Astellas Pharma Research Associate, Ocular Research in Marlborough, Massachusetts

The Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma and focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's heath around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture. There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

AIRM has a world-class R&D team, and is pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, ranging from macular degeneration (currently in clinical trials) and other ocular indications to vascular and autoimmune disease. AIRM's intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as other cell based therapy research programs. AIRM is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Purpose & Scope:

The Research Associate, Ocular Research will perform experiments and process research and/or development in collaborations with others. Makes detailed observations, analyzes data and interprets results. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in and contributes to experimental design
  • Performs biological laboratory experiments utilizing internal and published procedures, including cell culture, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, cell imaging, flow cytometry, etc.
  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data, interprets results, and communicates effectively/accurately
  • Ensures availability of all experimental materials
  • Ensures proper maintenance of laboratory equipment and record keeping
  • Consistently completes work effectively and efficiently
  • Communicates with other members of multidisciplinary teams



  • BS with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Solid working experience in one or more of the following techniques: immunocytochemistry/immunohistochemistry, cell imaging/microscopy, and flow cytometry
  • Working knowledge of basic cell culture and aseptic processing and basic molecular biology technics (DNA/RNA prep, qPCR, WB etc.)
  • Attention to details and careful record-keeping
  • Excellent and effective organizational, oral/written communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively, efficiently, and flexibly in a team setting with a variety of personnel including PhD/MS level researchers and academic collaborators
  • Ability to identify and solve problems promptly and effectively


  • High-quality imaging techniques with confocal microscopy
  • Experience with creating, developing, and optimizing protocols for cell characterization experiments, such as immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry etc.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time.


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Category Research and Developmemt