Senior Research Associate, Peptide Synthesis Core

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Depends on Qualifications
Aug 28, 2019
Sep 27, 2019
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological
Job Type
Full time

Senior Research Associate, Peptide Synthesis Core


Job Description

Everyone at Kite is grounded by one common goal – curing cancer. Every single day, we seek to establish a direct line between that purpose and our day-to-day work. Join us in our mission!


We are seeking a self-motivated and ambitious Senior Research Associate with strong work ethic and leadership qualities to join our new research and clinical production facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The facility is being developed as a Center of Excellence for the advancement of novel TCR mediated T cell therapies targeting tumor mutations and antigens.


Reporting to the Lead Scientist, you will contribute to and work in the Peptide Synthesis Core Facility which supplies internal R&D teams as well as external collaborators with synthesized peptide libraries.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


• You will contribute to the daily operations of the internal core facility for peptide synthesis. Tasks include, but are not limited to, planning and execution of necessary peptide synthesis projects, QC of synthesized peptides, generation and maintenance of production records, management of chemical supplies and maintenance of laboratory equipment, such as peptide synthesizers and LC-MS


• You will collaborate with external service providers to fulfill any specific needs in the area of peptide synthesis


• You will ensure compliance of the core facility activities with any applicable local, state and federal law


• Other duties as assigned




• A Bachelor/Master Degree in Chemistry (or related) with at least 3 years of experience in the area of peptide chemistry


• Expert knowledge in and demonstrated hands-on experience in automated peptide synthesis and QC of synthesized peptides (in particular by LC-MS), including related data-analysis and generation of production records, ideally in an industry or core-facility setting.


• Proficiency with a variety of equipment relating to peptide chemistry is expected


• Self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership in areas of responsibility and high attention to detail


• Strong organizational and record keeping skills


• 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


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


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 Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at


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