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Astellas Pharma Scientist I, Immunology in Seattle, Washington

Scientist I, Immunology

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!

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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 Scientist I, Immunology opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The primary purpose of the Scientist I, Immunology position is to design and execute in vitro assays towards the development of cell therapy products for autoimmune disease. This role will function within the context of a broader project team related to product development.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute in vitro assays immunological assays to characterize the function and phenotype of gene-edited immune cell products

  • Function as a technical lead to develop and execute new assays related to T cell activation, suppression, and tolerance.

  • Culture and maintain both primary immune cells and various hematopoietic cell types differentiated from pluripotent stem cells.

  • Work in collaborative environment with other team members to accomplish shared objectives.

  • Apply scientific rigor to all aspects of the job, including experimental design, troubleshooting, analysis, and interpretation.

  • Prepare technical reports, experimental summaries, and protocols/SOPs in specific area of research.

  • Regularly present research progress at group meetings and team meetings across Astellas sites.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • This position will play a critical role in developing next generation cell therapy products in collaboration with other Astellas sites and project teams.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to Senior Scientist

  • Work within a project team. Collaborates with colleagues within core team and with other teams within the Research group at Universal Cells.



  • PhD in immunology, cell biology, or related field with 0-3 years of relevant post-graduate experience, or MS with 6+ years, or BS with 8+ years of highly relevant experience.

  • Strong background in T cell immunology, including direct experience with human immune cell-based assays as demonstrated by strong publication and/or patent record.

  • Experience with design, execution, and analysis of multi-color flow cytometry panels.

  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills with scientific attention to detail.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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


  • Previous industry experience.

  • Experience with antigen presentation and antigen presenting cell biology

  • Experience with autoimmune diseases.


  • 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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