Research Scientist - Bioinformatics

Kite Pharma
Emeryville, CA, United States
Sep 11, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Kite Pharma is revolutionizing the treatment of cancer through innovative cell enhancement. We are seeking a Bioinformatics scientist to join Kite Emeryville research informatics team to support a diverse team of scientists including: immunologists, synthetic and molecular biologists and other specialists to advance cell therapy research.

Job Description:

• Collaborate with scientists and research associates at all levels of R&D, supporting experimental design, data analysis, data interpretation and troubleshooting

• Develop and maintain bioinformatics infrastructure to support Kite basic research programs

• Engage in novel pipeline and algorithm development for NGS sequence analysis

• Engage in implementing best practices in analyzing in-house generated datasets

• Mine publicly available data to generate hypothesis regarding T-cell biology and cancer biology

• Present results in internal and external meetings

• Keep abreast of best practices and methods in the field

Competencies and Skills:

• Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology or related fields

• 0-2+ years of industry experience

• Have a strong understanding of molecular and cellular biology

• Strong understanding of statistics and ability to generate robust statistical models for predicting outcomes in multidimensional data

• Experience with cloud computing infrastructure, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Unix/Linux environments

• Expertise with bioinformatics tools, data QC, and statistical methods

• Proficiency building and maintaining large NGS based datasets, including familiarity with relational databases and statistical programming (languages and packages such as SQL, Python, R, Bioconductor, Shiny, and Pandas)

• Familiarity of publicly available genomic databases such as: dbGAP, Genbank, ENSEMBL

• Be a strong team player in a growing organization

• Ability to work independently, strong troubleshooting skills and come up with creative solutions to non-conventional problems

• Bring scientific rigor and integrity to immediately impact the delivery of breakthrough products to patients

• Experience with cancer, biology, immunology and/or industrial bioinformatics is preferred



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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