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Research Scientist - HIV Clinical Virology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Mar 26, 2023

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Research Scientist - HIV Clinical Virology
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.

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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

Gilead is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative Scientist to support the development of novel therapeutics aimed at treating, preventing and eradicating HIV. The successful candidate will function as a team member in HIV Clinical Virology, focused on the characterization of HIV medications and other therapeutic interventions through in vitro assays, translational models, and clinical studies. The scientist will carry out these responsibilities as a member of a cross-functional R&D group, working with both internal and external collaborators.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

  • Design and execute laboratory experiments to characterize the in vitro resistance profile of antiviral drugs, monitor the emergence and characterize drug resistance in patient samples, and assist in mechanism of action studies.
  • Organize experimental details and be proficient in both data management and the preparation of summary reports.
  • Set up vendor contracts and manage clinical sample shipment and testing.
  • Support clinical studies through virology assay development and implementation, data analysis, biostatistical analyses, and writing regulatory documents.
  • Communicate results and interpretation in group and team meetings.
  • Present findings at conferences and author scientific publications.
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific advances in relevant fields from literature and scientific meetings.
  • Effective team player who can think critically and creatively, work independently, and resolve problems to achieve results.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • PhD or equivalent degree in virology, or relevant scientific discipline.
  • 0-3 years of post-doctoral experience in industrial or academic settings.
  • Experience with virology, molecular biology, sequencing, and cell culture techniques.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Experience with clinical samples and knowledge of clinical trials preferred.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work collaboratively in a high-paced, cross-functional team environment.

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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., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong 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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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.

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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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