Associate Scientist Biologics Discovery

Foster City
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September 22 2021
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Associate Scientist Biologics Discovery
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.

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Associate Scientist- Biologics Discovery

Gilead is a research-based biopharmaceutical 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

Specific Responsibilities:

The Biologics Discovery group is a specialized team within the Protein Therapeutics function that is responsible for the discovery and optimization of biologic drug candidates. We seek a highly motivated Associate Scientist to contribute our efforts for biologics discovery, engineering and optimization. The successful candidate will work with cross-functional teams and play a key role in delivering novel biologics for growing biologics portfolios across several therapeutic areas

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

In this laboratory-based role, the successful candidate will support efforts to generate novel antibody-based therapeutics by applying display technologies and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based platforms:
  • Generate display libraries using phage or yeast, and execute library selection and screening methodologies for the discovery and lead optimization of biologics
  • Perform NGS-based antibody discovery using both display technologies and single B cells
  • Characterize the binding and functional properties of novel antibodies, antibody-based scaffolds, and other biologics
  • Collaborate with other researchers in cross-functional teams
  • Deliver scientific presentations in lab and project team meetings
  • Organize and execute multiple projects in a collaborative team environment
  • Maintain compliance with company policies and record keeping

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

B.S./M.S. in molecular biology, biochemistry, or related field with 8+ years of relevant professional experience. Job title will be commensurate with experience and academic credentials. An ideal candidate will have experiences in most of the following areas:

  • Hands-on experience in antibody discovery using at least one display technology (e.g. phage, yeast, or mammalian display) or B cell-based discovery platform (e.g. hybridoma, single B cell)
  • Experience with biochemical assays and quantitative analysis of protein-protein binding interactions (e.g. FACS, ELISA, Octet)
  • Experience in molecular cloning and familiarity in NGS
  • Familiarity in mammalian cell culture, and protein expression and purification
  • Experience in analyzing antibody sequences from antibody discovery campaigns
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Multi-tasking and self-motivated with excellent problem-solving skills

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