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KITE PHARMA, INC. | California, MD
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Job Description

Kite Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient's own immune system to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our core technology involves the genetic engineering of T cells, or white blood cells, to express either chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) or T cell receptors (TCRs) for the treatment of advanced solid and hematological malignancies. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and have a highly energized and accomplished team. Kite is publicly traded (NASDAQ: KITE) with a current market capitalization well over $2 Billion.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Research team as a 2020 Summer Intern. Do you want to make a real difference in the world? Come help us in our quest to cure cancer!

Cell Biology Research Intern II will:

* Create working stocks of cells by conducting iPSC line passaging and freezing
* Create specific plasmids for LVV and perform transduction
* Develop needed cell lines frozen and usable for Kite
* Review, assess and optimize current protocols to enhance the scalability of iPSC handling for large screening

The intern project will include cloning a new plasmid and utilizing it to develop a required iPSCline to support our iPSC team. The Intern will work on iPSC protocol optimization to simplify current protocols and help scale up for large screens. The Intern will gain a broad understanding of and hands-on experience in stem cell culture handling, cloning, experimental design and protocol optimization. The Intern will also learn basic laboratory etiquette and have exposure to the intricacies of industry protocols.

Basic Qualifications

* Must be at least 18 years or older
* Must be enrolled in the Fall Semester at an accredited university/college/graduate program after the completion of the internship (certification programs do not qualify)
* Must be able to complete a 10-12 consecutive week internship between June and September
* Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without Kite sponsorship
* Must be able to finance own relocation/housing, if not local, without Kite
* Hand-on laboratory experience
* Advanced level coursework in and/or deep understanding of genetics
* Hand-on experience with molecular biology technologies
* Strong organizational skills
* Extreme attention to detail
* Natural curiosity and enthusiasm for biopharmaceuticals sciences, specifically in cell therapy
* Comfortable with and welcoming of the pace and ambiguity at Kite and of the growing Cell Therapy world

Preferred Qualifications

* Interested in the field of stem cell research and development (iPSC/ESCs)
* Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
* Knowledge or experience of human stem cell culture, passaging, and cryopreservation
* Knowledge or experience of immune cell therapy with CAR-T or TCR-T cells
* Experience working in a professional capacity through research or industry internships
* Outstanding ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrate organizational, prioritization, and time management proficiencies
* Operationally excellent
* Strong analytical and problem solving skills
* Ability to work independently and together with a cross-functional team
* High scholastic achievement
* Ability to work early morning shifts


Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit www.kitepharma.com. Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kitepharma.

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