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Astellas Pharma Laboratory Support Technician I in Westborough, Massachusetts

Laboratory Support Technician I

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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 a Laboratory Support Technician I opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


The Laboratory Support Technician I, reports to the Associate Director, Facilities, and helps oversee the day-to-day operations of the AIRM Research laboratories. This individual performs a variety of duties including equipment management, lab cleanliness, refrigerator and freezer maintenance, ordering, records management, laboratory safety support, autoclaving, and general lab stock / inventory. The incumbent must be a highly motivated self-starter who is comfortable supporting laboratory operations, working in a hands-on environment, has an interest in taking on increasing responsibilities.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with laboratory equipment lifecycle management including purchase, setup, preventive maintenance, reactive maintenance, calibration, certification, and equipment retirement

  • Assist with maintaining the equipment monitoring (alarm) system

  • Perform equipment decontamination and cleaning as needed

  • Assist research staff with specialized consumables purchases as needed

  • Maintain laboratory cleanliness as needed and through coordinated annual efforts

  • Manage the laboratory notebook processes encompassing assignment, collection, and post collection processes including retirement and archiving

  • Contribute to a culture of safety through collaboration with research staff and environmental health and safety

  • Assist with all aspects of vendor relationships

  • Some clerical tasks/data entry

Quantitative Dimensions:

This position is measured against two key areas 1) the number and types of vendor interactions and 2) the quantity and types of equipment maintenances performed. Both relate to the general upkeep and availability of the research equipment which directly impacts the research operations in Research and non-GMP Tech Ops

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the Associate Director, Facilities at IRM and works closely with the Laboratory Operations Manager. This position works closely with the Research and non-GMP Tech Ops staff and has high visibility ranging from research technicians to the heads of those groups. This position will spend most of its time in the laboratories providing the operational support needed by the researchers. This will come in the form of basic projects, equipment maintenance, consumables provisioning, and a host of other efforts.

  • This position has an important role in fostering and maintaining a culture of safety and works with the research staff and EHS to assure compliance and improvements when deficiencies are identified.



  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • 2+ years laboratory operations experience

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Outlook


  • Associates Degree

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical research setting

  • Experience with basic microbiological techniques


  • 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 IRM-Operations & Transformation

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