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Process Engineer - Process Design, Cell Therapy

United States - California - Santa MonicaProcess/Product Development & OperationsRegular

Job Description

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative T cell therapy 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 in developing groundbreaking cell therapy products along with evaluating bioreactors to help design and scale-up cell manufacturing. In addition, they will support drafting protocols and technical reports for Kite’s engineered Autologous and Allogeneic T-cell therapy products.


Responsibilities

  • Understand and execute protocols related to media and buffer preparation, cell culture, cell banking 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 bioreactors 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.

Qualifications & Skills

  • MA/MS in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 2 years of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing & process development experience OR
  • BA/BS in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 4 years of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing & process development experience OR
  • AA/AS in Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline with 5 years of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing & process development experience OR
  • High School Diploma with 6 years of cell culture or cell therapy manufacturing & process development experience

Additional Qualifications

  • Cell culture experience at different scales using adherent and/ or suspension platforms from flasks to stirred-tanks bioreactors.
  • 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.