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Research Associate, Analytical Development


Marlborough, KS
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
Job Code:
Required Education:
Masters Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:
Clinical Operations,

Job Description


•   The Astellas Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AIRM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma and is 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 Research Associate, Analytical Development, located in Marlborough, MA.

Purpose & Scope:

•   Participates in research and development activities providing assistance with cell culture and a variety of assays.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

•   Utilizes established techniques in cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology to generate and analyze data.
•   Conducts experiments after discussion of the design and strategy with the supervisor.
•   Performs literature searches and analysis as needed for assay development.
•   Carries out maintenance, passaging, freezing and characterization of cell lines.
•   Writes technical reports detailing procedures, outcomes, and observations.
•   Follows SOPs and batch records.
•   Maintains accurate record keeping in laboratory notebooks and appropriate databases in a timely manner.
•   Maintains inventory of reagents and disposables and orders supplies as needed.
•   Maintains mammalian cell lines using SOPs.
•   May be involved in assay development and optimization.
•   May be occasionally required to work in the Clean Room under cGMP.

Quantitative Dimensions:

•   The position has direct impact on the efficiency of the Translational Development/Technology teams
Organizational Context:

•   Reports to Assay Development Specialist, Department of Technical Operations





•   M.S./B.S. in cell or molecular biology or relevant discipline
•   3-5 years of academic or industry experience
•   Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
•   Self-reliant, self-motivated, highly organized
•   Willingness and ability to learn new skills
•   Two or more years' experience with tissue culture
•   Hands-on knowledge of molecular and cell biology analytical methods
•   Excellent communication skills
•   Capable of meticulous GDP record keeping
•   Ability to analyze own data and write concise reports
•   Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends


•   Experience with pluripotent cells, working knowledge of immunostaining, experience working under GLP/GMP, knowledge of automated methods for cell analysis, assay qualification/validation experience for cell therapy products


•   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.

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