcriptomics, single cell sequencing, proteomics, high throughput screening, etc.
  • Hands on experience in high performance computing (e.g., AWS) is preferred.
  • Expertise in developing algorithms and applications for predictive modeling, data mining and/or visualization of large scale multi-dimensional omics datasets.
  • Strong statistics knowledge, such as probability theory, statistical power, univariate and/or multi-variate analysis, unsupervised and supervised analysis, regression analysis, survival analysis, and/or deep learning, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of bioinformatics algorithms, genomic and proteomic technologies and high-throughput experimental techniques, e.g. next generation sequencing technologies, single cell technologies, and their applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with research scientists and cross-functional teams, and to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and strong leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated the ability to synthesize scientific questions into a coherent research effort and communicate scientific findings across different functional teams
  • A proactive and self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and scientific rigor, ability to work in a dynamic environment and able to manage multiple objectives in parallel and adapt to changing priorities

  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or a related field with 10+ years of work experience.
  • People management experience with strong interpersonal and communication skills that foster collaboration and teamwork.
  • Proficient in statistical data analysis of multi-omics and high dimensional data.
  • Proficient in programming languages such as R, Python and Shell and familiar with cloud computing environment.
  • Expert knowledge in immunology and/or inflammatory diseases
  • Strong publication track record in high impact peer-reviewed journals
  • Level will commensurate with experience.

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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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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