Sr. Associate Scientist - Tumor Microenvironment

Foster City
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September 14 2021
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Sr. Associate Scientist - Tumor Microenvironment
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 exceptional Scientist to join the Oncology department at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Gilead is a world leader in antiviral research having developed small molecule compounds that have revolutionized the treatment of HIV, HCV, and HBV. Over the last 5 plus years, Gilead has significantly broadened its scope to encompass unmet medical needs in cancer and inflammation. Our research team is engaged in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics targeting the tumor microenvironment, with the goal of potentiating the anti-tumor immune response and synergizing with established and emerging immunotherapy approaches. The successful candidate will integrate into this team, leading and supporting biological investigation of new and established therapeutic targets. This position provides an exciting opportunity to have high-impact participation in the growth of a new research area within the established and highly collaborative oncology research group at Gilead.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities:
  • Drive discovery and translational research aimed at identifying and advancing novel therapeutics
  • Identify key scientific questions, design hypothesis-based experiments and analyze and interpret data to support initiation and/or advancement of therapeutic programs.
  • Engage in cross-functional collaborations across Gilead's research organization (e.g. Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Therapeutics, High-Throughput Biology, Bioinformatics, Clinical Oncology, Biomarkers) to effectively develop new drugs.
  • Participate in established external collaborations and bring outside expertise to Gilead by identifying and engaging new academic collaborators.
  • May participate in evaluation of external licensing opportunities.
  • Participate as an engaged member of the highly interactive Oncology department. Present research findings and recommendations to senior staff and contribute to preparation of research reports, manuscripts, INDs, and patent filings.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • BS 7+ years or MS 5+ years or equivalent degree of relevant experience, preferably in drug development.
  • Strong background in immunology and flow-cytometry-based assay development and experience running functional immune cell activation assays is desired.
  • Fluency in the use of molecular techniques to evaluate signaling networks and cytokine/chemokine expression (eg. western blot, ELISA, proteomics as well as siRNA/shRNA, CRISPR and gene expression analysis).
  • Candidates with experience in tumor vasculature, the formation and maintenance of secondary and tertiary lymphoid organs/structures, activated myofibroblast signaling mechanisms, and/or immune-stroma-tumor co-culture systems are highly encouraged to apply
  • A working knowledge of the design and execution of in vivo animal model studies is a plus
  • Strong communication skills required, with an ability to communicate and scientifically engage individuals across a large breadth of levels and translate ideas and data into concise written and verbal communications.

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