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Astellas Pharma Scientist I, PSC & Vascular Research 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 Scientist I, PSC & Vascular Research opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


Conducts novel cell biology and molecular laboratory research. Coordinates research efforts and makes key technical contribution affecting the direction of the group and/or project. Performs experiments and analyltical procedures, applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts. Applies expertise and breadth of knowledge to ongoing research and development of new project proposals.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs laboratory-based research independently and/or in collaboration with others.

  • Makes detailed observations, analyzes data and interpret results.

  • Maintain multiple PSC lines and perform differentiation into mesoderm & vascular lineages.

  • Performs viral transduction/engineering of pluripotent stem cell lines and/or their derivatives.

  • Perform in vitro assays, data collection, analysis, and interpret results to characterize cardio/vascular progenitor populations and derivatives thereof.

  • Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement.

  • Maintains high level of professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature and novel technologies and help manage external collaborations.

  • Develop and adhere to SOPs and workflows with proper documentation.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Consistently completes work on time/in accordance with deadlines and does so with minimal supervision.

  • Communicates effectively with line manager and group members, building trust and engagement in the team ensuring timely completion of activities and projects.

  • Consistently achieves individual goals in alignment with overall business objectives.

Organizational Context:

  • Reports to: Principal Scientist

  • Communicates with other members of multidisciplinary teams



  • PhD with 0-3 years, or exceptional MS with 6+ years of laboratory experience in cardiovascular, pulmonary diseases and stem cell biology, cell and tissue engrineering, developmental biology or related biological life sciences.

  • Extensive experience with human pluripotent stem cell culture (ESC or iPSC) and differentiation.

  • Experience using various in vitro assays for pluripotent stem cell-derived cell characterization.

  • Solid experience in flow cytometry, nucleic acid/protein isolation, qPCR, western blot, , ELISA, immunoflouresence and microscopy.

  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaborate within a team-based environment.

  • Ability to work flexible schedule including weekends.


  • Solid background in endothelial/vascular biology

  • Working knowledge of preclinical animal models for cardiovascular (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Critical Limb Ischemia, Aneurysm) or pulmonary (Acute Lung Injury, Acute respiratory distress syndrome) diseases indications.

  • Experience with gene editing technologies (CRISPER), bioinformatics analysis (SC-RNA Seq).

  • Experience working with stem cell-derived extra-celllular vesicles (isolation & characterization).


  • 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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