Associate Director, Cold-to-Hot IO Biology Research

Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Job Description
Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as an Associate Director, Cold to Hot IO Biology Research in our Cambridge office.

At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

Associate Director, Cold to Hot IO Biology Research


This role requires a strong scientific background in the field of immuno-oncology (I/O) and in early phase drug discovery as a project team leader (PTL) capable of leading and providing oversight to PTL's or key project team contributors.

The candidate enjoys working collaboratively and provides scientific leadership to internal teams and joint research efforts being pursued with our strategic partners including Turnstone Biologics, KSQ, Egle, Teva and more.

Represent project teams and/or cold-to-hot portfolio to internal leadership and external partners. Lead productive discussions on key scientific and strategic issues with internal and external colleagues at all levels and across disciplines.

Uses enterprise mindset with a broad view across the portfolio that informs resourcing and prioritization of programs under direct remit

Serve as a scientific connector who prioritizes rigorous science and development of organizational culture and capabilities

Contributes to continual deepening of domain expertise through external network development; evaluates new opportunities in partnership with business development

Develops the next-generation of organizational and project leaders, acts as a champion for new opportunities

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

Outstanding expertise and depth of knowledge advancing IO therapeutics from discovery through preclinical proof of concept in support of clinical testing.

Keeps up with the up-to-date scientific advancement (e.g. competitive landscape, new technology, new research portfolio, and new partnership)


Scientific leadership role, setting high standards for effectiveness of execution, and rigor of thought

Has significant managerial responsibility within the cold-to-hot team

Decision-making and Autonomy

Independently manages workload and expectations

Scientifically independent

Scientific driver for research strategy that impacts group internally and outside area of function


Initiates and leads external interactions and collaborations

Frequent contact with internal and external personnel at various management levels

Celebrates a culture of transparency and accountability with team members at all levels.


Determines methods on new assignments; makes strategic recommendations on projects


PhD degree in a scientific discipline with 10+ years experience, with a minimum of 10 years of drug discovery, including demonstrated leadership of biology and project teams in the biotechnology industry.

A track record of driving projects to IND is strongly preferred

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