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Astellas Pharma Research Associate II, Pre-Clinical Development in Westborough, Massachusetts

Research Associate II, Pre-Clinical Development

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 www.astellas.com .

Astellas Institute for 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 Research Associate II, Pre-Clinical Development opportunity at their Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) site in Westborough, MA.


The Research Associate will support assay development and data collection by performing cell culture and wet lab experiments, analyzing data, drafting procedures, SOPs, and reports. This individual will be expected to execute procedures with some guidance and summarize results independently. They will collaborate closely within the team and across functional groups to advance pipeline programs.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes established techniques in cell culture, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology to generate and analyze data in an accurate and reproducible manner

  • Conducts experiments after discussion of the design and strategy with the supervisor

  • Contributes to assay development and optimization, including developing documentation

  • Performs literature searches and analysis as needed

  • Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations as needed

  • Follows SOPs and batch records

  • Maintains meticulous and accurate record keeping in laboratory notebooks and appropriate databases in a timely manner

  • Maintains inventory of reagents and disposables and orders supplies as needed

  • Perform short and long term cell culture experiments

Quantitative Dimensions:

The position has direct impact on the efficiency of the Preclinical Development/CMC Technical Operations Department. This individual will interface and collaborate with other groups in Technical Operations and QA to assist in collection and verification of data.

Organizational Context:

The Research Associate II Reports to the Director of Preclinical Development within CMC Technical Operations.



  • BS degree with 3+ years or MS with 0-2 years of laboratory experience in the biotechnology field

  • Proficient in aseptic technique, mammalian cell culture, and molecular biology techniques

  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners across multiple disciplines

  • Ability to maintain meticulous and accurate records and effectively manage multiple projects

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

  • Ability to analyze own data and write concise conclusions/reports

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

  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed


  • Working knowledge of flow cytometry, qPCR, and ELISAs

  • Previous experience with pluripotent cells

  • Experience with Good Documentation Practices, SOPs, and batch records

  • Familiarity with electronic notebook documentation

  • Experience with assay qualification/validation and/or cell therapy products


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

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

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program


Category CMC Technical Operations

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