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Astellas Pharma Scientist I, Tumor Biology in Seattle, Washington

Scientist I, Tumor Biology

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, Tumor Biology opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The Scientist I, Tumor Biology position will be directly responsible for developing and implementing assays related to characterization and improvement of cell therapy products. Results will directly impact strategic direction of future products in the immuno-oncology pipeline.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute in vitro assays for characterization of natural killer cell therapy products.

  • Demonstrate creative problem-solving abilities to solve technical and biological challenges.

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

  • 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 collabation with other Astellas sites and Universal Cells project teams.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to Director of Research.

  • Directly collaborates with colleagues within a core team as well as other teams within the Research group at Universal Cells.



  • PhD. in Immunology, Cancer Biology, or a closely related field with an additional 0-3 years of relevant post-graduate experience, MS degree with 6+ years of relevant experience, or BS with 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • Hands-on experience characterizing immune effector cells using in vitro assays.

  • Understanding of key regulators of suppression of immune effector cells in the tumor microenvironment.

  • Experience in design, execution, and analysis of multi-color flow cytometry panels to characterize immune cell populations.

  • 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.


  • Prior experience with natural killer cells.

  • Prior experience with cell metabolism in the context of immune effector cells and the tumor microenvironment.

  • Experience with in vitro and in vivo solid tumor models

  • Experience with immunofluorescence/immunohistochemistry of tissue sections

  • Prior industry experience.


  • 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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