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Senior Research Associate, Assay Technologies, Research

Research | Santa Monica, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Kite Pharma Inc., founded in 2009, is dedicated to the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight tumor cells.  We are a small, dynamic and accomplished team with an exciting growth trajectory for the coming year.

Job Summary

The candidate will develop and optimize immunological, biological and molecular based assays in support of research, product development, manufacture and clinical activities at Kite Pharma.  The successful applicant will contribute to the development and optimization of assays for multiple product lot release and stability studies, product process development, product impurity and product characterization.  Additional responsibilities include in-house assay qualification and provision of technical support to transfer assays to CMOs; generate anti-id antibodies for FACS/PK/PD studies for each of product candidates; develop and perform following assays: PK/PD analysis of clinical samples, Luminex based assays for cytokine profile analysis of both product and clinical patient samples, cell based assays to screen hybridoma clones for anti-id antibodies, immunogenicity and neutralization assays to detect and characterization of HAMA/HAHA antibodies in clinical patient samples for multiple products.  Expectations also include compliance with FDA regulation for documentation of experiments and reports, data entry, and record keeping; communication of results to members in various functional areas, QC and maintenance of equipment, general laboratory maintenance, and ordering of supplies.  Other duties may be assigned as well.

Job requirements

The candidate should have a B.S, M.S, or PhD in biology, cellular immunology or related field, and 8+ years of relevant experience for B.S and M.S., ideally in industry setting.  Experience with all aspects of flow cytometric analysis (FACS), Luminex and related technologies for assessing lymphocyte function/phenotype, as well as hands on experience with assay development are ideal.   Experience in assay qualification and transfer is preferred.  Proven ability to troubleshoot problems in development and performance of assays and routine instrument operation, understanding and familiarity with techniques used in cell culture and cell characterization are required.  Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are essential. 

Kite Pharma Inc., an equal opportunity employer, is located in beautiful Santa Monica, CA just steps from Santa Monica Boulevard and right off the 10 Freeway.  We are able to offer the upside of working in a small, but growing company where everyone knows your name and respects your opinion while at the same time offering top-notch benefits.   Did we forget to mention the stock options?   To learn more about us, please visit our website at 

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your resume or CV, cover letter and salary requirements.  All submissions will be evaluated and interviews will be conducted for those applicants who most strongly fit our needs. If you are not contacted for an interview, your resume will remain on file and active for available positions for a period of one year.

No phone calls please and no agencies or recruiters.