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Vector Production Lead, Global Gene Therapy Research

Job ID R0044215 Date posted Aug. 19, 2021 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that enables transformative technologies to address patients’ needs while inspiring you and support your career? Takeda is a world-class organization where we combine our expertise in disease biology, modality technologies and drug development experience to develop gene therapies in a holistic approach. We are seeking a highly motivated leader with substantial experience in vector production and gene therapy drug development experience to join Takeda to advance our gene therapy research effort. Be empowered and join us as a Vector Production Lead in the Global Gene Therapy Research Team.


As one of the Vector Production Lead in the Global Gene Therapy (GGT) Research Team, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the production and purification of viral vectors that contributes to discovery research gene therapy (GT) projects in the research pipeline as well as to conduct research that leads to continuous improvement of production process and product quality.


  • Coordinate with Head of vector production in GGT team to prioritize vector production schedule. Partner with GGT modality co-leads to understand best ways to prioritize production schedule and partner with analytical and bioassays lead to efficiently coordinate scheduling and workflow.
  • Partnering with project teams in decision making to agree on desired deliverables and timelines.
  • Documentation of experimental details in the form of electronic lab notebook (eLN) and study reports.
  • Present experimental designs, protocols, results and interpretations in group meetings, project team meetings and/or departmental meetings in PowerPoint format.
  • Maintaining familiarity with current scientific literature and techniques in the field of virus production.
  • Follow compliance of documentation in electronic lab notebook and author scientific reports that supports internal documentation and regulatory submissions.
  • Demonstrate good organizational and communication skills. Expected to be accountable for effectiveness and timelines of completion of project goals.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects under a demanding timeline.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Demonstrates broad technical program knowledge
  • Acts as the recognized scientific resource on an aspect of a program
  • Demonstrates effective project engagement skills


  • Identifies, plans and executes novel scientific projects and may manage the work of others in a direct or matrixed structure

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Independently manages workload and expectations
  • Scientifically independent
  • May influence decision making within the department


  • Conducts scientific presentations to internal audiences


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


  • PhD degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline with 2+ years experience preferred.
  • Expertise in culturing suspension cells in shake flasks and small scale bioreactors for gene therapies or protein production.
  • Experience with scale up / scale down of stirred tank bioreactors.
  • Familiarity with purification techniques such as affinity, ion-exchange and/or SEC-based column chromatography, ultracentrifugation, TFF.
  • Experience in process development and tech transfer for upstream and/or downstream AAV production preferred.
  • Ability to adapt to new and fast paced environment and navigate uncertainties
  • Expected to work independently as well as in a team setting,  identify challenges and seek input from colleagues and supervisor for solutions to diverse problems, and demonstrate motivation in pursuing scientific answers through thorough experimental planning
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and written skills for presentations, report writing and day-to-day project team communications

This job posting excludes CO applicants.

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