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Astellas Pharma Research Associate II, Stem Cell Research in Westborough, Massachusetts

Research Associate II, Stem Cell Research

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at .

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, Stem Cell Research opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


Performs experiments and progress research and/or development in collaboration with others. Makes detailed observations, analyzes data and interprets results. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Perfoms cell culture and cell characterization experiments, including culture and generation of pluripotent stem cells (ES, iPS)

  • Participates in and contributes to experimental design and data analysis

  • Facilitates method and technique transfer to manufacturing

  • Understands and effectively conducts biological laboratory experiments utilizing internal and published procedures

  • Updates and optimizes existing batch records and procedures

  • Ensures availability of all experimental materials

  • Ensures proper maintenance of laboratory equipment and record keeping

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Consistently completes work effectively and efficiently

  • Communicates effectively with line manager and group members

  • Consistently achieves individual goals as set out in Star Performance

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to the next line manager.

  • Communicates with other members of multidisciplinary teams.



  • BS with 3+ years' or MS with 0-2 years' relevant experience

  • Solid working experience in cell culture

  • Working knowledge of basic molecular biology techniques, FACS, qPCR, western blot, ELISA, cell imaging and immunofluorescence techniques

  • Attention to detail and careful record-keeping

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills


  • Experience with developing protocols for directed differentiation and maturation

  • Prior knowledge or experience in stem cell biology or ocular biology

  • Ability to work with a variety of personnel including staff, researchers, and academic supervisors.

  • Aibility to troubleshoot and solve problems


  • 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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