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Astellas Pharma Scientist II, Translational Development in Westborough, Massachusetts

The Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma 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.

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture. There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

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 Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Astellas is announcing a Scientist II, Translational Development opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


We are seeking a highly motivated scientist to join our team and contribute to and advance the development of cell therapy products. This individual will develop and optimize methods required for production, purification and identification of cell products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of cell biology principles and technical proficiency in research methods.

  • Develops strategy and technologies to perform experiments and analytical procedures, applying a wide variety of scientific principals and concepts.

  • Evaluates and defines appropriate approaches.

  • Contributes to developing and optimizing procedures required for new product scale-up.

  • Analyzes data, draws conclusions, writes technical reports and makes suggestions based on results of experiments.

  • Coordinates research efforts and makes key technical contributions.

  • May lead the design of multiple scientific research studies, including innovative techniques and methodologies.

  • Maintains accurate records such as notebooks, batch records and electronic entries.



  • BS with 10+, MS with 7+ or PhD with 3+ years of laboratory experience.

  • Scientific curiosity

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cell biology principles.

  • Impeccable aseptic techniques

  • Solid working knowledge of cell culture with adherent mammalian cell lines

  • Expert knowledge of routine molecular assays such as RNA isolation, PCR, immunostaining, flow cytometry, microscopy

  • Proven ability to efficiently learn new skills


  • Ability to maintain accurate records and effectively manage multiple projects

  • Experience with RNAseq data interpretation (bulk and/or single cell)

  • Substantial experience with primary cells

  • Experience with stem cells including pluripotent cells

  • Attention to detail


Category Research and Development

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