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Sr. Research Associate I, Analytical Operations

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Oceanside, CA
Start date
Mar 21, 2023

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Sr. Research Associate I, Analytical Operations
United States - California - Oceanside

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.

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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

Job Responsibilities
  • This role reports into a Potency and Functional Characterization group, supporting the Biologics Analytical Operations department at Gilead Oceanside. This position will involve development of new potency methods suitable for QC testing, as well as participation in method validations and transfers to external contract laboratories. This is a highly collaborative environment where willingness and ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals across various project teams is essential.

  • Under supervision, develop and optimize new assays to define GMP potency platforms.
  • Contribute to the validation and/or method transfers of potency assays for early, late phase, and commercial biologics programs.
  • Characterize, produce and maintain critical reagents and cell lines used in potency assays, including optimization and preparation of large-scale ready-to-use cell banks.
  • Prepare test methods, validation protocols and reports.
  • Participate in routine sample testing for process development and compatibility studies.
  • Participate in structure-activity relationship work as part of a team to characterize the molecule, degradation pathways and define critical quality attributes in a phase appropriate context.
  • Identifies and deploys orthogonal characterization methods to aid in identifying critical quality attributes.
  • Participates in group meetings. Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.
  • Uses good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills to provide insight into the processes used to achieve results of assigned tasks.
  • Recognize anomalous and inconsistent results and interpret experimental outcomes.
  • Continues to develop skills in data analysis and ability to evaluate quality of data.

Knowledge & Skills
  • Understanding of Bioassay method development (ELISA, Receptor Binding, Flow Cytometry, and Cell-based) for early and late stage biotherapeutics is required.
  • Demonstrate hands-on experimental responsibilities in the laboratory for potency method development, testing, and cell culture.
  • The applicant should be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across cross-functional roles/departments
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.
  • Self-motivated and organized, familiar with the relevant literature, and enjoy scientific investigation and thinking
  • Exceptional attention to detail in documentation, good organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills with ability to multitask while working under restrictive timelines.

Education & Experience
  • 2+ years of experience in a QC GMP environment Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline OR Master's Degree in a Scientific discipline
  • Prior experience in pharmaceutical industry preferred.

The salary range for this position is: $81,940.00 - $106,040.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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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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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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