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Astellas Pharma Research Associate I, R&D in Seattle, Washington

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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 Research Associate I, R&D opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The primary purpose of the Research Associate I position is to assist with the culture and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. This position will work primarily in a laboratory setting in collaboration with other scientists and research associates.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Culture and maintain human pluripotent stem cells as well as other primary immune cells.

  • Differentiate human pluripotent stem cells into various hematopoietic cell types.

  • Perform multi-color flow cytometry assays.

  • Closely collaborate with other members of the research group.

  • Perform experiments independently with careful attention to detail, accurately record procedures/data/results in an electronic laboratory notebook.

  • Interpret data, draw appropriate conclusions from experimental work, and present findings in team meetings.

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

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Direct impact on research related to key pre-clinical research program.

  • Potential to generate intellectual property.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to a Senior Scientist

  • Collaborates regularly with Scientists and RA's on other R&D teams



  • BS degree with 0-3+ years of relevant laboratory experience.

  • Experience in mammalian cell culture.

  • Diligence and meticulous attention to detail in experimentation and record keeping.

  • Willingness to learn and enthusiasm to contribute to a team working to develop a cutting-edge therapy platform.

  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work independently with supervision and ability to effectively collaborate with other teams.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • In this role you will be required to occasionally work on weekends, off hours and holidays as needed.


  • Experience with pluripotent stem cells/stem cell biology

  • Previous experience performing multiparameter flow cytometry and associated data analysis (FlowJo)

  • Basic understanding and competence in standard molecular biology techniques


  • 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 Research and Development

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