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Director, Biomarker Assay Technologies

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Job Description

Specific Responsibilities:

The Biomarker Sciences department is seeking an experienced scientist to lead an established laboratory group (Biomarker Assay Technologies) responsible for development, qualification and implementation of biomarker assays. The laboratory group led by the Director has laboratories in Foster City and Seattle and serves the needs of the Biomarker Sciences department for assay development, transfer and monitoring across protein and nucleic acid based assays, including ELISA, flow cytometry and transcript-measurement technologies. Biomarker Sciences is responsible for biomarker work across all therapeutic areas at Gilead from preclinical assessment throughout all phase of clinical development and commercialization (when necessary).This high-performing group provides expertise 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 issues related to the proposed biomarker and/or diagnostic assays. Gilead is a highly matrixed organization and the ability to work effectively across these groups is a key attribute for this role.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads the laboratory group across Foster City and Seattle sites responsible for qualification, transfer and monitoring of clinically relevant assays as well as biomarker related new assay platform evaluation.
  • Member of the Biomarker Sciences Senior Leadership Team.
  • Closely works with multiple departments including research, clinical operations, data management, and biometrics to ensure biomarker assays are qualified fit-for-purpose to address the needs of the biomarker strategy.
  • Manages the development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays including pharmacodynamic, predictive, prognostic, safety and other biomarkers.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • PhD or equivalent relevant experience in Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, or related field and a minimum of 12 years of relevant biomarker research experience. Must have expertise in one or more of the following therapeutic areas: oncology, hematology, immunology, or inflammation.
  • Experience in human translational research with biomarker application across a broad array of technologies in clinical trials and awareness of the challenges of implementing biomarker and/or diagnostic technologies in the clinical setting.
  • Direct experience in development, outsourcing and validation of clinically applicable biomarker assays is required.
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal skills and experience working in a matrixed environment are required.
  • Excellent team leadership skills including motivation and delegation plus previous people management experience.
  • Strong motivation, attention to detail, and ability to think independently and fully integrate into a high achieving team environment.
  • Must be able to work effectively on multiple programs in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and be able to supervise a high-performing team across sites (Foster City, Seattle).
  • High level of business awareness.
  • Candidate can be located in Seattle, WA or Foster City, CA but MUST be able to travel to both sites.



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