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Astellas Pharma Scientist II, Core Technologies 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 Scientist II, Core Technologies opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


We are seeking a highly capable, self-motivated Scientist 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 performs aseptic cell culture of pluripotent stems cells for general maintenance or experiment execution.

  • 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. Documents qualified activities according to Universal Cells Quality Assurance guidelines.

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

  • Serves as the team lead with possibility for managing Research Associates.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed. Able to work independently with minimal guidance and think critically about experiments and results

  • Keen organizational skills and the ability to maintain accurate and up to date records

Organizational Context:

  • This position reports to Director of Core Technologies

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



  • PhD with 3+ years, MS Degree with 7+ years, BS Degree with 10+ years or of relevant hands-on laboratory experience including aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture.

  • Experience working with cell based assay design and execution, including flow cytometry.

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

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team lead.

  • 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.

  • Ability to work occasional days on weekends and holidays if/as required


  • Experience with Good Documentation Practices and working within Quality Systems

  • Experience with pluripotent stem cell culture techniques.

  • Familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques and rAAV technology

  • Experience managing and training research staff


  • 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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