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


This Scientist II, Immunology is a laboratory-focused role with the primary purpose of providing scientific expertise towards developing and implementing appropriate in vitro assays to characterize immune cell phenotypes. This role will have emphasis on different T-cell subsets and various antigen presenting cell populations.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Work on a team in a lab-based role to development and implement in vitro assays to characterize biology and function of T cells and antigen presenting cells.

  • Ability to troubleshoot experiments and propose next steps to achieve project goals.

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

  • Appropriately document and record experiments and data in an ELN.

  • Prepares technical reports, experimental summaries, and writes protocols/SOPs to support product development.

  • Regularly present findings at group meetings.

  • Collaborates with colleagues across Universal Cells and other Astellas sites.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • The Scientist II is a key position towards achieving scientific goals related to focus area product development.

  • This position may supervise 1-2 Research Associates depending on assigned projects.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to Director of Research.

  • Closely collaborates with colleagues within Research & Development at Universal Cells and other Astellas sites.



  • Ph.D. in Biology, Immunology, or a related field, with an additional 3+ years of relevant post-graduate experience, MS with 7+ years or BS with 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Direct knowledge and hands-on experience with human T-cell biology, as evidenced by a strong publication and/or patent record.

  • Expertise with in vitro immunological assays, including strong background in flow cytometry.

  • Demonstrated ability to move a project forward and work both independently and in team settings.

  • 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 industry experience.

  • Experience using RNA-sequencing and/or other omics technologies to interrogate immune cell function.

  • Experience with autoimmune disease models, including in vivo models.

  • Experience with human pluripotent stem cells.


  • 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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