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Sr. Research Associate Assay Development

Company name
Astellas Us, LLC

Westborough, MA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Nov 19, 2020

Valid Through
Mar 04, 2021


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 Sr. Research Associate, Assay Development

opportunity at their Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM)

site in Westborough, MA.


The Senior Research Associate (Sr. RA) will support assay development and qualification activities by performing cell culture and wet lab experiments, analyzing data, and drafting protocols, SOPs and reports. The Sr. RA will need to be able to plan experiments and execute protocols and have the ability to summarize results independently. Should the need arise, the Sr. RA needs to be able to troubleshoot experimental protocols and in collaboration with his/her supervisor effectively implement changes to the protocol. This individual will collaborate closely within the team and across functional groups to advance pipeline programs.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Continues to develop technical knowledge with ability to troubleshoot and solve technical problems, and continues to learn and perform administrative operations and knowledge of global compendial regulations and guidance.

Contributes to the scientific experiments independently.

Able to plan and execute protocols and have ability to summarize results independently.

Continues to take on more responsibility to provide content for various documents and reports.

Utilizes multiple established techniques in cell culture, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and develop expertise for several assays to generate and analyze data in an accurate and reproducible manner.

Contributes to assay development, optimization and pre-qualification including troubleshooting and performing literature searches.

Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.

Prepares SOPs and batch records.

Maintains accurate record keeping in laboratory notebooks and worksheet in a timely manner with GDP.

Coordinate within and across functional groups to run the study.




BS with 5 , MS with 2 laboratory experience.

Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team

Self-reliant, self-motivated, detail-oriented, highly organized

Willingness and ability to learn new skills

Two or more years' experience with aseptic tissue culture technique

Hands-on knowledge of molecular and cell biology analytical methods

Capable of meticulous GDP record keeping

Excellent communication skills

Ability to analyze own data and write concise reports

Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends


Previous experience with pluripotent cells and primary cells, and working knowledge of flow cytometry


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled




MA, Westborough


Research and Development

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