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Astellas Pharma Laboratory Assistant I in Seattle, Washington

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

Universal Cells , an affiliate of Astellas located in Seattle, WA, is focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. We conduct clinical-grade gene editing of stem cells to produce cells that avoid rejection and can be used in allogeneic cell therapy treatments to treat all patients that need them.



We are a dynamic team of research and scientific professionals who are passionate about turning science and innovation into medical solutions. Through our diversity, scientific knowledge, professional rigor and focus on innovation, we are merging our technology with the Astellas drug development expertise to unlock cures to many therapies. Join our team of committed, enthusiastic professionals devoted to making the most effective, life-saving cell therapy products in the world.

Universal Cells (UCI) is announcing a Laboratory Assistant I opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The primary purpose of the Laboratory Assistant position is to ensure the efficient operations of designated laboratory spaces, to include general lab organization, proper stocking of lab supplies and cleanliness. This position will work in a team environment, directly supporting the lab activities of the assigned laboratory room/s.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities may vary depending on assigned laboratory space. Additional knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) or current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMPs) may be required in order to be assigned to the various production or research labs.

  • Responsible for stocking laboratory supplies for assigned laboratory room with materials, which may include, stocking reagents, consumables, personal protective equipment, and various other lab related supplies.

  • May perform a variety of routine lab operations based on skill level, with technical direction from supervisor or laboratory personnel.

  • Assists in maintaining cleanliness and organization of laboratory rooms and keep in excellent working order, which may include some routine equipment care, inventory checks of specific supplies and orders, and other laboratory maintenance tasks.

  • May prepare media and reagents, such as stock solutions.

  • Supports scheduled equipment cleaning and maintenance, coordinates with Facilities Dept.

  • Works closely with Materials Management team for inventory and supply management

  • Learn and adhere to SOPs, as required for the job and assigned laboratory room.

  • Communicates regularly with immediate supervisor, Lab Manager, Team Leaders or Scientists as needed.

  • Will be cross-trained in other lab areas to provide adequate coverage and seamless lab support to all areas.

  • May provide support with documentation and tracking as needed depending on assigned laboratory area and skill level.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Streamline management of core laboratory operations tasks

Organizational Context:

  • This position will be provided training and assigned specific laboratory spaces. Some duties may vary depending on the assigned laboratory space (e.g. Cell Editing Production Lab areas, Assay Development Lab, Research Lab). As such, may report to different managers.

  • This position is an individual contributor with no direct reports.



  • High school diploma / GED equivalency

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Adaptable and flexible regarding work duties

  • Ability to work independently with general supervision

  • Efficient, detail-oriented, able to enter data accurately, log information.

  • Superior organizational and planning skills to manage job duties and responsibilities for assigned lab rooms.

  • Eager to learn new skills and continually improve lab operations

  • Able to work safely within the lab and take appropriate actions to ensure lab safety

  • Flexibility to work a shifted schedule from Tuesday to Saturday and accommodate scheduling adjustments, such as holidays, as needed.

  • Strong work ethic and reliability


  • Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or related field

  • 1-2 years prior experience in a clinical medical setting or laboratory experience

  • Knowledge of basic laboratory techniques (e.g., pipetting, sterile technique, solution preparation, etc.)

  • Experience working in GMP lab environment


  • 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 Technical Operations

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