Sr Research Associate I Early/Late Stage Upstream Process Development

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August 24 2021
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Sr Research Associate I Early/Late Stage Upstream Process Development
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

Sr Research Associate I - Early/Late Stage Upstream Process Development

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 Sciences is currently seeking a Sr. Research Associate I in our Upstream Process Development group at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual to execute experiments to support cell culture process development at both early and late stages for recombinant protein and novel platform programs. General activities will include shake flask and bioreactor experiments, process development and automation, and manufacturing and technology transfer support.

Specific Skills and Responsibilities for Position:
  • Previous hands-on experience with mammalian or microbial cell culture
  • Conduct hands-on laboratory cell culture operations at shake flask, microscale, and bench-top scales
  • Support upstream bioprocess development activities including clone selection, technology development, media development, process optimization, and process characterization studies
  • Collaborate with technical operations and biologics production teams to transfer process to and support pilot scale and clinical manufacturing upstream operations
  • Basic understanding of process scale-up and GMP manufacturing
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent technical writing, presentation, and communication skills as well as an aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Experience in statistical analysis and data visualization using tools e.g. JMP and Spotfire

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Plans and executes assigned experiments that support process development activities and project goals
  • Selects appropriate methods and techniques in performing experiments
  • Recommends alternatives, researches new methods and techniques and proactively seeks out senior personnel to discuss potential solutions to problems
  • Contributes to early and late stage upstream process development experimental efforts as required
  • Contributes to platform improvement utilizing statistical Design of Experiments
  • Participates in group meetings. Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work
  • Demonstrates good verbal communication and interpersonal skills to provide insight into the processes used to achieve results of assigned tasks
  • Contributes to team's efforts to improve process automation and control as well as data collection, management, and visualization standards using basic computer programming techniques and modern visualization software
  • Demonstrates ability to recognize anomalous and inconsistent results and interpret experimental outcomes
  • Always works with safety in mind

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • 0+ years of experience with MS degree in a relevant scientific discipline
  • 0-3 years of experience with BS degree in a relevant scientific discipline

Preferred Training and Experience:
  • Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, or a related discipline of study
  • Must be able to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Previous work experience in a GMP-facility a plus

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