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Associate Scientist, Small Molecule Process Chemistry

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Mar 27, 2024

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Associate Scientist, Small Molecule Process Chemistry
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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At Gilead, we're creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we've tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer - working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world's biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

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Associate Scientist, Small Molecule Process Chemistry

Foster City, CA

Gilead Sciences currently has an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated scientist to join our Process Chemistry group in the Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing (PDM) organization. With your commitment and drive, you will be part of a cross-functional drug development team whose goal is to develop curative medicines helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. With state-of-the-art research facilities and a team of experienced scientists who are passionate about developing drugs, the Process Chemistry group at Gilead empowers every chemist to take part in the act of innovation. You will see the tangible results of your contributions in this dynamic workplace, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through on-going development. Our science-focused pursuit of excellence and teamwork has resulted in break-through developments of many life-changing novel marketed products that are benefiting millions of people. With a robust pipeline of drug candidates at every developmental stage, at Gilead you will have ample opportunities to make meaningful contributions to our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases. Gilead's core values of integrity, inclusion, teamwork, excellence, and accountability shape our culture and are the foundation of our future success. Challenge yourself and make a difference in the world - Make your mark here at Gilead.

**This is a site-based position in Foster City, CA

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Plans and executes assigned experiments, with increasing independence, that support Process Chemistry activities and project goals.
  • Independently executes reactions and makes key improvements during reaction, work-up and isolation.
  • Selects appropriate methods and techniques in performing research and avoids reactions and processes that do not scale well.
  • Demonstrates and applies advanced level of understanding of project goals and methods.
  • Maintains familiarity with scientific literature and applies appropriately to research projects.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to develop methods.
  • May lead or participate in specialized technology working groups to support project initiatives and/or experimentation.
  • May contribute to scientific literature and conferences through the publication and presentation of research results.
  • Always works with safety in mind.
  • Prepares and presents updates at project team and departmental meetings that interpret data, draw conclusions, and propose next steps.
  • Follows best documentation practices for robust data recording and compliance (ELN, batch records, etc.)
  • Familiar with manufacturing operations and writes and/or reviews master batch records and safety summaries with limited supervision.
  • Supports group jobs to maintain lab functions.
  • Completes trainings on time.
  • May participate in departmental activities or initiatives to support operations including recruiting and new hire onboarding and training.
  • May support the management and development of direct reports.
  • Applies Gilead Core Values and Leadership Commitments to job responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates good verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Works with collaborative communication and problem-solving spirit.
  • Acts as a resource to others in the department.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Master's degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Master's degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree with at least 7 years of experience is preferred.
  • Experience in planning and executing multi-step synthetic sequences.
  • Familiarity with modern purification and analytical techniques, including HPLC, LCMS and NMR.
  • Well-versed in scientific literature searching software (SciFinder, Reaxys etc.)
  • Strong desire to work in multi-disciplinary teams, learn new skills and proactively solve problems.

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Gilead is an equal opportunity employer.

The salary range for this position is: $124,015.00 - $160,490.00. 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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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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