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Sr. Research Scientist I, Oncology Biomarker Sciences

United States - California - Foster CityResearchRegular

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Senior Research Scientist I for our Biomarker Sciences Department, to support the Oncology therapeutic area. The scientist will will work in a dynamic multidisciplinary matrixed team environment to generate and interpret data from translational and clinical studies. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and execution of biomarker strategies for programs in the field of oncology including both, focused on solid tumors.  The scientist  will design experiments to advance biomarker discovery efforts to impact clinical development and the research pipeline. He/she will provide expertise to discovery and development project teams to ensure access to state of the art thinking on appropriate biomarker and diagnostic technologies evaluate their scientific basis and clinical applicability, the validation status and any technical or statistical issues related to the proposed biomarker and/or diagnostic assays. This will include input on clinical protocols and associated documents and support to clinical study teams during the conduct of studies.

In addition, the scientist will direct the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays and design, implement and oversee biomarker and diagnostic testing. The scientist will lead the biomarker data analysis together with the specific functional area representatives and in collaboration with the clinical teams. The Senior Research Scientist I will lead cross functional teams to achieve these aims.

Gilead Sciences Inc. is a highly matrixed organization and the ability to work effectively across these groups is a key attribute for this role. Experience in the analysis of multi-dimensional data sets and a strong background in cancer research is highly desirable.


  • Direct the development, outsourcing, and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers for oncology programs
  • Manage critical components of cross-functional projects and may lead early stage biomarker teams  to execute biomarker development strategies to generate, analyze, and interpret data from clinical studies
  • Contribute to clinical study teams as the biomarker expert during protocol development, study set-up and conduct
  • Establish and oversee external collaborations with key opinion leaders, academic sites, and CROs to advance our understanding of disease pathways and prognostic/predictive biomarkers
  • Collaborate with Research Biology, Clinical Research, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics functions to create synergy in developing biomarker strategies and translational approaches
  • Strong experimental background and experience in hypothesis-driven biological/translational research with demonstrated ability to execute well-designed experiments in tumor biology
  • Experience with genomic, epigenetic, gene expression, metabolomics, multiplexed protein detection or other related emerging platforms or data sets is desirable.
  • Must be able to work independently and effectively on multiple programs in a fast-paced matrixed environment
  • Excellent collaboration, communication (verbal and written), and interpersonal skills are required to engage and be productive within a high achieving team environment
  • Must be team and detail-oriented, motivated, and results focused.

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated expertise in oncology
  • Ability to integrate complex scientific ideas, generate testable hypotheses, and execute
  • Analysis and interpretation of biomarker data in preclinical and clinical setting
  • Broad understanding of drug discovery and development in both early and late stage
    development and familiarity with regulatory approval process.
  • Experience with the discovery, characterization, clinical validation and utilization of innovative biomarkers
  • Knowledge of biomarker discovery and development, assay development/validation, clinical discovery of biomarkers, and MoA/translational research.
  • Authoring of biomarker strategy documents, biomarker specific portion of clinical protocols, and regulatory documents
  • Basic understanding of technical aspects of companion diagnostics development
  • Proven publication record
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of IP, contracting terms and provisions


  • PhD and/or post-doctoral training in the area of oncology or related medical science field with a minimum of 3 years of directly relevant biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience. 
  • Candidate must be detail-oriented with excellent record keeping and organizational skills.  
  • Must be a highly flexible, results oriented, independent self-starter who enjoys working in a fast paced dynamic multi-disciplinary environment.