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Astellas Pharma Research Associate I, Process Development in Seattle, Washington

Universal Cells is focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. We conduct clinical-grade gene editing of stem cells and have a major effort in R&D. We design and produce stem cells that avoid rejection, and we engineer cells with improved therapeutic properties, all through our world-class gene editing platform.

Our goal is to provide cells for regenerative medicine applications that can treat all patients. Through internal R&D and our corporate partnerships, we are pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, including blindness, cancer, vascular insufficiency, and autoimmune diseases.

Universal Cells (UCI) is announcing a Research Associate I, Process Development opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA.


Universal Cells carries out clinical-grade AAV-mediated gene-editing of pluripotent stem cells. The Research Associate I Process Development will work as part of a team evaluating processes, and planning/executing experiments to evaluate all aspects of culturing, gene-editing, and processing of pluripotent stem cells.

The Research Associate will be formally trained and will perform all fundamental skills including record keeping, general lab skills, equipment use and maintenance, aseptic technique/cell culture, and basic troubleshooting. They will assist with projects and lead day-to-day activities based on abilities. They will keep appropriate documentation, including lab notebooks, batch documentation and experimental summaries. They may assist in preparing controlled documents and data summaries

Universal Cells is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's health around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Exhibit working knowledge and understanding of aseptic cell culture technique and processing.
  • Support the Process Development team as well as other departments with the maintenance of pluripotent stem cell cultures.
  • Assist with the design and execution of complex laboratory experiments to evaluate processes and products.
  • Support the Cell Editing Production team to identify and troubleshoot challenges in manufacturing processes.
  • Collaborate to establish and tech transfer new manufacturing processes and assays.
  • Cross-train on batch documentation and protocols to support the Cell Editing Production team.
  • Detailed record-keeping and ability to write and follow established SOPs.
  • Analyze and communicate results in both oral and written formats by participating in team meeting preparations and presentations.
  • Show willingness to learn new protocols, relevant equipment, and related software.
  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operations of the cell culture lab.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.



  • Biotechnology Certification or AA 2-4 or BS 0-3 years of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Solid working knowledge of aseptic mammalian cell culture technique.
  • Strong work ethic with a passion for working in a fast-paced, dynamic and diverse work environment.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem solving skills with scientific attention to detail.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with other teams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent record keeping.


  • Experience with pluripotent stem cell culturing is preferred.
  • Experience with method and assay development is preferred.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Research and Development