Director, Clinical Research (MD) - Oncology/Hematology Early Development

Foster City
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March 12 2021
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Director, Clinical Research (MD) - Oncology/Hematology Early 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.

Making an impact on a global scale
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

Gilead has declared Hematology-Oncology as one of the key therapeutic areas for future growth. Gilead is expanding its early phase pipeline with a focus on immune oncology through internal research, partnerships and acquisitions. This role provides an exciting opportunity to participate in the future growth of Gilead Oncology. This role will play a key role in development of pipeline programs with a focus on early development, pre-Proof-of-Concept programs, while reserving the opportunity to work on future late development programs as well.




  • The clinical research physician will play a key role in the initiation and development of product programs from the drug discovery stage through to Proof-of-Concept.
  • The Clinical Research MD will report to the Vice President of Clinical Research, Oncology Early Development who has direct responsibility for overall departmental clinical and scientific development activities.
  • Responsible for clinical trial design, protocol development, study result interpretation and providing input to clinical study reports as well as Health Authority inquiries.
  • Primary responsibilities include providing ongoing medical monitoring for clinical trials including but not limited to assessment of eligibility criteria, toxicity management, and drug safety surveillance.
  • Involvement in cross-functional strategic initiatives with the potential to be involved in Corporate Development due diligence activities, intercompany collaborations, and partnerships
  • Provide clinical perspectives on research biology and biomarker/translational program scientific strategies


Essential Duties and Job Functions:




  • Will be part of a team responsible for all scientific aspects of conceptualizing and planning trials.
  • Critically analyzes clinical and translational data and help to formulate clinical strategies
  • Coordinates the collection and analysis of clinical data for internal analysis and review.
  • Will be part of a team responsible for the preparation/review of regulatory documents, IND annual reports, IND safety reports, investigator brochures, and development plans.
  • Provides ongoing medical monitoring for clinical trials, including assessment of eligibility criteria, toxicity management, and drug safety surveillance.
  • Ensures adherence to regulatory requirements of study conduct and industry standards of Good Clinical Practice.
  • Prepares presentations for scientific conferences as well as for clinical study investigator meetings and expert advisory meetings.
  • Serve as a scientific peer to interface and collaborate with academic investigators and thought leaders
  • Develops manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Will be part of a team responsible for defending the clinical development program before regulatory authorities.
  • Serves as a scientific and clinical resource within Gilead Oncology and provides guidance to biology, toxicology, clinical trials management, biometrics, global drug safety, regulatory, and project management staff.
  • Assists in the clinical evaluation of business development opportunities.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills:



  • MD or equivalent; MD, PhD preferred
  • Zero (0) to three (3) years' experience with a proven successful record in clinical research studies and trial design is required.
  • Oncology experience is essential and highly preferred to have experience in drug development.
  • Familiarity with pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and clinical pharmacology drug development concepts
  • Ability to think analytically and strategically to formulate, develop, and execute clinical plans.
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to set vision, lead change, and mentor others.
  • Relevant industrial or academic experience in clinical research with basic understanding of Good Clinical Practices.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team to cultivate an inclusive environment of respectful, open, and honest dialogue and to foster a robust sharing of ideas and creative problem solving.
  • Excellent scientific written and oral communication skills.
  • Facility with engaging internal and external experts in constructive scientific, translational, and clinical dialog around study design, study conduct, and interpretation of clinical results.
  • Well-developed sense of integrity, strong work ethic, scrupulous attention to detail, clear ability to establish and maintain timelines, and persistent commitment to ensuring a high level of quality.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally to company, scientific, regulatory, investigator, and other meetings (~20-30% travel expected) in non-pandemic times


Preferred Skills:




  • Strong familiarity with good clinical practices and International Conference on Harmonization Guidelines is preferred.
  • Must be capable of working with attention to detail in a time sensitive environment and can operate with a sense of urgency



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