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Research Scientist – CAR-T Therapy Process Development

United States - California - Foster CityResearchRegular

Job Description

At Gilead, we’re creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we’ve tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer – working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world’s biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.


We empower our leaders to step up, share ideas, listen, learn, and lead. We’re welcoming bright, diverse, and imaginative minds; we’re nurturing them to foster an environment of inclusion and growth where innovation is encouraged. We expect our people leaders to model that environment, and to focus on creating inclusion, developing talent, and enabling teams.


Every member of Gilead’s team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we’re looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal – curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish an inclusive line between that purpose and our day-to-day work.

The preclinical process development team is seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist to join the group. The Research Scientist will play a key role in the development of CAR T cell manufacturing process focusing on CAR T cell product fitness and metabolism. The role will lead from bench and collaborate with cross-functional teams to support multiple cell therapy programs and advance pipeline candidates.


  • CAR T cell therapy process development and optimization
  • T cell characterization focusing on CAR T cell product fitness and metabolism
  • Explore T cell metabolic modulation during T cell manufacturing to improve T cell fitness
  • Work in close collaboration with cross-functional teams supporting pipeline projects
  • Mentor junior scientist in informal setting
  • Communicate plans and scientific results in both oral and written forms
  • Coordination of tasks across multiple projects, demonstrating prioritization and planning, managing timelines and deliverables
  • Keep electronic notebook and batch record.

Basic Qualifications

  • Doctorate OR
  • Master’s and 6+ years of scientific experience OR
  • Bachelor’s and 8+ years of scientific experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering/Immunology/Cancer Biology
  • Research experience with a successful publication track record
  • Experience with development of unit operations applicable in the manufacturing of genetically engineered T cell based therapy
  • Advanced cell culture techniques with preference for human T cell or other immune cell types
  • Proficient in utilizing analytical methods characterizing and understanding cell therapy product
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and trouble shooting skills
  • Proven track record to be self-motivated, creative, and work both independently and within a highly dynamic team
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced company and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Strong organizational skills and record keeping
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in a collaborative work environment
  • In-depth understanding of immune metabolism
  • Knowledge of state-of-art cell therapy bioprocess technologies
  • Proficiency in operating closed systems in cell therapy manufacturing

Does this sound like you?  If so, apply today!



The salary range for this position is: $165,580.00 - $214,280.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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