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Cellular Biologist

Employer
Takeda Pharmaceutical
Location
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 20, 2021

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Project Management
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as Scientist: In-process Analytics for Cell and Gene Therapy in our Cambridge, MA 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.

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

Supports viral vector process development by providing analytical testing support on various platforms and represents function on department program teams. Conducts and coordinates transfer of new in-process assays as well as feasibility studies of new molecules on existing platforms. Identifies and evaluates new platforms and rapid analytical technologies for in-process testing in collaboration with Analytical Development. Leverages technical skill(s) as a resource/expert within the department. Trains and mentors junior analysts, manages direct reports or contractors to ensure work delegation and completion of tasks on time and appropriate quality.

POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Supports viral vector process development by providing analytical testing on complex cell based, ELISA and LC assays as needed
  • Monitors assay performance and conducts audit to ensure GLP compliance
  • Influences and supports initiatives related to new technology evaluation and implementation in IPA
  • Transfers assays and conducts feasibility studies on existing platforms for new molecules as needed
  • Represents team on department project teams to ensure sample testing coordination, right assay selection and analyses of data to support study conclusions. Reviews, interprets and communicates data at project teams.
  • Evaluates new platforms and technologies for rapid analytics
  • Provide training and mentoring for junior analysts
  • Manages direct reports or contractors to ensure work delegation and completion of tasks on time and with appropriate quality.
  • Recognized as a technical expert and resource within function
  • Returning data within agreed turn around times
  • Present analytical technologies and data at department meetings
  • Oral and poster presentations at conferences and scientific meetings
  • Identify and implement improvements to operational processes within function


EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

Education and Experience:

Required:
  • Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, or related pharmaceutical science and 11+ years relevant industry experience
  • Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 9+ years relevant industry experience
  • Sound knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Previous experience with the use of HPLC
  • Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Experience managing and leading a team.


LINE FUNCTION SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS

ADL: Strong knowledge of analytical techniques with advanced experience in multiple techniques such as ELISA, qPCR, cell based assays; Able to work in lab setting; Experience representing AD in a cross functional CMC environment; Multiple experiences with methods development, validation and transfer; Ability to design and direct analytical strategy to meet CMC project objectives.

Biologics - AD Biochemical: Significant experience with a broad variety of biochemical analytical techniques, including but not necessarily limited to ELISA, pCR, liquid chromatography, gel or capillary electrophoresis, and/or spectroscopic-based methods. Significant knowledge in specialized subdisciplines such as cell therapy, cell-based assays is preferred. Able to lead cross-program development activities for multiple methods. Able to conduct troubleshooting for complex technical issues and to lead major characterization studies. Strong understanding of protein structure/function and of technical and regulatory expectations regarding analytical development and product characterization. Subject matter expertise for complex methods. General lab competencies such as equipment maintenance and compliance activities.

Biologics - AD Bioassay: Significant experience with a broad variety of biological assays, including but not necessarily limited to biological assays, including cell-based assays, ELISAs, flow cytometry, SPR, and/or other assays used to evaluate biological properties and process impurities. Able to lead cross-program development activities for multiple technologies. Able to conduct troubleshooting for complex technical issues and to lead major characterization studies. Strong understanding of cell biology/immunology and of technical and regulatory expectations regarding analytical development and product characterization. Subject matter expertise for more complex methods. General lab competencies such as equipment maintenance and compliance activities.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems using appropriate information and, determine causes and possible solutions
  • Teamwork -- Ability to work well on global cross-functional teams.
  • Communication Skills -Able to expresses one's self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; adjusts communication style as appropriate for the audience; timely and effectively communicates with senior management; technical writing skills to support authorship and approval of internal technical documents
  • Organization - Exercises good time management and prioritization skills to balance multiple project and departmental objectives
  • Technical - Subject matter expertise in a specific scientific area or areas. Demonstrated ability to successfully contribute across multiple scientific endeavors
  • Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture knowledge within the organization; improves solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improves information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
  • Resource Management -Project management skills; ability to manage one's time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal external resources (vendors)
  • External Involvement - Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events. Interacts with external vendors for projects
  • Leadership Skills - Develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to appropriately influence and guide others towards the accomplishment of department/function goals and objectives.


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
  • May require approximately 10% travel.


Effective November 1, 2021, absent an approved religious or medical reason, all US office-based and lab-based Takeda employees who work fully on-site or in a hybrid model (as determined by Takeda) must be fully vaccinated to work at a Takeda site or to engage with Takeda colleagues or anyone else on behalf of Takeda. As of the same date, absent an approved religious or medical reason, US field-based employees, employees must be fully vaccinated in order to continue in their current roles. US employees who work at a Takeda manufacturing facility, and those who work at a BioLife center or BioLife lab, may be subject to different guidelines. Candidates are encouraged to speak with their recruiter to seek further information on the applicable guidelines for the Business Unit/Function for which they have applied.

WHAT TAKEDA CAN OFFER YOU
  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs


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Locations

Boston, MA

Worker Type

Employee

Worker Sub-Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time
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