Research Associate I, Analytical Development

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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 Research Associate I, Analytical Development opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


The Research Associate will support assay development and qualification activities by performing cell culture and wet lab experiments and analyzing data. This individual will be expected to execute protocols with guidance and have the ability to summarize results independently. They will collaborate closely within the team and across functional groups to advance pipeline programs.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Follow established techniques in cell culture, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology to generate and analyze data in an accurate and reproducible manner.

  • Follows SOPs and batch records to execute experiments in analytical development related activities

  • Maintains accurate records in laboratory notebooks, appropriate databases, and inventories in a timely manner.

  • Under supervision of senior colleagues on developing project strategy including studies, objectives, and timelines that support long-term project team goals and objectives

Quantitative Dimensions:

The position has direct impact on the efficiency of the Analytical and Process Science & Technology teams/CMC Technical Operations Department

Organizational Context:

Reports to Analytical Development Associate Director, Department of CMC Technical Operations



  • BS degree in Live Sciences or Biomedical Sciences related filed

  • 5 to 2 years of related aseptic tissue culture technique

  • Hands-on knowledge of molecular and cell biology analytical methods

  • Excellent skills with MSOffice suite, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Teams

  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends


  • Previous experience with pluripotent cells

  • Experience in analytical development, data analysis, and reporting.

  • Experience in molecular- and cell-based methodologies (e.g., qPCR or ddPCR, ELISA, flow cytometry)


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 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 CMC Technical Operations

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