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Senior Research Associate of Assay and Screening

Research | Santa Monica, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Kite Pharma, Inc. is focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer cells.  We believe our immunotherapy is a market-redefining approach to the treatment of cancer.  We are an innovative and growing company located in beautiful Santa Monica and have a highly energized and accomplished team. We had one of the most successful biotechnology IPOs in 2014 and have a current market capitalization of well over $2.5 billion (NASDAQ: KITE).

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join us as a Senior Research Associate of Assay and Screening in our T-cell functional characterization group.  You will work with the research team in supporting our efforts in this exciting new area of cancer immunotherapy. Under minimal supervision, the successful candidate will be expected to perform experiments, organize and analyze results, and communicate and present findings in team meetings. You will also be asked to perform other duties as required.  In this role you will report to a Scientist or Senior Scientist.


  • The Senior Research Associate level requires at least 5 years of related industry experience in a lab environment with a Master’s Degree or at least 8 years of related industry experience in a lab environment with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working with chimeric antigen receptor models strongly preferred
  • Hands-on expertise in T cell functional characterization assays including in vitro cytotoxicity, proliferation, and cytokine/chemokine measurements
  • Expertise in in vitro T cell isolation and expansion methods
  • Experience in viral and non-viral methods of gene transfer
  • Ability to perform multi-parameter flow cytometric analyses
  • Knowledge of immunology and immuno-oncology, and high-throughput technologies are strongly desirable
  • Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Strong organizational skills and record keeping

Experience using both written and verbal communication, including presentations, to communicate results to a diverse cross-functional audience

Kite Pharma, an equal opportunity employer, is located in beautiful Santa Monica, CA just steps from Santa Monica Blvd and right off the 10.  We are able to offer the opportunity to be part of the first 100 employees in this successful, fast growing company.  A place everyone knows your name and respects your opinion while at the same time offering benefits and time off packages commensurate to any large corporation.   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.