Process Engineer - Allogeneic Process Design

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Nov 08, 2020
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

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. Would you like to join us in this mission?

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Allogeneic Process Design as a Process Engineer I. The Process Engineer will work independently as well as collaboratively within a high-functioning project team. Bringing technical knowledge, initiative, strong scientific integrity, and an enthusiasm for learning, the incumbent will make significant contributions within the group. The Process Engineer will both contribute highly in evaluating bioreactors to help design and scale-up cell manufacturing as well as support drafting protocols and technical reports for Kite's engineered Allogeneic T-cell therapy products.

Responsibilities of the Process Engineer - Allogenic Process Design include:
  • Understand and execute protocols related to media and buffer preparation, cell culture, genetic modification of T-cells, cell banking and other activities as needed
  • Evaluate impact of process parameters on product performance and develop processes for large scale cell manufacturing
  • Collaborate and execute studies to develop a thorough understanding of operating parameters of unit operations for process improvements
  • Participates in decision-making processes within the project team by actively engaging in scientific and technical discussions
  • Enters and analyzes data to support project leads in preparation of presentation, data graphs and technical reports
  • Manages samples and inventory related to each experiment
  • Write and review technical and summary reports
  • Interface cross-functionally with Process Design, MSAT, Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, and external partners as needed


MS/MA OR BS/BA Degree in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or related fields with 2+ years of cell culture and/or cell therapy manufacturing and process development experience OR Associates Degree / High School Degree with 4+/5+ years of the above-mentioned experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Aseptic Cell culture experience at different scales using adherent and/ or suspension platforms from flasks to stirred-tanks bioreactors
  • Practical demonstration of hands on process development including use of statistical design of experiment
  • Ability to work and collaborate in cross functional teams, research, development, manufacturing in a fast pace, dynamic team setting
  • Ability to think critically, analytically and have demonstrated troubleshooting and problem solving skills based on deductive reasoning
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent with Microsoft office applications, statistical analysis tools (JMP/ Minitab) and data management tools
  • The ability to accommodate occasional weekend and evening work and critical business related travel, if required

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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