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Research Associate II - Cell Biologist

Takeda Pharmaceutical
Encinitas, California, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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Job Description

About the role:

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as a Research Associate II - Cell Biologist where you will perform routine lab assignments and protocols; contribute to design of and implementation of improvements for routine procedures.

How you will contribute:

You will culture and differentiate iPSCs to terminal cell types in 2-D or 3-D culture formats

You will evaluate and troubleshoot differentiation protocols for cell manufacturing: cell culture and cell engineering process development and optimization, scaling, QC, SOP writing and tech transfer

Perform phenotypic characterization analysis: flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, ELISA, cell-based assays, and gene expression

Produce cells required for pre-clinical studies.

Under minimal supervision, you will also perform multiple assigned research experiments with efficiency, accuracy and attention to detail (e.g. selects methods, troubleshoots routine and some non-routine procedures)

Exercise technical judgement in execution of specialized procedures and interpretation of complex results

Initiate routine and non-routine problem investigation and recommend solutions

Culture and differentiation of human iPSCs and iPSC-derived cells (2D/3D)

Experimental design for flow cytometry, qPCR, immunofluorescence, or functional assays

Develop robust methods to support GMP-compatible cell engineering workstreams

Follow, troubleshoot, and produce SOPs

Production of cells for preclinical studies

Analysis of experimental data using standard software packages

Detailed record keeping and ability to effectively communicate experimental results to team members

Develop knowledge of cell engineering methods

Record keeping of data and inventories of samples and cell banks

Collaborate with other members of the DDU for assay development and validation

Engage with vendors and external service providers

Attendance at scientific conferences

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

BS in a scientific discipline (or equivalent) with 2+ years experience, or MS in a scientific discipline

Demonstrate technical knowledge of a scientific discipline

Understand specific scientific mechanisms of why a procedure works

Experience culturing and differentiating human cell types in 2-D or 3-D formats, including adherent and bioreactor culture processes

Hands-on experience with FACS/flow cytometry methods is desirable

Experience with RNA isolation, qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence, ELISA, and common in vitro cellular analysis methods

Experience with methods for gene editing, plasmid design, and molecular cloning is desirable

Experience in immunology and immune cell culture is desirable

Use common software packages to analyze data sets (GraphPad Prism, Excel, FlowJo)

Experience in GMP process is a plus

Experience drafting SOPs and batch records is a plus

What Takeda can offer you:

Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision

Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

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 and company match of charitable contributions

Family Planning Support

Flexible Work Paths

Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best in class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.

EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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