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Astellas Pharma Technical/Group Lead, Clinical Gene Editing in Seattle, Washington

22-POS00030628 - Technical Lead or Group Lead

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!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at

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 Technical Lead or Group Lead opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA .


The primary purpose of the Technical or Group Lead position, in a Scientific or Technical function, is to collaboratively plan and execute experiments, apply established scientific techniques and/or department processes to support a specific research team or department. This position will proficiently execute a wide range of techniques and processes with high technical quality, as a key contributor in a specific research area or team. Contributions will further team efficiencies, maintain process continuity and reliability of results; will demonstrate effective communications internally within the team; be a leader and role model in the laboratory environment; and contribute to research, innovation and continuous improvement within the designated research team or department.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Advanced understanding of at least one fundamental research area or discipline with strong working knowledge of scientific techniques and/or department processes.

  • Able to utilize a wide range of scientific techniques and troubleshoot moderately complex problems within assigned research area or team.

  • Demonstrates significant technical knowledge and process understanding for a specific research area, research team or department based on deep understanding of required research methodology.

  • Evaluates and defines approaches to work and coordinates the research efforts to support the assigned area of responsibility.

  • Analyzes data, interprets results and clearly communicates results to peers, Scientists and Team Leaders.

  • Makes key technical contributions affecting the direction of the group and/or project.

  • May lead team meetings and present at cross-functional team meetings.

  • May review the work, data or findings of new or more junior research team members.

  • Specific duties may vary depending on area of research expertise or experience.

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

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Scope and complexity will vary depending on designated research area or team. Will generally be responsible for quality of work product, experiments, etc. within designated research area or team.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to Senior Scientist, Team Leader or Department Head. Typically is able to provide directon to new or more junior Researchers with regards to specific department protocol and procedures.

  • Will mentor junior RAs and may have a small team of direct reports.



  • BS with typically 8-10 years or more of laboratory experience; MS with 7+ years of lab experience.

  • Degree in Life Sciences or related discipline

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based scientific environment

  • Ability to think outside the box and tackle challenges with a problem-solving, can-do attitude

  • Ability to multitask and support multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to maintain flexibility for changing priorities

  • Take initiative with demonstrated ability to think analytically and describe to others

  • A collaborative, role model and team player; good lab citizen

  • Enthusiasm and passion for executing innovative scientific research in a team environment

  • High attention to detail and organization

  • Effective and proactive communication


  • Experience managing 1-2 direct reports

  • Prior experience training or teaching others in a laboratory setting


  • 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 Technical Operations

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