Sr Associate Scientist, QC Raw Materials

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Aug 12, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual to join us as a Sr. Associate Scientist in our QC Raw Materials Group.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Develop, validate, and transfer (bio)chemical and (bio)physical methods in support of in-house raw materials testing
  • With minimal supervision, design and execute method development experiments, validations, and tech transfer to both internal and external labs
  • Lead method troubleshooting and OOS investigations
  • Author and review technical reports, protocols, and operations/testing SOPs
  • When required, perform routine testing of incoming raw materials in support of release and troubleshooting efforts
  • Manage contract testing lab activities that pertain to method development and validation
  • Perform trending of release test results and method performance parameters
  • Guide junior staff in daily activities and act as a technical resource for the RM team
  • Order and maintain lab supplies and consumables
  • Other duties may be assigned


The ideal candidate would possess:
  • B.S. with 11+ years, MS with 9+ yrs, or PhD with 1 - 2 years of experience in a QC or AD environment
  • At least 5 years of experience in a GMP setting
  • Experience with (bio)chemical and (bio)physical methods applicable to both inorganic and biological raw materials: pH, osmolality, FT-IR, HPLC, LC-MS, protein identification methods, light obscuration, ELISA, SDS-PAGE, western blot
  • Experience with microbiological methods is a plus (e.g., sterility, endotoxin, bioburden)
  • Working knowledge of the applicable FDA, EP, and ICH guidelines
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams to meet business needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skill a must

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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