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Astellas Pharma Research Associate II/Sr. Research Associate Core Technologies, Analytics in Seattle, Washington

Universal Cells is focused on the development and commercialization of stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies. We conduct clinical-grade gene editing of stem cells and have a major effort in R&D. We design and produce stem cells that avoid rejection, and we engineer cells with improved therapeutic properties, all through our world-class gene editing platform.

Our goal is to provide cells for regenerative medicine applications that can treat all patients. Through internal R&D and our corporate partnerships, we are pursuing a diverse range of disease indications, including blindness, cancer, vascular insufficiency, and autoimmune diseases.

Universal Cells (UCI) is announcing a Research Associate II/Sr. Research Associate Core Technologies, Analytics opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA.


The primary purpose of Research Associates working in Analytics (RA II and Senior RA) for our Core Technologies Department is to support the molecular engineering of our gene edited Universal Donor Cells. They will work as a key member on a fast-paced team to develop molecular and cellular assays to characterize our proprietary Universal Donor Cells.

Universal Cells is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas Pharma. Astellas is an R&D-driven global pharmaceutical company whose philosophy is to contribute to the improvement of people's health around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing and routinely executing standard analytical assays including genotyping PCR/qPCR and flow cytometry.
  • Performing standard molecular biology techniques including primer design, molecular cloning, and Sanger sequencing.
  • Compiling and analyzing data in a timely manner.
  • Summarizing and presenting data in both oral and written formats.
  • Maintain accurate records and assist Scientist with recording experimental data
  • Collaborates with members of the R&D teams and with other teams within Universal Cells.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.



  • Education/Experience:

  • Research Associate II: BS degree with 3+ years or MS with 0-2 years of relevant laboratory experience.

  • Senior Research Associate: BS degree with 5+ years or MS with 2+ years of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Extensive PCR experience designing Taqman probes and multiplexed assays.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and apply critical thinking.
  • Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills with scientific attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and ability to effectively collaborate with other teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent work planning, organization and record keeping
  • Strong work ethic with a passion for working in a fast-paced, dynamic and diverse work environment


  • Experience with aseptic technique and mammalian cell culture
  • Experience optimizing and running flow cytometry assays (up to 4 colors)
  • Experience with liquid handlers/lab robotics
  • Experience managing and data mining databases
  • Experience with Southern blots


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Research and Development