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Astellas Pharma Principal Research Associate/Scientist- Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine 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 a Principal Research Associate/Scientist- Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


We are seeking a highly motivated Scientist I / Principal Research Associate, to join our regenerative medicine team and contribute to our Ocular Research team.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute assay development experiments for cell therapy products

  • Prepare virus vectors and perform cell transductions

  • Responsible for maintenance, characterization, and differentiation of pluripotent stem cell lines

  • Perform RNA and Protein expression analysis

  • Research literature, participate in team discussions, and contribute to experimental design

  • Make detailed observations, analyze data, interpret results, present data, and maintain records

  • Establish a strong collaboration and communication with a multidisciplinary cross-cultural team as well as external stakeholders



  • Scientist I:

  • PhD (Stem cell biology/Developmental biology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences or related field) with 0-3 years of post-PhD lab experience.

  • Principal Research Associate:

  • BS with 8+/MS with 4+ years of relevant experience

  • High level expertise in one of the following:

  • Stem cell research including cell culture, stem cell analysis, and differentiation

  • Tissue engineering and biomaterials

  • Experience in lentivirus or AAV generation and transfection

  • Demonstrated experience in project planning, experiment execution, and result analysis

  • Solid work experience in one the following techniques: immunocytochemistry/immunohistochemistry, western blotting, and flow cytometry

  • Proficient in molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA prep, qPCR, ELISA, and Luminex

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting

  • Highly motivated, well organized, detail-oriented, and an adept learner with the ability to identify and troubleshoot complex problems and suggest process improvements

  • Excellent oral and written communication, as well as interpersonal skills


  • Experience in the ocular field highly desirable

  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis of transcriptomic data preferred

  • Experience in state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques such as single cell analysis and CRISPR a plus


  • 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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