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Senior Director, Research (Vivarium)

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Jun 5, 2023

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Senior Director, Research (Vivarium)
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

The successful candidate will oversee a team that supports daily pre-clinical center operations, establishes best research practices, and partners with groups across the research organization to develop a world-class in-vivo pharmacology program. The ideal candidate will have a background in pre-clinical research, vivarium operations, and animal models of disease, with a passion for accelerating the drug development process in a fast-paced, science-focused, and resource-rich environment.

Key Responsibilities
  • Direct oversight of the animal care and use program, including vivarium operations, regulatory compliance, and staff training
  • Management of pre-clinical research center space, including participation in the development and design of animal research facilities and/or allocation of space to support different research areas
  • Instill and enforce a culture of 3 Rs (Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction) in the daily decision-making of researchers
  • Maintain records to align with applicable local, state, federal regulations, animal welfare accreditation standards, and internal compliance regulations
  • Lead disease detection and surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and resolution program

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal or laboratory science, business, or related discipline with minimum of 15 years of lab animal program experience required
  • Background and experience in developing animal care and use, biosecurity, EHS and occupational health programs supporting in-vivo research
  • Experience in obtaining and keeping AAALAC accreditation
  • Experience in establishing and administering IACUC programs
  • Thorough knowledge of small animal medicine, anesthesia, and animal resource management in a research environment
  • People management skills with experience/desire to mentor and manage people of all backgrounds and experiences
  • Experience communicating and working with regulators, technical staff, senior leaders, and research scientists
  • Ability to identify key issues, bottlenecks, and cause/effects as they impact the business while facilitating the drive towards continuous improvement
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and team mindset


The Research department at Gilead Sciences (Foster City, CA) is seeking a talented and highly motivated Director to establish a new pre-clinical vivarium research center and build/lead the vivarium operations team. Once fully established, the pre-clinical research center at Gilead will be key to our early therapeutic discovery efforts, supporting multiple research groups, including the Virology, Oncology and Inflammation therapeutic areas, Non-Clinical Safety, Pathobiology, and Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics.

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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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