Senior Research Scientist I (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside CA

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October 20 2020
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Senior Research Scientist I (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside CA
United States - California - Oceanside

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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Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats 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

Senior Research Scientist I (Associate Director Level); Downstream Process Development, Oceanside CA

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.

Gilead has an opportunity for an experienced candidate in our Biologics Development group at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking motivated, team-oriented individuals with scientific expertise in Downstream Process Development as well as clinical and commercial operations related to recombinant proteins. You will have the opportunity to work in teams for the early and late stage development of our protein molecules.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Lead delegated activities for phase-appropriate downstream process development and technology transfer activities for monoclonal antibody, recombinant protein, and novel platform programs
  • Set strategy for process scale-up, FMEAs, process robustness and characterization studies, process validation, and regulatory filings
  • Review GMP and non-GMP technical documentation (batch records, SOPs, validation protocols & reports; process characterization protocols and reports)
  • Support investigations and identify root causes for critical deviations
  • Support internal and external manufacturing including Person-In-Plant (PIP) support
  • Participate on and lead cross-functional CMC teams
  • Demonstrate hands-on technical leadership in the laboratory, oversee and delegate experimental/project responsibilities as needed, and write/review development summary reports and author sections of regulatory submissions.
  • Be an effective communicator of ideas, project goals and results to team members across functional roles/departments. Proactively identify issues and develop solutions in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.
  • Be self-motivated and organized, familiar with the relevant literature, and enjoy scientific investigation and thinking.
  • Lead, motivate, and develop team members.
  • Routinely make decisions affecting direction of project to ensure project timelines are met.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • PhD in a relevant scientific discipline with 3 years of industry experience.
  • BS or MS degree with extensive industry experience.
  • Expertise in mAb purification process development, characterization and validation.
  • Hands-on experience in downstream techniques such as centrifuge, chromatography, UF/DF and filtration.
  • Direct knowledge of product and process related impurity control in downstream process.
  • Experience in technical transfer to cGMP manufacturing for clinical and/or commercial products.
  • Experience in drafting CMC relevant sections of regulatory filings.
  • Strong, open and transparent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.

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