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, Molecular 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 molecular engineering for our gene edited Universal Donor Cells with activities focused on performing custom TaqMan based PCR assays. They will work as a key member on a fast-paced team to run molecular assays to characterize our proprietary Universal Donor Cells.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs standard molecular biology techniques including PCR, primer design, molecular cloning, and Sanger sequencing as needed.

  • Shows willingness to learn new protocols, relevant equipment, and related software.

  • Maintains accurate records and assists other team members with recording and compiling experimental data in a timely manner.

  • Self-motivated with good time management skills.

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

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

  • Contributes to reagent and sample organization and inventory management systems.

  • Maintains accurate records according to Good Documentation Practices and compiles experimental data in a timely manner. Documents qualified activities according to Universal Cells Quality Assurance guidelines.

  • Summarizes and presents data in both oral and written formats.

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

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Direct impact on HLA-edited Universal Donor Cells.

Organizational Context:

  • Will work closely with a team of Research Associates & Scientists

  • Will work with minimal guidance for routine tasks, but closely with more senior team members on special projects as needed.

  • Collaboration and teamwork are necessary for optimal performance.



  • BS Degree with 2+ years / MS Degree with 0-2 years of relevant hands-on laboratory experience.

  • 1 year experience utilizing molecular biology techniques such as PCR and troubleshooting qPCR-based assays

  • Strong organizational, time management skills, and the ability to maintain accurate and up-to-date records.

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with other team members.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong work ethic with a passion to learn and work in a fast-paced, dynamic and diverse work environment.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and think critically, with careful attention to detail.

  • Flexibility to work a shifted schedule from Sunday to Thursday


  • Experience performing molecular assays within a Quality Assurance framework

  • Experience with Taqman based PCR assays

  • Experience performing high throughput, quick turnaround qPCR

  • Experience with liquid handling robots

Salary Range

  • $61K – $82K (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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