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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.

Purpose:

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.

Qualifications:

Required

  • 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.

Preferred

  • 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

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