Research Associate II, Core Technologies, Analytics

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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 II Core Technologies, Analytics opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


We are seeking a highly capable, self-motivated Research Associate II for our Core Technologies Department. This individual will contribute to the further molecular engineering for our gene edited Universal Donor Cells. They will work as a key member on a fast-paced team to develop molecular and cellular assays to characterize our proprietary Universal Donor Cells.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Routinely executing standard molecular analytical assays including primer design and PCR/qPCR.

  • Routinely performing aseptic cell culture of pluripotent stems cells for general maintenance or experiment execution

  • Contributes to reagent and sample organization and inventory management systems

  • Completes experiments and gathers data in a systematic manner, utilizing strong multitasking and time management skills

  • Summarizing and presenting data in both oral and written formats.

  • Team player; collaborating effectively with various team members and other departments.

  • Maintain accurate records and work collaboratively to record experimental data

Organizational Context:

  • As part of a busy team, with minimal guidance, this role will work on multiple components of a project in the lab, interacting with multiple functions or research groups. Collaboration and teamwork is necessary for optimal performance.



  • Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture

  • Experience routinely executing PCR/qPCR assays.

  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and think on your feet.

  • 2+ years of experience with BS degree in related scientific discipline

  • 0-2 years of experience with MS degree in related scientific discipline


  • Experience with pluripotent stem cell (PSC) culture

  • Experience using recombinant adeno-associated virus

  • Experience with liquid handlers/lab robotics

  • Experience with routinely executing 384 well qPCR assays

  • Experience managing and data mining databases

Salary Range:

  • $64,500 – $86k (NOTE: Final salary could be more or less, based on experience)


  • 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


Category Technical Operations

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