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Astellas Pharma Process Development Analytical Associate II in South San Francisco, California

Are you ready to use your experience and expertise to make an impact on patients' lives? Astellas Gene Therapies is a biotechnology company developing new genetic medicines for rare, life-threatening diseases. We are working urgently to progress our medicines and need additional team members to help us do so. Because our mission is so important, our values are to: Be BOLD: Find a Way, Care Deeply, and Get Stuff Done. If you'd like to be a part of this important mission, please apply to join our team.

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website:

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)

  • Care Deeply -- for our patients, each other and our work

  • #GSDR (Get Stuff Done Right)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

The Process Development Analytical Associate I/II will be responsible for supporting upstream and downstream vector/plasmid process development efforts by characterizing the process with multiple assays on a routine-bases. The job responsibilities may change over time as your performance and the needs of the Company evolve. This role will be located in South San Francisco.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Performing key plasmid assays such as: DNA/RNA Gel Electrophoresis, MicroBCA, Endotoxin, residual ddPCR assays, Restriction Digest, and vector assays to support vector testing when needed

  • Review datasheets and reports

  • Data analysis, reporting and documenting results in a timely manner

  • Buffer and Solution preparation

  • Occasionally collaborate with PD subgroups

  • Sample inventory management

  • Maintaining and organizing lab space area

  • Collaborate on PDA-specific documents (FORMs and SOPs)

  • Assist in qualifying assays

  • Other duties as assigned

About you

Must Have/Required

  • BS degree in Biological Sciences plus a minimum of 0-2 years of experience as a research associate or equivalent within a biotech or pharmaceutical company

  • Proven experience in most techniques and assays listed

  • Meticulous attention to detail, and demonstrated experience of carefully recording methods and results

  • Proven and consistent work ethic; Self-directed; open to challenges with enthusiasm

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Outstanding collaboration, problem solving team player with excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Models our Core Values: Be Bold, Care Deeply, #GetStuffDoneRight -- is experienced as someone who exemplifies the culture we want to create; operates with transparency; is trusted

May Have/Preferred

  • Prior experience working in a fast-paced, start-up environment

  • Familiar with GDP/GLP

  • Familiar with ddPCR platform

  • Familiar with Benchling or ELN equivalent

  • Familiar with QIAprep


  • 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 Process Development

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