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Senior Research Associate I

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Jun 1, 2024

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Senior Research Associate I
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

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At Gilead, we're creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we've tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer - working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world's biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

Every member of Gilead's team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we're looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact.

We believe every employee deserves a great leader. People Leaders are the cornerstone to the employee experience at Gilead and Kite. As a people leader now or in the future, you are the key driver in evolving our culture and creating an environment where every employee feels included, developed and empowered to fulfil their aspirations. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Independently conduct GMP routine analysis following written procedures using analytical techniques such as appearance, water content, dissolution, disintegration, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC / HPLC), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), particle size, X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD), and UV-Vis spectroscopy, etc.
  • Apply knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) on a daily basis
  • Perform verification and data review of routine testing to ensure compliance to appropriate test methods, specifications, and protocol
  • Perform stability data trending
  • Independently write LI-Issues
  • Support laboratory investigations and deviations
  • Write and revise protocols, methods, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and reports with guidance
  • Participate in group meetings. May present data or prepare information for others to present
  • Provide on-the-job training of physical testing techniques (e.g., water content, DSC, XRPD, Particle Size, etc.) to new hires or junior staff
  • Provide technical support for compendial review program as needed
  • Conduct non-routine analysis based on written procedures (e.g. investigations, validation, transfer, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot instrumentation and test methods
  • Support internal audits regulatory inspections as needed
  • Generate functional performance metrics for management review
  • Managing inventory for reagents, columns and perform routine lab clean up

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Hands-on experience with analytical techniques such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC/UPLC), Dissolution, Karl Fischer Titration, Gas Chromatography (GC), Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis (DSC/TGA), particle size, X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD), disintegration, etc.
  • Have technical and laboratory skills to execute analyses efficiently and reliably in GMP regulated analytical laboratories
  • General understanding of industry standards, cGMPs, quality control (QC), and pharmacopeias
  • Working knowledge in Lab information system and software (e.g. Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Laboratory Execution System (LES), Empower, LabX, Scientific Data Management System (SDMS), Veeva Vault (GVault), etc.)
  • Demonstrates effective time management skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team with self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude
  • Ability to clearly and concisely present/articulate testing and analysis results to multiple internal audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people from a wide range of skill levels and experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Education and Experience:
  • BS or BA degree in Chemistry, Biology or a related scientific discipline with 2 years OR M.S. degree with 0+ years of relevant experience in biotech/pharmaceutical industry

The salary range for this position is: $92,820.00 - $120,120.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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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.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'Know Your Rights' 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.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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