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Astellas Pharma Senior Research Associate, Cell Based Therapies in Westborough, Massachusetts

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 Sr Research Associate, Cell Based Therapies opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Senior Research Associate to join R&D to develop and implement in vivo pre-clinical disease models and complementary in vitro cell-based assays. This individual will play critical role to advance pipeline programs. This hands-on role represents an excellent growth and learning opportunity, working closely with an experienced team in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Utilize broad scientific expertise to initiate, maintain, and establish preclinical assays and models.

  • Perform in vivo pre-clinical studies in accordance with IACUC guidelines.

  • Schedule and execute studies with guidance from a manager.

  • Responsibility includes mouse health monitoring, test agent administrations (IV, IP or SC), blood collections, euthanasia, necropsies and tissue harvest.

  • Assist in tissue post-processing and bioanalytical assays.

  • Perform routine cell culture and cell-based assays.

  • Assist in laboratory ordering and monitoring of experimental supplies.

  • Maintain accurate and organized data entry and analysis in timely manner.

  • Communicate results with team via oral presentations and technical reports.

  • Assist in formulating data capture forms and technical SOPs.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Ability to perform experiments efficiently, effectively and independently.

  • Demonstrate clear conceptual understanding of project goals, scheduling experimental design, data analysis and troubleshooting.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Organizational Context:

  • Report to Sr. Scientist, Research Department

  • Communicate with other members of multidisciplinary teams



  • BA/BS or MA in animal science, biology or equivalent with 5+ or 2+ years relevant laboratory and preclinical model-based experience respectively.

  • Prior experience in preclinical rodent models (e.g., Mouse handling, injections, tissue collections).

  • Basic pipetting/laboratory techniques (molecular biology or cell biology) skills.

  • Self-motivated, great organizational and documentation skills and able to multitask.

  • A genuine passion for science and developing medicines with strong attention to detail.

  • Collaborative, curious, and flexible with strong communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Experiences in Microsoft Office, GraphPad Prism for data analysis and presentation.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Adept learner with willingness to learn new skillsets.

  • Must have lawful immigration status to work legally for US firms.


  • Prior animal handling experience and keen attention to animal care.

  • AALAS Certifications.

  • Mammalian cell culture, histology, microscopy, and/or flow cytometry experience.

  • Organized and attention to detail for study record documentation according to company SOPs.


Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, national holidays, two Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans.


Category IRM-CSO, AIRM

Astellas is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

EOE including Disability/Protected Veterans