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Scientist/Sr. Scientist, Bioinformatics

Cambridge, Massachusetts


  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job Level: Senior
  • Travel: Minimal, if any

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Our team at Takeda is tackling some of the most challenging problems in drug discovery and development. As the newest member of our Research team, you’ll conduct purposeful, meaningful work on groundbreaking modalities that may lead to breakthrough drugs.

With our deep investment in next-generation technologies, you’ll have the resources and support to do your best work. As a part of our team, you’ll connect with brilliant minds inside and outside of Takeda. We are committed to collaborating with academia and emerging biotech companies to expand our reach and impact in cell therapy, gene therapy and data sciences.

Our team’s wide-ranging expertise includes medicinal chemistry, genomics datasets, immunofluorescence, high content imaging, flow cytometry, transcriptional profiling, multi-step synthesis, multimodal genetics, pharmacokinetics and much more. Whatever area inspires you, your work will support the progression of an innovative, industry-leading discovery pipeline and make an impact that matters to patients and society.

A career in Research at Takeda will give you everything you need to succeed professionally – and make a difference to patients, people and the planet.

Scientist/Sr. Scientist, Bioinformatics

Job ID R0053566 Date posted Nov. 30, 2021 Location Cambridge, 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?

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.


  • Integrate and analyze pre-clinical and clinical, internal and public domain datasets, to generate and evaluate actionable hypotheses for drug combination, new disease indications, and mechanism of action purposes.

  • Apply state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning methods for clinical biomarker identification and validation, on various types of data including molecular profiling data, imaging, unstructured text data, EHR data, RWE, and more.

  • Support translational and clinical bioinformatics needs for key oncology cell therapy clinical projects, including high-throughput data QC, processing, analysis and integration.

  • Drive collaborations with internal groups, external partners, including CROs and academia for data analysis and machine learning.


  • Independently represent bioinformatics function on global project teams in support of oncology cell therapy clinical science and translational research projects.

  • Play a leadership role in the development and review of the study synopsis, protocol, biomarker analysis plan, clinical study report, ensuring accurate and valid deliverables.

  • Perform end-to-end data analyses, from hypotheses formulation, experimental design, writing analysis plans, data cleaning, executing analysis, and preparing reports and documentation.

  • Interact closely with biologists and clinicians to conduct analyses, data integration and data interpretation.

  • Identify, build, evaluate and use bioinformatic pipelines to process and QC omics data types including genomics, transcriptomics, single cell sequencing, spatial genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, immunophenotyping and other omics technologies.

  • Interpret preclinical and clinical datasets using appropriate computational and statistical methods.

  • Create visualizations, interpret high dimensional data and explain results to cross-functional teams.

  • Plan and coordinate computational biology activities internally and in partnership with external CROs and academic partners, including complex projects requiring collaboration with multiple members of the team and organizations.

  • Prepare and present comprehensive scientific reports to a full range of internal and external audiences.

  • Work collaboratively with data scientists and data engineering groups at DSI to enhance our computational infrastructure, user interface, query and visualization capabilities.

  • Writes study reports and presents data effectively in all settings and with participants of all levels of the organization.

  • Receives high level instructions on all work, determines methods for new assignments, works closely with manager, mentor junior staff

  • Determines methods for new assignments; perform literature search as needed to propose innovative solutions

  • Independently manages own workload

  • Conducts scientific presentations to internal audiences


  • PhD degree in a scientific discipline, (with 5+ years experience for Sr. Scientist), or

  • MS with 5+ (10+ for Sr. Scientist) years experience, or

  • BS with 7+ (12+ for Sr. Scientist) years experience

  • Passion about science and technologies

  • Strong background with high dimensional data analysis derived from Next Generation Sequencing, including some of the following: RNASeq, DNASeq, epigenomics, single cell sequencing, and immune profiling data.

  • Strong scientific understanding of molecular biology and genomics, as well as disease biology such as cancer and immunology.

  • Knowledge of and experience with machine learning, deep learning, statistical inference and bioinformatic techniques.

  • Hands-on experience developing and implementing bioinformatic pipelines for data analysis of RNASeq, DNASeq, single cell datasets, and immunophenotyping data.

  • Solid knowledge of Unix/Linux, command line interfaces, and fluency in some common scripting and/or programming language (e.g., R, Python, Perl, Java, C / C++).

  • Familiarity with parallel computing, relational databases (e.g., SQL) and cloud computing or distributed computing (i.e. AWS, HPC).

  • Theoretical knowledge of bioinformatics, computational biology; keeps current with emerging trends in bioinformatics and computational biology.

  • Familiarity with popular public domain data sources and API.

  • Experience in designing and conducting computational biology activities to meet program objectives; able to provide input on timelines and resource needs as indicated.

  • Able to evaluate/develop computational methods based on project needs.

  • Excellent problem solving, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Independent, self-starting and supportive of team-based research and able to work effectively in a matrix organization.

  • Ability to work in a team and influence team to make data driven decisions

  • Ability to search literature and come up with innovative solution to difficult problems

  • Background in cell/gene therapy, oncology or immunology is a plus

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  • 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

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