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Research Scientist - Discovery Sciences and Technologies

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Mar 3, 2023

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Research Scientist - Discovery Sciences and Technologies
United States - California - Foster City

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

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative Research Scientist to join the Discovery Sciences and Technologies (DST) Department and contribute to our biochemistry and cell biology capabilities to enable the identification and nomination of small molecule and biologics drug candidates across all therapeutic areas at Gilead.

DST Department members are responsible for the design and execution of rigorous, quantitative, and physiologically-relevant in vitro biochemical and functional cellular assays.

They collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams to discover and evolve drug candidates from lead identification efforts during project inception to the characterization of the final development candidate.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of the DST research team and work closely with various Research functions such as medicinal chemistry, structural biology and protein therapeutics to advance transformational therapies into clinical development for patients. Gilead is a highly matrixed organization and the ability to work effectively across diverse functional groups and therapeutic areas is a key attribute for this role.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Development of robust biochemical and cellular assays to measure drug potency as well as functional activity.
  • Apply diverse in-vitro pharmacology methods and approaches to elucidate mechanisms of inhibitor action on target proteins and cellular signaling pathways.
  • Perform critical experiments to enable hit identification and lead optimization across therapeutic modalities.
  • Provide scientific insight and in-depth data interpretation to inform decision making at the project team and leadership levels.
  • Evaluate and implement new technologies to support advancement of internal programs and core group functions.
  • May involve mentoring associates, providing scientific direction and guidance.
  • Contribute to several projects at any given time, work successfully in a cross-functional team environment and communicate clearly both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD (with minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience) or B.Sc. (with a minimum of 10 years of experience) in cellular biology, biochemistry, immunology or a related scientific discipline.
  • Strong technical background in assay development (cellular or biochemical) and experience with various assay readouts.
  • Track record of productivity in diverse work environments.
  • The candidate should be able to think critically and creatively across multiple disciplines and have demonstrated the ability to answer complex scientific questions using in vitro assays.
  • Must be detail orientated and organized.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with enthusiasm for working in an environment characterized by rigorous scientific and innovative thinking.
  • Excellent written and oral organizational skills.

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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.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

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

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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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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