Research Scientist, Oncology/Immuno-Oncology

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November 18 2020
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry

Research Scientist, Oncology/Immuno-Oncology
United States - Washington - Seattle

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.

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Research Scientist - Oncology/Immuno-Oncology

The Oncology department at Gilead Sciences is seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist to support the discovery and development of novel therapeutics focused on enhancing anti-tumor immunity.

The successful candidate will design and conduct biological experiments to investigate potential targets in pathways that influence recognition of cancer cells by the immune system. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) immunogenic cell death, epigenetic regulation of immunogenicity, neoantigen generation, antigen processing and presentation, and immunosuppressive signaling in the tumor cell or tumor microenvironment.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design, perform, and oversee evaluation of new molecular targets, therapeutic concepts, and therapeutic agents.
  • Define critical path studies needed to support hypothesis-based research.
  • Analyze and interpret complex data, formulate conclusions, and propose experimental strategies within the context of broader project goals.
  • Identify, define, and oversee external collaborations/CROs which support projects in oncology therapeutic targets.
  • Maintain knowledge of scientific advances and competitive activity from literature, scientific meetings and external contacts.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • In-depth knowledge of molecular and biological pathways which contribute to cancer development and interaction with the immune system.
  • Experience designing and executing scientific studies for the discovery and investigation of non-clinical drug development candidates.
  • Knowledge of pre-clinical models of cancer including xenografts, genetically modified models, patient derived tumor explants and syngeneic tumor models. Experience with tumor-immune cell co-culture models is an asset.
  • Excellent technical skills applicable to state-of-art cellular biology and pharmacology. Experience with multicolor flow cytometry is an asset.
  • Strong motivation, independence, and ability to work in a high-pace multidisciplinary, matrix environment with minimal supervision.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent record keeping and organizational skills.
  • Strong communication and data presentation skills, both written and oral.

Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in molecular or cellular biology or equivalent scientific discipline with a focus on immuno-oncology or cancer cell biology highly preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral experience in the pharmaceutical industry or a minimum of 3 years of post-doctoral experience in academia. Academic candidates should have a proven record of publication.
  • Experience designing and executing scientific studies
  • In vivo knowledge or experience needed for this role to support external partners

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with multicolor flow cytometry is highly preferred
  • Experience with tumor-immune cell co-culture models is an asset.

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