Sr. Research Scientist II, Oncology Biomarker Sciences

Foster City
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July 31 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Senior Scientist

Sr. Research Scientist II, Oncology Biomarker Sciences
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

We are seeking an experienced Senior Research Scientist II for our Biomarker Sciences Department, to support the Oncology therapeutic area. The scientist will will work in a dynamic multidisciplinary matrixed team environment to generate and interpret data from translational and clinical studies.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and execution of biomarker strategies for programs in the field of oncology including both, focused on solid tumors. The scientist will design experiments to advance biomarker discovery efforts to impact clinical development and the research pipeline. He/she will provide expertise to discovery and development project teams to ensure access to state of the art thinking on appropriate biomarker and diagnostic technologies evaluate their scientific basis and clinical applicability, the validation status and any technical or statistical issues related to the proposed biomarker and/or diagnostic assays. This will include input on clinical protocols and associated documents and support to clinical study teams during the conduct of studies.

In addition, the scientist will direct the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays and design, implement and oversee biomarker and diagnostic testing. The scientist will lead the biomarker data analysis together with the specific functional area representatives and in collaboration with the clinical teams. The Senior Research Scientist I will lead cross functional teams to achieve these aims.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is a highly matrixed organization and the ability to work effectively across these groups is a key attribute for this role. Experience in the analysis of multi-dimensional data sets and a strong background in cancer research is highly desirable.

  • Direct the development, outsourcing, and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers for oncology programs
  • Manage critical components of cross-functional projects and may lead early stage biomarker teams to execute biomarker development strategies to generate, analyze, and interpret data from clinical studies
  • Contribute to clinical study teams as the biomarker expert during protocol development, study set-up and conduct
  • Establish and oversee external collaborations with key opinion leaders, academic sites, and CROs to advance our understanding of disease pathways and prognostic/predictive biomarkers
  • Collaborate with Research Biology, Clinical Research, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics functions to create synergy in developing biomarker strategies and translational approaches
  • Strong experimental background and experience in hypothesis-driven biological/translational research with demonstrated ability to execute well-designed experiments in tumor biology
  • Experience with genomic, epigenetic, gene expression, metabolomics, multiplexed protein detection or other related emerging platforms or data sets is desirable.
  • Must be able to work independently and effectively on multiple programs in a fast-paced matrixed environment
  • Excellent collaboration, communication (verbal and written), and interpersonal skills are required to engage and be productive within a high achieving team environment
  • Must be team and detail-oriented, motivated, and results focused.

Technical Skills:
  • Demonstrated expertise in oncology
  • Ability to integrate complex scientific ideas, generate testable hypotheses, and execute
  • Analysis and interpretation of biomarker data in preclinical and clinical setting
  • Broad understanding of drug discovery and development in both early and late stage
    development and familiarity with regulatory approval process.
  • Experience with the discovery, characterization, clinical validation and utilization of innovative biomarkers
  • Knowledge of biomarker discovery and development, assay development/validation, clinical discovery of biomarkers, and MoA/translational research.
  • Authoring of biomarker strategy documents, biomarker specific portion of clinical protocols, and regulatory documents
  • Basic understanding of technical aspects of companion diagnostics development
  • Proven publication record
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of IP, contracting terms and provisions

  • PhD and/or post-doctoral training in the area of oncology or related medical science field with a minimum of 7+ years of directly relevant biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented with excellent record keeping and organizational skills.
  • Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic multi-disciplinary environment.

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