Sr Associate Scientist/Research Scientist, Biology

Gilead Sciences
Belmont, California, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Description
At Gilead, we strive to transform the promise of science and technology into therapies that have the power to cure, prevent or treat disease. As a research-based biopharmaceutical company, we are revolutionizing healthcare by bringing medicines to patients in the areas of HIV, AIDS, liver diseases, hematology and oncology, and inflammation and respiratory diseases.

We are growing a diverse team of professionals and an atmosphere of inclusion across departments. We need your unique talents, expertise and background to help millions of people around the world live healthier. Join a close community where every voice is heard - where you can see and measure the results of your contributions.

Our values - integrity, inclusion, teamwork, accountability and excellence - are evident in everything we do.


We are seeking a motivated and collaborative individual with solid experience in anti-viral and/or cell-based assay automation to join our High Throughput Biology & Screening group. The candidate will play a high impact role in automating and performing high throughput HIV antiviral and virus neutralization assays to support discovery projects from lead optimization to clinical drug development stages on broad drug target classes and treatment modalities working in an exciting and fast-paced environment. He/She will independently generate, analyze, communicate and present results to project teams. In this role, he/she will represent our functional area on multidisciplinary anti-HIV and HIV Cure project teams to drive drug discovery research on both anti-HIV small molecule and biologics programs.

Key Responsibilities:

Conduct 384 well plate-based high throughput in vitro HIV antiviral and virus neutralization assays in a BSL2+ lab.
Perform HIV anti-viral drug combination studies and analyse data with MacSynergy application.
Independently program, operate and trouble-shoot workstation and multi-component robotic systems.
Maintain a cutting edge awareness of technical developments as well as scientific knowledge and apply these where possible to improve assay and workflow performance.
Serve as team or core team member by representing High Throughput Biology on project teams on anti-HIV discovery project teams.
Prepare clear and accurate scientific and technical reports.
Prepare and deliver scientific presentations to project teams and R&D management.
May manage junior associates.

Proven record of developing and executing HIV antiviral and virus neutralization assays highly desired
Solid experience with 384 well plate based high throughput screening and assay automation.
Tissue culture experience.
Proven ability to independently plan and execute experiments, interpret and analyzes data.
Proven ability to present results and findings in formal settings including project team meetings.
Proven ability to write scientific and technical reports or create poster presentations.
Experience in HBV and respiratory virus infectious disease is preferred.
Hands on experience with state of the art assay technologies both biochemical and cell based including TR-FRET, FP, Alpha Screen, luciferase reporter gene assays, flow cytometry and/or high content imaging essential.
Must be detail oriented, well organized, and have strong communication skills (verbal and written).
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary, collaborative, matrix environment.
Strong interpersonal skills and well-developed communication skills (oral and written) are required.
People and project management experience desired.

14+ years of experience with BS or 13+years with MS in virology, cell biology, biochemistry or related field.
Minimum of 5 years industry experience
Level is flexible commensurate on candidate's experience.
MS or BS degree with extensive industry experience and a track record of positive impact on project goals. PhD with 0-3 yrs may be considered for Research Scientist level.

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