Senior Research Associate - Protein Expression

Kite Pharma
Emeryville, CA, United States
Sep 04, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Research Associate to join Kite's research team at our Emeryville, CA, location. Specifically, you will be part of the new Protein Sciences team,
supporting our early pipeline through generation and characterization of critical recombinant
protein tools. You will have a strong background in mammalian cell culture and protein
expression and will work in a collaborative cross-functional team environment as you help
establish our new on-site protein production capability.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, but are not limited to
- Grow and maintain cell lines for transient and stable transfections and transductions

- Identify conditions for and appropriately scale transient and stable cell culture for
production of a range of different protein families

- Serve as subject matter expert for mammalian protein expression

- Coordinate and prioritize tasks across multiple projects, aligning with molecular biology
and protein biochemistry functions

- Collect and interpret data to report to project teams and other core functions
Qualifications and Experience

- BS or MS degree in Cell Biology or related fields

- 3+ years Industry/academic experience in mammalian expression of a range of
recombinant protein classes

- Excellent mammalian cell/tissue culture and sterile technique required

- Familiarity with Octet BLI platform is desirable

- Experience with transient transfection techniques and generation of stable cell lines

- Proficiency in the use of software to support data analysis such as FlowJo, GraphPad
Prism, as well as Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)

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

- Ability to think critically and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

- Strong organizational skills and record keeping, using ELN and LIMS

- Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to adapt to 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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