About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website: www.astellasgenetherapies.com

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.astellas.com/en.

Our Values:

Be BOLD (Find a Way)

Care Deeply – for our patients, each other and our work

#GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

Analyst I, QC Biochemical, will be responsible for implementing and executing analytical testing in support of clinical and commercial viral vector products in compliance with GMP requirements. Will also support testing for stability studies, methods validation studies and equipment validation.

Job Responsibilities

  • Author/revise technical reports and laboratory procedures (SOPs and methods)

  • Perform release, stability, and in-process testing in supporting production activities

  • Perform analytical testing in supporting method transfer/validations

  • Participate in equipment qualification/validation studies; deviation and OOS investigations; troubleshoot methods, as needed

  • Perform QC lab support activities including but not limited to sample management, reagent preparation, instrumentation maintenance, and instrument calibration

The Analyst I, QC Biochemical, will be responsible for ensuring clinical and commercial viral vector products are in GMP compliance through analytical testing. The role will participate in actions that support the QC lab and identify and correct any issues discovered in methods or procedures.

Required Qualifications

  • BS. degree in Biological Sciences with 0-2+ years of relevant industry experience in a quality control role; preferred 1+ years demonstrated experience in molecular/cell biology

  • Prior laboratory hands-on experience with a variety of analytical techniques including, but not limited to ddPCR, nucleic acid purification/detection, protein quantification, ELISA, and gel electrophoresis

  • Proven experience analyzing experimental data

  • Excellent technical writing skills

  • Must be capable of observing and adhering to lab safety standards and procedures

  • Successfully performs routine work independently with minimal instructions

  • Excels in a fast-paced team environment, handles multiple tasks concurrently, and in a timely fashion

  • Strong interpersonal skills, highly collaborative within a multi-disciplinary team and contributes to a supportive and positive work environment

  • Highly self-motivated and goal-oriented

  • This role is scheduled to work during normal business hours, typically starting at 8:00 AM, Monday – Friday; flexibility to cover off-shift work may be required

  • Will support and demonstrate quality standards to ensure data of highest quality

  • Works closely with team and other functional key stakeholders on the Astellas AGT Technical Operations team to execute work and will be expected to perform other duties and/or special projects as assigned


  • Prior experience in GMP QC environment (minimum 1 year)

  • Knowledge of cGMPs and regulatory requirements pertaining to biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries is strongly desired

  • Background in biochemistry or virology; experience with mammalian cell culture and cell-based assays

  • Working Conditions

  • This role frequently requires long periods of sitting, standing and use of hands and regular motion to include bending, stooping, and lifting up to 20lbs

  • This is an on-site role working in a cGMP regulated manufacturing facility

  • On occasion, this role may travel to other Astellas Gene Therapies manufacturing facilities (0-5%)


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 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


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Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans