Research Scientist - Sequencing Core - Research Biology

Foster City
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October 21 2020
Life Sciences, Biology
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Research Scientist - Sequencing Core - Research Biology
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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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

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.

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Research Scientist - Sequencing Core - Research Biology

We are seeking an experienced, collaborative and motivated individual to lead our new Sequencing Core in Research Biology. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team to establish the sequencing capabilities and fulfil essential sequencing needs for Gilead Research. An ideal candidate will have in-depth understanding and hands-on experiences in genomics and sequencing technologies, with strong leadership and communication skills. This individual will lead a small group to establish sequencing operations and drive continuous improvements in new technologies and cross functional collaborations.

Essential functions:
  • Develop and implement next generation sequencing capabilities using Illumina platforms
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams and drive sequencing technology applications in Research
  • Create and implement NGS workflow and best practices for the core and internal customers
  • Define infrastructure needs and requirements and collaborate with IT, informatics and bioinformatics colleagues on sample tracking, workflow, data processing and management
  • Manage the sequencing lab and coordinate with lab manager and facility in setting up the lab
  • Maintain, develop and manage relationships with external vendors
  • Recruit, manage and develop team members and maintain a collaborative and productive team culture

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Genomics, Genetics or a related field
  • Sequencing core experience in a medium to large organization
  • Strong scientific background and in-depth understanding of genomics and cutting-edge sequencing technologies
  • Hands-on experience in developing, implementing and managing NGS workflows and sequencing technologies
  • Able to work independently and to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Strong management and communication skills and track records of operational excellence

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Genomics, Genetics or a related field with 0-3 years of experience
  • 3 years of sequencing core experience in a medium to large organization is highly preferred
  • Experience in genomics and sequencing technologies
  • Direct experience in developing, implementing and managing NGS workflows and sequencing technologies

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