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Associate Scientist, Virology, Biology

Foster City, California, US
Closing date
Aug 19, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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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.

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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.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills: We are seeking a talented and motivated Associate Scientist to support virology treatment and cure programs. The candidate will work in a highly productive team environment to design and execute novel molecular biology and cell culture assays to support regulatory submissions and other clinical virology efforts. Specifically, the candidate will focus on the development of highly sensitive sequencing assays to enable testing of clinical samples with low viral loads; development and execution of phenotyping assays for viral samples to ensure timely testing of clinical samples in support of regulatory submissions.

Essential Functions and Key Responsibilities:
  • Design and execute experiments to investigate the development of drug resistance and other virologic markers associated with treatment outcomes in clinical studies. Work with internal teams as well as academic, government, and industry collaborators and vendors to develop highly sensitive sequencing and phenotyping assays
  • Communicate cross-functionally clear presentations on data and interpretations to clinical virology and discovery teams
  • Author clinical virology data in support of key regulatory documents and publications
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific advances in relevant fields and competitive activity from literature, scientific meetings and external contacts
  • Effective team player who thrives in a high paced environment where excellence, accountability and innovation are critical for success

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Work experience with human samples and/or BLS3 experience is preferred
  • Solid understanding and excellent technical skills in cell culture and molecular biology techniques
  • Extensive experience with PCR and molecular cloning is preferred
  • Must be detail-oriented, well organized, and have strong communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment

Required Qualifications:
  • BS or MS in microbiology or molecular biology
  • 5+ years of working experience with BS or 3+ with MS
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry experience is preferred but not required

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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.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, and Singapore employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.​

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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.

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This employer is a corporate member of myGwork - LGBTQ+ professionals, the business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers & anyone who believes in workplace equality.
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