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Sr Assoc Director, Virology Medical Writer

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Nov 25, 2022

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You will typically support the clinical team in the development of publications (abstracts/posters/orals and manuscripts) based on results from clinical trials. You will be expected to provide writing and editing support for publications to ensure complaint and timely submission of all publications

  • Draft and manage the review of abstracts posters, manuscripts, monographs, brochures and oral presentations for external release in coordination with HIV clinical research team
    • Apply basic knowledge and understanding of clinical data interpretation and biostatistical principals
    • Create timelines and coordinate team activities for document preparation and completion
    • Correspond with authors regarding document/presentation review
    • Review and amend work in response to feedback
    • Conduct reference searches
    • Proofread final draft media prior to production
    • Collect and submit disclosure forms and other required documentation for scientific conferences or journals
    • Prepare submission packages for submission of manuscripts to journals
    • Support abstract and poster preparation and submission process
    • Participate in and communicate with Publications Planning team
  • Provide onsite support at scientific meetings for internal and external speakers when needed
  • Ensure approval of all media prior to external release, as required
  • Develop, review and produce media associated with HIV Clinical Research expert panels, advisory boards and steering committees
  • Manage vendors and independent contract writers working on projects
  • Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry best practices for publication development including ICMJE and GPP recommendations, and guidelines for reporting clinical research
  • Maintain currency of knowledge in HIV therapeutic areas to increase understanding of publication and conference presentation content.
  • Establish and maintain HIV Clinical Research style guides and templates to ensure consistent application across all internal and external scientific communication
    • All templates and standards created will be consistent with applicable current regulatory and publication guidance
  • Excellent technical writing and project management skills.
    • Ability to correctly analyze data produced for assigned documents and effectively summarize key points for the individual compound and assimilate the results with an understanding of implications on the broader HIV therapeutic area perspective.
    • Ability to assimilate information and understand potential strategic implications within and across HIV therapeutic area.
  • Able to proactively identify and problem solve important issues to minimize risks. Is accountable, but appropriately seeks input and direction from Virology Clinical Development team members management for matters of critical importance.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
    • Can effectively communicate with a variety of teams and individuals, including team leadership and members of senior management staff.
  • Manage, review and contribute to draft initiative outputs produced by other writers, both internal and external.


We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. Please see the following for the qualifications and skills we seek for this role.

Minimum Education & Experience
  • PhD or PharmD in a scientific discipline with 5+ years' experience in the biopharma industry focusing on scientific writing/publication and presentation management
  • MS with 9+ years' relevant scientific and/or drug development experience.
  • BS or RN with 11+ years' relevant scientific and/or drug development experience.
  • Relevant experience in Virology is preferred.
  • Experience in the biopharma industry is preferred.
  • Significant experience working on and with cross-functional project / program teams in clinical research or development.
  • Experience supporting clinical publications and presentations is strongly preferred.

Knowledge & Other Requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to be a fast learner.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable to change, to move between projects easily and provide support/expertise where needed.
  • Proven analytical abilities as demonstrated through past experience.
  • Understands drug development phases and the nature of associated clinical trials across phases.
  • Knowledge of FDA and EMA regulations, ICH guidelines, GCP and familiarity with standard clinical procedures.
  • Has advanced knowledge of R&D and major disease areas, as evidenced by effectiveness supporting clinical projects.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • When needed, ability to travel.

For Colorado Job Applicants: The salary range for this position is:
$178,320.00 - $267,480.00
Gilead considers a range of factors, including background and experience, when determining base compensation. These considerations means actual compensation will vary.
Position is also eligible for bonus and benefits. For more information, visit

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S. employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.​

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Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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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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