Astellas Pharma Sr. Research Associate, Cytogenetics 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.


We are seeking a highly motivated and talented senior Research Associate to join our R&D team and contribute to development of stem cell based therapies spanning multiple therapeutic areas. The successful candidate will have a track record of success in a collaborative research environment with proficiency in mammalian cell culture, various standard molecular and cell biology techniques and proven ability to plan and execute experiments and analyze data independently.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in collaborative and independent experimental design
  • Conducts laboratory research/assay development to characterize in process and end stage cell products using a variety of techniques including chromosome processing and analysis, FISH processing and analysis, etc.
  • Process development, validation and troubleshooting of SOPs
  • Follows best practice guidelines and all quality assurance guidelines set out for a clinical laboratory.
  • Analyzes data, interprets and communicates results. Prepares data summaries and figures for presentation
  • Manages, operates and maintains laboratory equipment
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates with other functional teams and external collaborators to meet project and clinical goals as well as turnaround times.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Ability to independently and efficiently perform laboratory experiments
  • Demonstrates proficiency in data analysis and troubleshooting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates effective collaboration with other teams



  • MS with 2+ years, or exceptional BS with 5+ years relevant laboratory experience
  • ASCP certification or equivalent
  • Proficiency in chromosome brightfield and FISH processing and analysis.
  • Assay and procedure validation experience
  • Proficient in aseptic mammalian cell culture required
  • Ability to effectively participate in cross functional collaboration and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent work planning, organization and record keeping is essential


  • Experience in microarray processing and analysis
  • Molecular biology experience


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Research and Development