Senior Director, Transplant Technology

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Oct 16, 2019
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished scientist to join Kite Pharma's Cell Therapy Research organization as the lead of the Transplantation, Allogeneic, and Stem Cell Biology Group. The selected candidate will direct the group and focus on the development of strategies to optimize the generation of allogeneic approaches from both healthy donors and iPSC platforms, with the goal of generating a CAR-T allogeneic cell therapy products.


The successful candidate will be expected to design experiments, coordinate with sub-teams, and direct reports to execute program workflows, organize and analyze results, determine appropriate follow-up experiments, and communicate program progress to the general research group and management. The candidate will be expected to maintain program progress according to established timelines, and adjust research focus as necessary to ensure progress is on-track.

The selected candidate will lead a team of scientists and associates focused on the development of normal donor and stem cell-based allogeneic product for engineered cellular immunotherapies. Responsibilities will include identifying and evaluating several different genetic modifications and their impact on T-cell development, phenotype, and potency of modified cell product, allogeneic responses, graft rejection, and product persistence. The team lead will interface with the Product Sciences department to develop various T-cell methodologies towards initial clinical testing and into a commercial processes.


PhD degree in cellular biology, immunology, or a closely related field with7+ years of industry experience

Direct experience in transplantation, T-cell development, and immunology (as it pertains to transplant tolerance and persistence), TCR-MHC interactions and CAR-T biology

Experience in cell engineering using viral or non-viral methods, and nuclease engineering with the goal of gene-therapy is desired

Experience managing and engaging direct reports

Expertise in multicolor flow cytometry, preferably in T-cell development and mature T-cell phenotyping

Expertise in automation systems, such as automated liquid handling robotics and bioreactors is preferred

Strong organizational and record keeping skills

Experience with T-cell product generation, preferably CAR-based or TCR-engineered T-cells

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment

Comfortable in a fast-paced research environment with minimal direction, and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

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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