Senior Scientist, T Cell Production

Kite Pharma
Emeryville, CA, United States
Jul 09, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Kite Pharma is seeking an experienced scientist to lead the T cell production group within the preclinical research organization in Emeryville. The successful candidate will lead a team which plays an important core function in bridging early in vitro research to preclinical in vivo work through the production and characterization of CAR T cells.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (include, but not limited to):
  • Establish and maintain donor screening and supply functions for preclinical studies.
  • Optimization of T cell expansion processes, enrichment and activation.
  • Hands-on proficiency in T cell culture and use of analytical tools and techniques to characterize T cells including cytokine, cytotoxicity and proliferation assays.
  • Experience in multi-parameter flow cytometry and data analysis.
  • Prior experience working with viral vectors for gene delivery to mammalian cells.
  • Application of technologies and tools to improve efficiency of T cell production.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain detailed documentation of research activities.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able embrace change and deploy resources to provide key deliverables.
  • Independently investigate and/or collaborate with other internal groups to explore alternative non-viral gene delivery systems or novel culture mediums for cell growth.
  • Recruit, develop and mentor a team of scientists.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.

  • PhD in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology or a closely related field.
  • Minimum PhD +5 - 10 years of relevant experience in the field.
  • Prior experience with cell therapy is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to collaborate with and effectively influence others.



Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

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