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

Purpose:

The Research Associate will support assay development activities by performing cell culture and wet lab experiments, analyzing data, and drafting protocols and reports. This individual will collaborate closely within the team and across functional groups (Research/QC) to advance pipeline programs.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

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

  • Conducts experiments after discussion of the design and strategy with the supervisor.

  • Contributes to assay development, optimization and validation.

  • Performs literature searches and analysis as needed for assay development.

  • Subcultures, differentiates, freezes and characterizes multiple cell lines using SOPs.

  • Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.

  • Follows SOPs and batch records.

  • Maintains accurate record keeping in laboratory notebooks and appropriate databases in a timely manner.

  • Maintains inventory of reagents and disposables and orders supplies as needed.

  • May perform assays under GDP to support process development.

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

Qualifications:

Required:

  • BS degree with 3+ years or MS with 0-2 years of laboratory experience

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Self-reliant, self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized

  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills

  • Two or more years' experience with aseptic tissue culture technique

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

  • Capable of meticulous GDP record keeping

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to analyze own data and write concise reports

  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends

Preferred:

  • Experience with pluripotent cells

  • Working knowledge of flow cytometry, qPCR, and ELISA

  • Experience working under GLP/GMP

  • Knowledge of automated methods for cell analysis

  • Experience with assay qualification/validation and/or cell therapy products

Benefits:

  • 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

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