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Sr Research Associate I – Early/Late-Stage Upstream Process Development

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting hundreds of thousands of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.

Gilead Sciences is currently seeking a Sr. Research Associate I in our Upstream Process Development group at our Oceanside facility in Southern California. We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual to execute experiments to support cell culture process development at both early and late stages for recombinant protein and novel platform programs. General activities will include shake flask and bioreactor experiments, process development and automation, and manufacturing and technology transfer support.

Specific Skills and Responsibilities for the Position:
  • Previous hands-on experience with mammalian or microbial cell culture
  • Conduct hands-on laboratory cell culture operations at shake flask, microscale, and bench-top scales
  • Support upstream bioprocess development activities including clone selection, technology development, media development, process optimization, and process characterization studies
  • Collaborate with technical operations and biologics production teams to transfer processes to and support pilot scale and clinical and commercial manufacturing upstream operations
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent communication skills as well as an aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Experience in data visualization and data analysis

Essential Duties and Job Functions:
  • Plans and executes assigned experiments that support process development activities and project goals
  • Recommends alternatives, researches new methods and techniques and proactively seeks out senior personnel to discuss potential solutions to problems
  • Contributes to early and late-stage upstream process development experimental efforts as required
  • Contributes to research programs and platform improvement utilizing statistical Design of Experiments
  • Participates in group meetings. Presents results of work, interprets data, and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work
  • Demonstrates good verbal communication and interpersonal skills to provide insight into the processes used to achieve results of assigned tasks
  • Contributes to team’s effort to improve data collection, management, and visualization standards using basic computer programming techniques and modern visualization software
  • Participates in improvement of upstream process control systems, including automation efforts
  • Demonstrates ability to recognize anomalous and inconsistent results and interpret experimental outcomes
  • Always works with safety in mind

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • 0+ years of experience with MS degree in a relevant scientific discipline OR 2+ years of experience with BS degree in a relevant scientific discipline

Preferred Training and Experience:
  • Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Bioengineering, or a related discipline of study
  • Must be able to work effectively in cross-functional teams
  • Previous work experience in a GMP-facility a plus

The salary range for this position is: $81,940.00 - $106,040.00. 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*.For additional benefits information, visit:
* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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