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Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist HIV Virology, Biology

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Belmont, CA
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Dec 1, 2021

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Science, Life Sciences, Microbiology/Virology
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Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist HIV Virology, Biology
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. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's 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

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.

Gilead Sciences is continuing to hire for all open roles. Our interview process may be conducted virtually, and some roles will be asked to temporarily work from home. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing a phased approach to bringing employees back to site to ensure the health and safety of our teams.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S. employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'EEO is the Law' poster.



Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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