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Research Scientist - Oncology drug discovery

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Seattle, WA
Start date
Nov 19, 2022

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Research Scientist - Oncology drug discovery
United States - Washington - Seattle

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

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences (Seattle, WA) is seeking a talented and highly motivated Research Scientist to support Oncology drug discovery and development projects. The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative, dynamic, and fast-paced environment, utilizing state-of-the art technologies and innovative approaches to advance new cancer medicines into the clinic. In this role they will contribute to cross-functional project teams focused on (but not limited to) small molecule therapeutics targeting tumor cell-intrinsic pathways in solid tumors. The position provides significant opportunities for early career growth through acquisition of new skills, experiences, and professional relationships.

Key Responsibilities
  • Independently plan, execute, analyze, and interpret experiments to validate novel drug targets and generate proof-of-concept data to support early-stage projects
  • Proactively review scientific literature and to develop knowledge of target biology, formulate hypotheses, and identify relevant experimental approaches
  • Investigate new technologies and assay platforms to accelerate early-stage discovery research and/or enhance understanding of disease mechanisms
  • Independently research and implement experimental techniques to characterize the activity of small molecules and investigate their mechanism of action in cell-based cancer models
  • Work cross-functionally with colleagues in other research groups (e.g., chemistry, high throughput biology, bioinformatics, in vivo pharmacology, biomarker sciences) and with CROs
  • Present research findings and recommendations to senior staff and contribute to preparation of research reports, manuscripts, INDs, and patent filings
  • May manage a Research Associate or direct members of a project team in the initiation and execution of laboratory experiments

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • PhD degree in cellular biology, molecular biology, or cancer-related discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience with strong record of achievement in an academic or industry setting
  • Direct experience studying cellular pathways involved in cancer development. Expertise in at least one of the following areas is highly desired: oncogene/tumor suppressor pathways, cell cycle regulation, DNA damage repair & replication stress, cancer cell death, synthetic lethality, or mechanisms of chemoresistance
  • Proficiency working with cancer cell line models is essential. Experience with 3-D cultures, tumor organoids, and/or cancer mouse models is an asset.
  • Hands-on experience with assays used to measure gene/protein expression and cell signaling (e.g., RT-qPCR, Nanostring, Western blot, Simple Western, ELISA, MSD, Luminex, flow cytometry)
  • Hands-on experience with techniques used to modulate gene expression or protein function (e.g., RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9, targeted protein degradation, cell line engineering)
  • Prior experience handling and evaluating small molecules in cellular assays is an asset
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to address complex and challenging biological questions

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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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