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Astellas Pharma Animal Care Technician in Westborough, Massachusetts

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Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma Inc and focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's heath around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

AIRM has a world-class R&D team, and is pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, ranging from macular degeneration (currently in clinical trials) and other ocular indications to vascular and autoimmune disease. AIRM's intellectual property portfolio includes pluripotent stem cell platforms -- both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as other cell-based therapy research programs. AIRM is headquartered in Massachusetts.

Astellas is announcing an Animal Care Technician opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


The Animal Care Technician will be responsible for performing operational, administrative and technical tasks associated with comprehensive animal welfare and husbandry of Rodent species in a research facility.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform Rodent husbandry duties such as daily animal health check, cage change check.

  • Apply basic veterinary care and treatment of rodents as needed and per the instructions of the attending veterinarian and/or the vivarium manager.

  • Perform routine maintenance and sanitization of rooms and associated equipment within the vivarium.

  • Keep work areas stocked with supplies as needed for operation and study work.

  • Maintain holding, procedure and washroom records: e.g., room logs, sanitization records, census and inventory records, etc.

  • Receive and house rodent orders.

  • Conduct washroom tasks e.g. washing and sanitization of cages, enrichment, storage containers, disposal of wastes.

  • Assist with animal and supplies procurement.

  • Provide support to rodent breeding colonies e.g. breeding cages setup, litters weaning, animal Identification and sample collection for genotyping.

  • Assist with training of the research staff on basic animal handling procedures, Microisolator procedures, rodent injections (IV/IP/SQ, etc.) and sample collections (blood samples and tissue collection) as well.

  • Participate in the draft and review of operational SOPs.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Direct impact to Facilities, Research, and Technical Operations operating budgets

  • Direct impact to costs of contracts through strategic negotiations

  • Direct impact to Facilities, Research and Technical Operations objectives

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the Vivarium Manager at AIRM

  • Partners with research groups to provide an optimum care of the research animals and quality support of the in-vivo research projects



  • High School Diploma or equivalent with 2-3 years of hands-on exprenicne in research rodent husbandry, breeding and technical support.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. without assistance.

  • Possess the ability to work from a standing position for prolonged time periods and perform repetitive motion tasks.

  • Availability to support weekend, holiday, emergency, and after-hour operational responsibilities is required (scheduled and/or on-call).

  • Strong commitment to providing quality work, and dedicated to high standards of animal care and welfare, in accordance with all guidelines and regulations pertaining to Laboratory Animal Care

  • High level of attention to detail in delivering quality and consistent results in the conduct of all daily operational and technical duties.

  • Strong Microsoft office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal)

  • Reliable, able to work independently or as part of a team.


  • Associate degree or BS degree is highly preferred

  • AALAS-ALAT certification is highly desirable


  • 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

  • Referral bonus program


Category Research and Development

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