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Astellas Pharma Sr. Scientist Cell Product Assay Development in Westborough, Massachusetts

Sr Scientist/Principal Scientist- Cell Product Assay Development

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 Westborough, Massachusetts.

We are seeking a highly motivated Sr Scientist/Principal Scientist

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Take leadership to plan and perform experiments for assay development of cell therapy products

  • Lead and manage research associate to meet business objectives and timeline

  • Stay up-to-date with relevant scientific literature and conceive ideas/solutions to meet internal business objectives

  • Ensure acquisition of high-quality data by optimizing experimental and analytical procedures for cell culture and characterizations

  • Make detailed and accurate observations and analyses. Maintain accurate records in a well-organized manner.

  • Establish great communication and collaboration with internal and external stake holders


  • PhD with 5+ years or MS with 8+ years or BS with 12+ years of post-PhD laboratory experience in academia or industry

  • Proficiency in cell culture and cell characterization techniques such as flow cytometry, ICC, ELISA, qPCR etc.

  • Background/training in ocular, neuroscience, and/or stem cell field

  • Demonstrated experience in independent project planning and execution

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting

  • Highly motivated, well organized, detail-oriented, and an adept learner with the ability to identify and troubleshoot complex problems and suggest process improvements

  • Excellent oral and written communication, as well as interpersonal skills


  • Experience in retinal field

  • Experience in assay development for drug, biologics, or cell product

  • Experience in bioinformatics analysis of transcriptomic data


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time.

Category Research and Development

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