Sr. Director, Medical Affairs Research, Oncology

Foster City, California
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.
May 27, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Full Time

We want the determined, the big dreamers, the hopeful explorers, the we’ve-got-this-ers. Because those are the kind of people who are best able to make an impact for people with cancer. So, what’s missing? Just someone like you.

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.

The role of Real World Data (RWD) has greatly expanded and has been recognized to providing value to determine comparative effectiveness, longer-term safety and efficacy outcomes, rationale for payor and clinical decisions and an evolving role in the regulatory process.  Gilead commitment to research emphasizes the importance of continued focus on science and patient outcomes throughout the lifecycle of our compounds.  

As such, Medical Affairs maintains a robust research portfolio across our therapeutic areas including investigator-initiated studies, collaborative studies, Medical Affairs led prospective research and studies encompassing RWD and patient reported outcomes (PRO). This important role focuses on real-world data and PRO data collection, generation, interpretation and dissemination and conducting original research to improve patient outcomes throughout the lifecycle of our medicines. 

We have the following exciting opportunity in our Foster City, CA location. We are seeking an experienced, well organized professional who will develop, implement and manage RWD and Observational Research (OR) strategies and tactics to demonstrate the value of pipeline and inline products in our growing oncology therapeutic area. 

Principle Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development of Global Medical Affairs Plans and outline strategic approaches for generating required evidence and research output necessary to the plan.
  • Contribute to develop and execution of the MAR medical strategy and activities to demonstrate the value of Gilead medicines
  • Research activities will focus on the broad areas of pharmacoepidemiology and will include retrospective database analyses, prospective cohort studies, PROs and real world research
  • Create or co-develop study concept documents, protocols, analysis plans, and final study reports, as well as draft manuscripts for studies which include relevant outcomes
  • Work cross functionally to assess, evaluate and select which data sources, cohorts, registries and collaborators represent the best partners to achieve the strategic objectives and data generation plans
  • Collaborate with colleagues in multiple other functional areas, including Epidemiology, HEOR, Therapeutic Area Medical Directors, Commercial Strategy and Clinical Development
  • Provide high quality technical and methodological support to cross-functional teams to effectively use clinical, and humanistic data to optimize treatment practice and improve patient outcomes throughout the lifecycle of our medicines
  • Contribute to assessing data gaps as part of the Integrated Evidence Planning process and provide input on clinical and PRO endpoints with Phase II/III/IV clinical trials in partnership with Medical Affairs, Clinical Development and Commercial
  • Develop scientific communications (e.g., manuscripts, scientific forum presentations, slide decks) to build the peer reviewed published scientific evidence base
  • Maintain and continue to enhance knowledge of technical and methodological advances and trends to ensure best approaches are used in studies and evaluations
  • Engage key clinical and methodological experts and facilitate the building of relationships via collaboration on various projects.  Provide methodological support at advisory boards, regional educational programs, conferences and other external meetings
  • Adhere to all applicable pharmaceutical codes, Office of Inspector General (OIG) guidelines, and Gilead policies
  • Exhibit Gilead’s core values: integrity, teamwork, accountability, excellence, and inclusion

Specific Education, Skills and Experience Requirements:

  • Deep knowledge and prior working experience in fields of Gilead’s areas of interest, especially RWD and PRO in oncology
  • Advanced scientific degree (Ph.D., MD, Pharm.D. or equivalent) ideally in Epidemiology, Public Health, Outcomes Research, or Biostatistics, with a minimum of 6+ years of experience in pharmaceutical industry, and 4+ years of OR
  • Strong methodological knowledge including retrospective and prospective study design and analysis, database assessment (including quality assurance metrics to ensure validity and robustness of the data elements) and analysis, advanced statistical methods needed for observational data, real world studies and/ or PRO development.  Proven track record as demonstrated by publications in peer-review journals
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, including management of multiple priorities and resources
  • Proven track record of executing clearly defined goals and objectives
  • Affinity for a collaborative, team-oriented environment and approach; ability to network and partner with internal and external stakeholders, including medical thought-leaders, and academic institutions
  • Aptitude for, and experience in, scientific dissemination of study outputs focused on internal and external stakeholders
  • A comprehensive understanding of global healthcare systems is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) is required 
  • Ability to travel (+/- 20%)


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  Apply today at Sr. Director, Medical Affairs Research, Oncology (

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