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Engineer II

Job ID R0037468 Date posted Jun. 15, 2021 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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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 a Engineer II 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. 


We are seeking a passionate Engineer II to join the Viral Vector Laboratory of Takeda biologics process development. The successful candidate will play an integral role in optimization and process development of small/medium scale viral production and support pre-clinical research as part of a larger multidisciplinary team effort. We are looking for highly motivated and intellectually curious individuals who thrive in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment.


  • Assist in planning and carrying out of experiments, analyzing and presenting data.

  • Keep accurate and complete documentation of experimental studies in the ELN and contribute to technical reports and protocols.

  • Work with BSL 2 materials, follow safe lab procedures and maintain good laboratory practices (GLPs).

  • Assists with technical transfer of experimental data/procedures to manufacturing site.

  • Coordinates with colleagues within the team or from other functions on project work.

  • Stay updated on new, relevant technologies and published literature to support innovation within the group.

  • Support new technology evaluations to increase product yield and process understanding.

  • Communicate effectively with teams; via email, meetings, presentations, and posters..

  • Display sound technical judgement.

  • Occasionally, perform weekend and holiday work to support on-going lab activities.


Education and Experience:


  • Associates degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 2+ years relevant industry experience

  • Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 0-3 years relevant industry experience.


  • Experience with cell culture and aseptic techniques is required.

  • Experience with transfection, viral production, stir tank bioreactor operation and metabolite analyzer is preferred.

  • Appropriate laboratory training

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience with adherent and/or suspension cell culture techniques with strong understanding of aseptic operations is required. Transfection, viral production, and purification experience is desired.

  • Experience utilizing stirred-tank bioreactors in the production of viral vectors and/or antibodies is desired. Disposable and single use stirred-tank bioreactor experience is a plus.

  • Practical knowledge in a range of in process analytical techniques, such as but not limited to, metabolite analyzer, gas/pH analyzer, microscope, flow cytometer and ddPCR.

  • Ability to work under supervision and function within a collaborative/team-oriented environment.

  • Detail-oriented and strong ownership with the work assigned.

  • Good documentation and communication skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple projects to completion

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software.

  • Weekend and holiday work may be required to maintain cell culture vessels or set up assays.


  • Lifting of some small equipment (< 30 lb)


    • May require approximately up to 5% travel


    • 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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