Scientist II, Discovery Bioscience (CNS)

South San Francisco, California

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Scientist I/II, Discovery Bioscience (CNS)

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

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website:

The Role

As a key member of Neuroscience Discovery team, the Scientist I/II will have important roles including creation of new programs related to CNS diseases, leading preclinical programs as Research Project Lead from early discovery through clinical development, and supporting other team members through molecular biology works and management of outsourcing activities. Report to Director in Neuroscience Discovery, Discovery Bioscience. The position will be based onsite our laboratory facilities in South San Francisco, CA.


  • Supports the creation of new programs related to CNS disease, including moving a successful program forward as Research Project Lead.
  • Supports ongoing programs through conducting molecular biology experiments, managing outsourced research activities, etc.
  • Prepares and communicates presentations including scientific strategy of programs, data, and data interpretation to audiences at varying levels of knowledge and expertise.
  • Supervise/train research associate(s) and other scientist(s) for specific CNS programs as needed.
  • Flexibility to perform unanticipated duties as assigned or special projects as needed.

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