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Cell Therapy Specialist I

United States - California - Santa MonicaManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular

Job Description

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative T cell therapy for cancer treatment. The Cell Therapy Specialist will be responsible for cell culture media preparation, cell processing and cell expansion in a cGMP clinical manufacturing facility.



·       Perform all tasks associated with the manufacture of clinical product following batch records and SOPs

·       Work as part of a small team to execute GMP runs in close collaboration with Product Sciences and Quality

·       Assist in the development of standard operating procedures, batch records, deviations and change controls

·       Successfully troubleshoot processing and equipment issues


Basic Qualifications


AA degree with 1+ years of experience in manufacturing, or biotech/pharma industry


High School degree with 2+ years of experience in manufacturing, or biotech/pharma industry



Preferred Qualifications


·       Bachelor’s degree preferred 2+ years of cGMP experience in a manufacturing pharmaceutical/biotechnology environment

·       Cell culture processing experience

·       Previous experience with cell therapy products

·       Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing, cell culture products

·       Strict adherence to SOPs and cGMP regulations, the ability to accurately complete documentation associated with clinical or commercial manufacturing

·       Excellent aseptic/sterile techniques and prior experience with cell culture, cell culture equipment including Wave bioreactors

·       Experience with handling and propagation of human primary cells, including T cells

·       Experience with working in a clean room environment (ISO 8, ISO 7, ISO 5)

·       Excellent skill in Microsoft word, Excel and data analysis

·       Ability to think critically, and demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

·       Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description

·       Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment

·       Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities

·       Ability to work off-shift and long hours

·       Ability to lift over 30 lbs

·       Ability to work standing/walking for several hours