Senior Research Associate, Shared Antigen Program

Kite Pharma
Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Aug 12, 2019
Science/R&D, Research
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
Kite, a Gilead Company, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, to express either target-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team driving to new frontiers of care for cancer patients.

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal - curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our shared-antigen TCR-T program as a Senior Research Associate in our new research and clinical production facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The facility is being developed as a Center of Excellence for the advancement of novel TCR mediated T cell therapies targeting tumor mutations and antigens.

Reporting to a Director, the individual will perform experiments to discover good quality TCRs against wide ranging shared tumor antigens, evaluate efficacy and safety with the goal to implement them into our therapeutic platforms. In addition, he/she will investigate several engineering features to potentiate the T-cell activity in variety of in vitro/in vivo experiments.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Isolation of primary human immune cells (T cells, B cells, Dendritic cells and other) from human blood and tumor material
  • Aseptic culture techniques of tumor, T cells, and cell lines
  • Isolation of candidate TCRs using single-cell techniques
  • Evaluation and detection of T cell populations for their characteristics using flow cytometry-based assays;
  • Viral vector-based or electroporation-based modification of tumor cell lines and primary immune cells
  • Taking charge of routine tasks relating to laboratory operations (e.g. organization and maintenance of lab supplies)


Candidates with the following educational and technical skill sets are encouraged to apply.
  • You possess a BS or MS in Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, Bioengineering or Biotechnology (or related field) and with at least 1-2 years of relevant technical experience.
  • Immunological techniques such as, isolation of T cells, mixed lymphocyte culture, cytotoxic killing assay, functional assays using FACS, ELISA and other methods, in vivo mouse model experiments etc. is essential.
  • Strong verbal, written communication and analytical skills in English and ability to communicate results to a diverse cross-functional audience
  • Proactive, ambitious great teammate with strong interpersonal skills, appropriate sense of urgency and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-pace environment with challenging work-load and to quickly get acquainted with novel methods and approaches
  • Thorough and continuous literature survey to stay up-to-date with the latest development in the field

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!



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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