Sr Associate Scientist - High Throughput Biology - Assay Development

Foster City
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October 19 2020
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Sr Associate Scientist - High Throughput Biology - Assay Development
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. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Associate Scientist - High Throughput Biology - Assay Development

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Senior Research Associate/Associate Scientist to join our High-Throughput Biology and Screening Department. The candidate's responsibility will focus on assay development, optimization, and execution of in vitro pharmacological assays to support multiple therapeutic areas within Gilead Discovery Research portfolio. The candidate may serve as core team member representing functional area and provide expertise in identifying and implementing quantitative assays using state of the art technologies. Emphasis will be on establishing and implementing analytical and biophysical methods (e.g. mass spec, SPR) to support both small molecule and biologics drug discovery efforts. The candidate should have proven record of applying sound scientific judgement to answer critical questions, as well as a proven ability to design and implement appropriate experiments. Strong organizational skills and multi-tasking ability are required. Ability to work collaboratively in a high-pace, multi-disciplinary, matrix environment is essential.

Key responsibilities:
  • Technical proficiency, scientific creativity necessary to conceive, develop, optimize and execute in vitro assays to support drug discovery efforts
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, working cross-functionally in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Maintain a cutting-edge awareness of technical developments and scientific knowledge and apply these where possible to improve performance.
  • Present results of work, interpret data, and draw conclusions in a fully independent manner.
  • Independently write scientific/technical reports and presentations
  • Serve as functional area expert with in-depth technical knowledge for projects
  • Must think critically and work resourcefully to resolve problems
  • Present research updates to project teams and R&D management

  • Bachelor's degree in a related scientific discipline with 14+ years of experience or Master's degree in a related scientific discipline with 13+ years of experience.
  • Experience conducting relevant research in academic or pharmaceutical setting.
  • Strong scientific foundation in the understanding and implementation of pharmacological assays and readouts using state-of-the-art analytical or biophysics technologies such as SPR or Mass Spectrometry.
  • Experience with common laboratory automation equipment and associated data analysis is required.
  • The candidate must be able to analyze and report data concisely and rigorously.
  • Adaptability and the ability to learn new techniques rapidly are essential.
  • Ability to multitask and successfully interact with a diverse team of scientists to deliver results meeting the needs of various stakeholder groups is essential.

Level is flexible and commensurate based on candidates experience.

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