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Astellas Pharma Sr. Research Associate, Gene Editing 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 Sr. Research Associate, Gene Editing opportunity at their facility in Seattle, WA.


The primary purpose of the Senior Research Associate position is to work with pluripotent stem cells to perform gene editing, differentiation, and functional characterization. This position will work primarily in a laboratory setting in collaboration with other Scientists and Research Associates.

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:

  • Culture and maintain human pluripotent stem cells.
  • Generate gene-edited pluripotent stem cell lines.
  • Differentiate gene-edited pluripotent stem cells lines for functional characterization.
  • Perform molecular biology techniques, including PCR and cloning.
  • Perform multi-color flow cytometry assays.
  • Closely collaborate with other members of the Research group.
  • Perform experiments independently with careful attention to detail, accurately record procedures/data/results in a timely manner.
  • Interpret data, draw appropriate conclusions from experimental work, and present findings in team meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.



  • BS degree with 5+ years of relevant laboratory experience, or MS degree with 2+ years of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Strong experience with standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, cloning).
  • Proficiency with mammalian cell culture.
  • Diligence and meticulous attention to detail in experimentation and record keeping.
  • Willingness to learn and enthusiasm to be part of the development of a cutting-edge therapy platform.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to effectively collaborate with other teams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Experience with pluripotent stem cells.
  • Experience with gene editing of mammalian cells.
  • Experience performing multiparameter flow cytometry and associated data analysis (FlowJo).
  • Experience with pluripotent stem cell differentiation.
  • Background in immunology.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Category Research and Development