Senior Research Associate, Discovery Bioscience

South San Francisco, California

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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!

About Astellas

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach, designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, 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

The Research Associate will support the Discovery Bioscience team and assist in developing and executing screening assays for the evaluation of AAV vector products. The Research Associate will be located in our South San Francisco R&D laboratories.


  • Perform cell culture work, including thawing, maintaining, expanding, cryopreserving immortalized cell lines and primary cells
  • Conduct and troubleshoot experiments, independently and in collaboration with colleagues, to evaluate AAV vector candidates
  • Design and execute cell-based assays (AAV transduction, transfection, flow cytometry, luciferase assays, and immunofluorescence)
  • Perform DNA, RNA, and protein isolation from mammalian cells
  • Analyze gene and protein expression through a variety of techniques (RT-PCR, qPCR, digital PCR, western blot, and ELISA)
  • Collect, process, and evaluate data; accurately document assay results and analyze data, prepare study reports, and communicate results and research progress in lab meetings as needed
  • Participate in sample management activities such as receiving, processing, storage, and shipping pre-clinical samples
  • Collaborate with other teams to efficiently handle material and data transfer between groups

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