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Process Engineer I - Allogeneic Cell Therapy

Kite Pharma
Santa Monica, California, United States (on-site)
12 days ago


Process Engineer I - Allogeneic Cell Therapy
United States - California - Santa Monica

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Job Description

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative cell therapy modalities for cancer treatment. As a Process Engineer in Process Design, the individual will work independently as well as collaboratively within a high-functioning project team. The individual should bring technical knowledge, initiative, strong scientific integrity, and an enthusiasm for learning in order to make significant contributions within the group. The individual will contribute to developing groundbreaking cell therapy products along with evaluating new technologies to help design and scale-up cell manufacturing. In addition, they will support drafting protocols and technical reports for Kite's engineered Allogeneic T-cell therapy products.

  • Understand and execute protocols related to media and buffer preparation, cell culture/differentiation, cell harvesting/formulation, and other activities as needed.
  • Perform hands on lab work to execute studies across multiple unit operations
  • Collaborate and develop a thorough understanding of operating parameters of unit operations for essential process characterization and improvement.
  • Evaluate new technology and develop processes for large scale cell manufacturing.
  • 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 reports.
  • Manages samples and inventory related to each experiment.
  • Participates in decision-making processes within the project team by actively engaging in scientific and technical discussions.
  • Write and review technical and summary reports.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
  • MS in Biomedical, Biochemical, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 0 years of experience in biotech/pharmaceutical process development
  • BS in Biomedical, Biochemical, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with two years of experience in biotech/pharmaceutical process development

Preferred Qualifications
  • 1-3 years of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing & process development experience.
  • Immune cell (T-cell, NK cell) and Stem cell (HSC) culture/differentiation experience at different scales using adherent and/ or suspension platforms including flasks, cellstacks, hyperflasks, culture bags, and bioreactors.
  • Hands on experience with automated single-use disposable cell therapy T-cell isolation, expansion, and harvest equipment/technologies.
  • 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 application, statistical analysis tools (JMP/ Minitab) and data management tools.
  • The ability to accommodate occasional weekend and evening work.

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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Job Information

  • Job ID: 68423009
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Kite Pharma
  • Position Title: Process Engineer I - Allogeneic Cell Therapy
  • Job Function: Administrative
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