Sr. Director, Nonclinical Safety and Pathobiology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, California, US
Aug 23, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Biology, Economics
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Sr. Director, Nonclinical Safety and Pathobiology

Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:
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.

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 - Being Here Matters.

Job Description

Gilead Sciences is seeking a veterinary anatomic pathologist motivated by impacting the portfolio across drug discovery and development. As a member of the Nonclinical Safety and Pathobiology (NSP) group, responsibilities will include helping assess 1) target safety, 2) on-target pharmacology, and 3) off-target effects from project inception to NDA/MAA filings. Examples of therapeutic modalities include small molecules, antibodies, ADCs, and CAR-T. Responsibilities include the design and interpretation of exploratory (non-GLP) studies, GLP studies, and regulatory communications.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills:

Candidates should have a strong track record of partnering with scientific colleagues to identify and solve critical pathology issues in drug discovery and development.


Provide pathology expertise and guidance while working closely with project toxicologists to design studies, interpret data and make decisions related to nonclinical safety projects.
Perform pathology evaluation and interpretation of early exploratory and investigative toxicology studies.

Perform peer review of non-GLP and GLP studies.

Interpret and communicate findings to cross-functional project teams, senior management, and regulatory agencies.

Work closely with project toxicologists to investigate mechanisms of toxicity and identification of translational biomarkers.


The successful candidate will be a DVM with board certification (ACVP/ECVP) in veterinary pathology, PhD or MS in Pathology or closely related discipline.

10-15 years industry experience of toxicologic pathology.

Good understanding of the drug discovery, development and regulatory processes, including experience working directly on drug development project teams and Regulatory submissions.

Demonstrated issue-resolution experience.

Working knowledge of modern pathology laboratory technologies, including assay development, application and interpretation.


American Board of Toxicology (A.B.T.) certification desired.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills to a variety of audiences including authorship of regulated pathology reports.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively on cross-functional projects teams.

For jobs in the United States:
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:
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.
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