Senior Research Associate - Cell Biology

Kite Pharma
Emeryville, CA, United States
Nov 09, 2020
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Description

We are seeking an experienced, creative and motivated Senior Research Associate or Research Associate to join our growing team in Emeryville! In this role, you will contribute to the company's efforts to develop next-generation cell therapies in solid tumor malignancies.

Specifically, you will be part of a cell biology research team focused on engineering approaches to enhance CAR T anti-tumor activity in the tumor microenvironment. Are you ready to join our journey to cure cancer with cutting edge science?

The successful candidate will be expected to work in a collaborative cross-functional team environment, perform experiments, organize and analyze results, communicate effectively, and present findings in team meetings.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Employ viral-based strategies for the genetic modification of T cells with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs).
  • Culture and characterize CAR T cells and cancer cell lines
  • Plan and execute in vitro functional assays according to project timelines and goals
  • Coordinate tasks across projects, demonstrating prioritization and planning
  • Effectively communicate plans and results in both oral and written form
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:
  • MA/MS degree with 1+ years of experience in the science field
  • BA/BS degree with 2+ years of experience in the science field
  • Associates Degree / High School with 4+/6+ years of experience in the science field

Preferred Qualificatons:
  • 2+ years industry/academic experience
  • Excellent mammalian cell/tissue culture and sterile technique
  • Experience with multi-color flow cytometry and data analysis (FACSDiva, FlowJo)
  • T cell phenotyping and memory sub-setting a plus
  • Experience with ELISA, MSD, Luminex, or western blotting a plus
  • Experience with primary T cell-based assays (cytotoxicity assays, cell proliferation assays, cytokine secretion, etc. a plus), PCR, experience in viral gene delivery, and experience with tumor microenvironment suppressive factors a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and record-keeping
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced company 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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