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VP, Cancer Cell Biology, Research Oncology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Nov 1, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology
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VP, Cancer Cell Biology, Research Oncology
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 Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

VP, Cancer Cell Biology, Research Oncology

Reporting to the Head of Research Oncology, the Vice President, Cancer Cell Biology will provide strategic leadership and management of Gilead's tumor-intrinsic drug discovery programs. The successful candidate will work in close partnership with the head of Research Oncology to provide scientific and organizational leadership for oncology programs at varied stages of drug discovery and development. This leader will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other executives, leaders, and stakeholders in the Gilead Research and Development organization, including members of Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Therapeutics, Structural Biology, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology, Oncology Biomarkers, and Oncology Clinical development.

As head of Gilead's tumor-intrinsic therapeutic discovery efforts, this leader will lead and grow a talented group of scientists, providing strategic and technical leadership for multidisciplinary, cross-functional drug discovery project teams. The successful candidate will also represent Gilead Research externally and serve as a key driver and decision maker in business and corporate development opportunities related to tumor-intrinsic therapeutics and platforms.

The ideal candidate is a creative and innovative cancer cell biologist with senior-level strategic, scientific, and technical leadership experience across mid-to-large-sized teams and substantial experience in the successful discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics targeting tumor-intrinsic oncogenic signaling and/or immune evasion pathways.

The leader will be responsible for managing timelines, milestones, and objectives for tumor-intrinsic therapeutic discovery programs and helping to develop and maintain top talent within the Gilead Oncology Research department.

  • Ability to function and lead in a highly collegial, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Successful leadership and management of multi-disciplinary scientific teams from target discovery to candidate nomination to IND.
  • Responsibility for multiple projects, developing and orchestrating timelines to achieve Gilead's goals and milestones.
  • Devise and execute an innovative strategy for targeting tumor-intrinsic pathways to promote cancer cell death and immune stimulation. Demonstrated ability to align scientific focus and research with evolving corporate objectives and strategic priorities.
  • Successful experience in crafting and implementing research and pre-clinical strategies resulting in successful patent and IND filings.
  • Deep scientific knowledge and curiosity, with a passion for target discovery and advancing a world-class research oncology therapeutic portfolio. The generation of novel intellectual property and publication in top-tier journals is expected.
  • Critically evaluate external technologies and innovations to support in-licensing and partnering efforts. Clearly articulate developing opportunities and threats and evaluate options against anticipated commercial and scientific trends.
  • Represent Gilead externally at scientific meetings, advisory boards, and through high impact presentations, publications, and other scientific communications.

  • Recognized leader in the field of small molecule oncology drug discovery, with a record of scientific accomplishment and publication.
  • Doctorate and/or medical degree in oncology, cell biology, or related disciplines with relevant post-doctoral experience.
  • 15+ years of relevant industry experience, in a biopharmaceutical setting with extensive experience leading drug discovery project teams from lead optimization to successful investigational new drug-enabling approval.
  • Expertise and deep knowledge in cancer cell biology, oncogenic signaling pathways, target discovery screens, and/or mechanisms of tumor cell immune evasion.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead high-performing multidisciplinary drug discovery teams, set clear direction and priorities, enabling cross-functional collaboration, empowering people, and developing and mentoring talent.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, with an enthusiasm for leading in an environment characterized by rigorous scientific and innovative thinking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Gilead Core Values

Integrity (Doing What's Right)

Inclusion (Encouraging Diversity)

Teamwork (Working Together)

Excellence (Being Your Best)

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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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