General Information

Job Advert Title: Associate Manager, Principle scientist, Robotics / iPSC team

Location: Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University

Division: Applied Research & Operations

Employment Class: Permanent


【Purpose & Scope】
This position is responsible for acquiring cutting-age science and develop new technology platforms to create new research projects and drive existing projects under supervision.
Improve quality and efficiency of human cell/ tissue production from iPSCs by utilizing robotics/AI, to contribute to improved clinical predictability and cell therapy research.

【Essential Job Responsibilities】
• Develop and promote strategic operation methods/cascades of robotics for iPSC-derived cell/ tissue production by utilizing internal/external capabilities under supervision
• Conduct at least one process, as follows
- Create, optimize and troubleshoot workflows for robotics to enhance quality and/or
increase efficiencies in iPSC derived cell/ tissue production for drug discovery research
- Propose and provide physiologically relevant assay system based on human iPSCs in
order to drive from early to late-stage research activity
- Improve workflows or data analysis using DL/AI
• Analyzing experimental data and presenting results
• Collaborate across internal multiple therapeutic and functional areas under supervision
• Communicate with external collaborators and/or CROs to promote research projects under supervision
• Maintain knowledge of latest scientific trends in robotics/AI or iPSC fields through readings, conferences and seminars
• Corporate technical staffs

【Organizational Context】
Report to Senior vice president, Discovery Intelligence (DI) and Associate director, DI, CiRA
Work with Scientists in CiRA, Kyoto University

【Specific Physical or Environmental Requirements】
Working location: Kyoto, Japan (could be transferred to Tsukuba, Japan)
Language: Japanese and English

• Ph.D. in biological sciences or engineering or equivalent related experiences
• Knowledge and experience of stem cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry
• Good command of written and spoken English
• Self-motivated, excellent team player with good communication skills

• Knowledge and experience with two or more as follows
- Experience or knowledge in the design, optimization of differentiation protocols from iPSC
- Experience or knowledge in AI-based image analysis and Robotics
- 3+ years of cell culture work experience in a stem cell research laboratory with iPSC generation, differentiation

Experience in collaboration with cross-functional teams or external collaborators

【勤務地 / Location

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), 京都大学


【勤務開始日 / Start Date


Will be decided according to the candidate's flexibility

【契約期間 / Contract Duration


Not limited to specified period

【試用期間 / Probation Period


No probation period in principle

【給与 / Salary




①Base salary: will be decided by the candidate's experience, skill and capability.

②When Discretionary Work System is applied: Discretionary work allowance will be paid.(50,000~100,000yen, based on the Grade)

③When Flextime System is applied: Overtime allowance will be paid for time worked in excess of prescribed working hours.

【昇給 / Salary Raise


Once a year

【賞与 / Bonus


Twice a year (July, December)

【諸手当 / Allowance

裁量労働手当、住宅手当、通勤手当 等

Discretionary work allowance, Housing allowance, Commutation allowance, etc.

【勤務時間 / Working Hours

8:30~17:30(月~木)、8:3015:45(金)、専門業務型 裁量労働制



Discretionary Work System

【休日 / Holidays


Weekends(Sat and Sun), holidays, May 1st, summer vacation, New Year holidays

【休暇 / Vacation Leave

年次有給休暇、育児休業制度、介護休業制度 等

Annual paid leave, childcare leave system, nursing care leave system, etc.

【福利厚生 / Welfare

雇用保険、労災保険、厚生年金、健康保険、共済会制度、社宅制度、持株会制度、財形貯蓄制度 等

Employment Insurance, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance, Welfare Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Mutual Aid Association System, Company Housing System, Employee Shareholder Association System, Property Accumulation Savings System

【お問い合わせ / Contact

アステラス製薬株式会社 採用担当 / Japan Recruiting team, Astellas Pharma Inc.


"We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law."