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Astellas Pharma Scientist II/Sr. Scientist, PSC and Liver Research 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/Sr. Scientist, PSC and Liver Research opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA. Purpose: The Scientist develops strategy and technologies to perform experiments and analytical procedures, applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts. Coordinates research efforts and makes key technical contribution affecting the direction of the group and/or project. 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 * Exercises technical discretion in the design, execution and interpretation of experiments that contribute to project goals * Maintain multiple PSC lines and perform differentiation into endoderm and liver cell 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 liver progenitor populations and derivatives thereof * Prepares technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses. Investigates, creates and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement * Formulate and implement processes ensuring preservation of cellular quality attributes * 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 Qualifications: Required * Education: * Scientist II: BS with 10+, MS with 7+, or Ph.D. with 3+ years laboratory experience * Sr. Scientist: BS with 12+, MS with 8+, or Ph.D. with 5+ years laboratory experience * Demonstrated industry experience or academic achievement, as evidenced by publications in high impact journals or drug development portfolio * Experience with human pluripotent stem cell culture (ESC or iPSC) and differentiation * Working knowledge of various in vitro assays for liver cell characterization * Working knowledge of preclinical animal models for liver diseases and liver pathophysiology * Solid working knowledge of molecular and cell biology techniques and signaling pathways governing liver progenitor cell differentiation * Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaborate within a team-based environment Preferred * Ph.D with 5+ years post-degree laboratory experience in liver diseases and liver pathophysiology, stem cell biology, developmental biology or related biological life sciences * Solid background in endoderm differentiation from human PSCs * Expertise on cell lineage characterization using flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, RNA seq. etc. are also desirable #LI-JA1 Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled Category Research and Development