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Astellas Pharma Research Associate II in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Associate II

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

Mitobridge is an affiliate of Astellas. At Mitobridge, we are passionate about developing novel therapeutics that improve mitochondrial function to treat devastating human diseases. Mitochondrial dysfunction is increasingly linked to disease pathologies and we believe that 'normalizing' mitochondrial function can ameliorate or reverse disease states.

Astellas is announcing a Research Associate II opportunity at their Mitobridge site in Cambridge, MA.


Mitobridge is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to join our Translational Biology group and participate in drug discovery programs that lead to the identification of new targets. The primary focus of this position is to conduct high quality bench research and to perform biochemical and cellular assays that will contribute to our drug discovery efforts.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • In vitro tissue culture experience (treating cells, culturing, banking)

  • Able to perform dilutions and calculations independently

  • Evaluate biological samples and cells by using western blotting and commercially available assays/kits.

  • In vivo sample processing for RNA and protein isolations

  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills and attention to detail are a must

  • Collaborate with other members of the group and present their work at regular department meetings.

  • Detailed record-keeping and protocol refinement as related to molecular and cellular assays

  • Efficient in excel, word, PowerPoint

  • Proficiency with molecular biology tools (i.e., qPCR)

  • Interest in learning new molecular biology techniques, assays, and platforms

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position directly impacts our ability to prosecute our company goals of maintaining an early-stage pipeline of potential drug candidates. The measures of success are the advancement of new targets through the successive stages of the drug discovery pipeline.

Their components are:

  • Efficient and technically competent execution of lab work designed to advance early -stage projects.

  • Accurately interpret experimental data, perform statistical analysis, formulate conclusions, and communicate data with colleagues.

  • Maintenance of accurate and up to date records of experimental data.

  • Presentation of data at regular internal meetings.

Organizational Context:

The position will be filled at a Research Associate-2, within the Translational Biology group.



  • Bachelor's degree with 3+ years of laboratory experience or Master's Degree with 0-2 years' experience.

  • Prior experience conducting high quality science in an industry setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to think logically and critically with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Team player with strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Able to work productively and to participate in a highly creative and fast-paced environment.


Experience in drug discovery setting.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation and Sick time, plus national holidays including year-end shut down

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category Research and Development

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