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Associate Director, HIV Medical Writer

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Apr 11, 2024

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Associate Director, HIV Medical Writer
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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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.

We empower our leaders to step up, share ideas, listen, learn, and lead. We're welcoming bright, diverse, and imaginative minds; we're nurturing them to foster an environment of inclusion and growth where innovation is encouraged. We expect our people leaders to model that environment, and to focus on creating inclusion, developing talent, and enabling teams.

Every member of Gilead's team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we're looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.
Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them.

By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

We are seeking a talented Scientific Publication Medical Writer with specialized experience in HIV/Virology to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in scientific writing, medical terminology, and a deep understanding of HIV and virology research. The candidate should be able to effectively communicate complex medical information related to HIV and virology to diverse audiences while adhering to industry guidelines and maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and integrity. This position is located at our Headquarters in Foster City, CA.

Scientific Publications Medical Writer:
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop HIV/virology related publications, including but not limited to, manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and other scientific materials.
  • Write, edit, and proofread scientific content for publication in peer-reviewed journal, conference presentations with a focus in HIV/virology topics.
  • Join forces with cross-functional leads to identify clear and scientifically appropriate ways to communicate Gilead Science data
  • Collaborate effectively with leading HIV thought leaders to adjudicate a revise publications
  • Conduct literature searches and gather relevant data to support scientific arguments and conclusions.
  • Ensure compliance with publication guidelines and ethical standards (e.g., ICMJE, GPP, CONSORT)
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of quality and accuracy.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians, and virologist to ensure accurate interpretation and communication of scientific data.
  • Stay current with developments in the HIV/virology research, including new therapies, treatments, and regulatory changes, and communicate relevant information to internal teams.

Additional responsibilities include the following:
  • Understand the evolving publications landscape through engagement with and participation in professional societies (e.g., ISMPP)
  • Working knowledge of publication databases (e.g. Datavision or similar)

Educational Requirements

Advanced degree in a scientific or medical discipline (Ph.D., MD, PharmD) including 5-8 years' experience supporting publication development with some specialized training in HIV/virology, preferably within the pharmaceutical industry.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Therapeutic area experience is required
  • CMPP certification preferred.
  • Clear understanding of current publication environment, good publication practices, Sunshine Act/Pharma Code of Conduct, ICMJE, GPP4, and other global guidelines related to publications, scientific data communication, and transparency standards.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and reference management software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific concepts into clear and concise language for diverse audiences.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to critically analyze data and scientific literature.
  • Familiarity with publication planning processes, including authorship criteria, disclosure requirements, and journal and congress submission guidelines.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently.

The salary range for this position is: $191,335.00 - $247,610.00. 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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