QC Microbiology Technician - EU


About Kite Pharma, A GILEAD Company

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 Europe is currently adding additional talent as it focuses on developing the European Region in support of providing maximum access to patients with unmet needs. We’re building a state-of-the art manufacturing site in the Netherlands (Amsterdam-Hoofddorp),.

We’re currently seeking to recruit highly motivated talents for different positions, to join us and be part of our exciting journey in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies and their translation to the treatment of patients with cancer.

Department Description

As QC Microbiology Technician you’ll be joining a newly formed team in which people of all backgrounds and experiences are respected, and where working together focused on saving lives, by finding the cure for cancer, is a daily activity.

You’ll be reporting to the manager QC Microbiology.

Your challenge

In this role, you will ensure that all environmental components in the clean rooms are adequately monitored and perform visual inspection of the final product. Due to the nature of the treatment this role requires high level of proficiency and ownership of the process, with the highest skill level of aseptic and sterile techniques. You will be able to develop yourself in tech transfers from the US to the EU, since we are in start up fase in the EU. You also get the chance to develop, revise and review SOP's and make a substantial contribution to our treatment and the growth and development of Kite Pharma.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Transfer tech from the US to the EU, during start up.
  • Perform environmental monitoring of cleanrooms
  • Perform microbiological assays such as Gram Stain, Endotoxin, Sterility, Microbial Identification, Growth Promotion, Bioburden and Plate Reading
  • Perform visual inspection of final product
  • Data entry and trend data
  • Develop, revise and review SOP’s
  • Conduct investigations regarding out of specifications (OOS) results and address and manage deviations related to micro procedures
  • Routine maintenance of lab equipment and lab spaces
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology preferred with 2 to 6 years of Microbiology lab/Environmental Monitoring experience
  • Experience in the application of microbiological techniques such as air monitoring, water testing, surface monitoring, genus and species identification of various microbes
  • Experience in aseptic techniques and clean room operations
  • Ability to gown for entry into Aseptic core and supporting areas, and lift approximately 25 lbs.
  • Ability to pass vision exam for visual inspection
  • Knowledge of GMP, SOPs and quality control processes
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other applications
  • 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 be flexible with schedule, and work overtime as needed

More information?

Applictions can be submitted using the ‘apply” button. Would you like to know more before you apply? Please contact me, Janne Bruntink - talent acquisition specialist, via: careersEU@kitepharma.com. Or call our recruitment desk: +3120 237 43 91.




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