Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist - HIV Virology, Biology

Gilead Sciences
Belmont, CA
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Organization Type
Specific Responsibilities:

Seeking a highly motivated, creative and collaborative individual with a strong passion for and dedication to the discovery of new life-saving medicines. The candidate will join our internal efforts focused on the research and development of novel treatment, prevention and HIV cure therapeutics, including small molecule drugs, biologics and vaccines. The successful candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment to support the discovery and optimization of novel small molecules for HIV treatment and prevention. Primary responsibilities will include conducting in vitro virology studies to characterize newly discovered molecules as well as designing and evaluating new targets and therapeutic approaches in a fast-paced team environment. The successful candidate would be expected to:

Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist I candidates:

Conduct a variety of anti-HIV assays in cell lines and primary cells
Conduct in-depth characterization of mechanisms of antiviral activity
Characterize in vitro resistance profiles of lead compounds and/or biologics
Make effective use of literature and CROs to complement research activities
Support external collaborations that complement research goals
Potentially lead discovery virology efforts on cross-functional research teams
Regularly document research findings in electronic notebook entries
Present regular research updates to project teams and R&D management
Senior Research Scientist I candidates:

Directly manage and develop research scientists/associates in the group
Effectively write/edit documents to support regulatory and IP submissions, research manuscripts and public disclosures
Implement new technologies and assay automation into the Virology group
Gilead is a fast-paced, data-driven, scientifically rigorous organization and the role will suit a scientist who is able to thrive in this type of environment.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

PhD in virology or relevant life science discipline.

Minimum of 3 years post-PhD experience focused on innovative research in virology with proven achievements in academic or industrial settings, including peer-reviewed manuscripts. *NOTE: Level is commensurate with experience.

Hands-on experience and broad expertise in virology techniques, molecular biology and cell culture including primary cell isolation and culture is required. Experience in assay development, ability to evaluate quality of the data, recognize anomalous results and interpret experimental outcomes is essential.

Experience with a broad array of technologies and automation to support assay development and discovery research is highly desired.

Prior experience managing direct reports is desirable.

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively within the Virology group and multidisciplinary groups within Research.

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