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Scientist, Process & Analytical Development - Cell Therapy

Boston, Massachusetts

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Scientist, Process & Analytical Development - Cell Therapy

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Job ID R0022496 Date posted 08/27/2020 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 Scientist, Process & Analytical Development - Cell 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.

As a Scientist, Process & Analytical Development - Cell Therapy working on the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cell Therapy team, you will be empowered to build a world class cell therapy team.

POSITION OBJECTIVES:

This scientist position will play an important role in developing the clinical manufacturing processes and/or analytical methods for developing cellular therapy products. Independently plans and executes process and assay development, characterization and qualification studies. Prepares study protocols, reports, technology transfer documentation, and regulatory documents for clinical trials. Presents study results at team or department meetings, to external partners or at conferences.

POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES:

• Understands project timelines and deliverables and plans/coordinates project work accordingly with departmental, functional and external stakeholders

• Provides technical leadership to project teams within area of expertise and commits resources to execute specific project tasks.

• Contributes significantly and independently to project work which may include multiple projects within functional area.

• Reviews, interprets and communicates data cross-functionally within CMC and/or project teams.

• Plans and implements resolutions to technical problems/issues

• Supports local and global initiatives which may include leading initiatives or work streams

• Serves as a technical resource for junior staff and leverages expertise in laboratory technology as a functional resource/trainer.

• Independently designs and executes experiments, and reports results

• Assists with development of project strategy and communicates complex data/decisions within department and cross functionally as necessary

• Builds and maintains relationships with key vendors and assists with technical aspects of vendor negotiations

• Proactively analyses manufacturing issues and coordinates potential resolution with the CMC team.

• Responsible for integrating scientific/technical efforts around cross-functional issues.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

Education and Experience:

Required:

• PhD in immunology, virology, cancer biology or stem cell biology or related pharmaceutical science; 0+ years relevant industry experience

• Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment

• Demonstrated mastery of subject or area related to field

LINE FUNCTION SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS:

• Experience in developing cell therapy products (CAR-T, CAR-NK or iPSC derived cells) , or experience in developing and executing cellular characterization assays, including flow cytometry-based, and multiplexed luminescent readouts

• In-depth experience in principles and practices of cell biology methodologies, cellular immunology or stem cell biology (e.g., induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)), including cell culture, viral transduction (retroviral or lentiviral), development and execution of functional in vitro and preclinical methods relevant for various types of immune cells or stem cells.

• Understanding and experience of using the tools of Design of Experiment (DOE) and Quality by Design (QBD) in process & assay design, development, qualification and validation.

• Understanding of viral transduction principles and processes is strongly preferred

• Previous exposure to cell therapy or biological products, or participation in technical transfer of clinical processes to a CMO, or tech transfer of product release & characterization or clinical assays to a CRO, or other third party is a plus

Knowledge and Skills:

• Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, and determine causes and possible solutions

• Teamwork -- Ability to work well in highly cross functional team environment and across global line functions.

• 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 issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support authorship of internal technical documents

• Organization – Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously

• Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use

• Resource Management -Ability to manage one’s time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal and external resources (vendors)

• External Involvement – Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events

• Technical - Subject matter expertise and knowledge of applicable lab equipment and operations.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

• May require approximately 5-10% travel

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

Job ID R0022496

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