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Scientist, Vaccine Operations

Job ID R0043765 Date posted Aug. 25, 2021 Location Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Scientist, Vaccine Operations

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine?  Join us as a Scientist, Vaccine Operations 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.


  • Perform various routine assays requiring aseptic techniques, including navigating LIMS, analysis and recording of results in ELN, data review, updating control charts, and training of other team members.
  • Participate and support management of routine assays, including control charts, SOP compliance, data management and assay optimization. 
  • Participate in the authoring and review of SOPs and various reports (i.e. technical transfer, development, technical memos, etc).
  • Coordinate information exchange between both in-house and 3rd party vendors for testing.


  • Perform all aspects of testing including various routine assays, sample cataloguing and submission in LIMS; analysis and recording of results in ELN; and data review and control charting, as well as training others.
  • Manage and conduct lab maintenance, including lab reagents, lab supplies, cleaning of incubators and BSC, and routine freezer defrosting as needed.  
  • Ensure timely turnaround of all results to requesting labs and ensure integrity of data reported.
  • Perform statistical analyses of in-assay controls to ensure assay performance.
  • Draft SOPs, assay and instrument equivalence evaluation reports, method development reports, and transfer protocols, as needed.
  • Responsible for development, qualification, documentation, and transfer of assays.
  • Coordinate efforts between different internal and external teams such as Process Development, Drug Product Development, and Analytical Development.
  • Write and maintain accurate, complete, and timely data in electronic laboratory notebooks and LIMS.


  • BS with a minimum of 6 years industry experience, or an MS with a minimum of 4 years industry experience, or a PhD in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 2 years industry experience
  • Knowledge and skills in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, life sciences, or medical technology. Experience in cell culture and virological methods preferred.
  • Experience with plaque assays, ELISA-based assays, analytical chemistry assays and molecular assays highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Six Sigma tools, statistical models and familiarity with JMP is highly desirable.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills. Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems, determine causes and determine and implement solutions.
  • Leadership and mentoring skills desired, comfortable teaching and training personnel.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint), including OneNote, SharePoint, and comfortable learning/adopting software is desirable.
  • Excellent time and project management skills, ability to oversee several projects simultaneously, able to work under pressure and strict timelines, hardworking and self-motivated.
  • Current knowledge in vaccine literature and basic science related to vaccine development desired but not required.


  • Lifting and moving supplies and equipment (up to 50 pounds).  


  • Effective November 1, 2021, absent an approved religious or medical reason, all US office-based and lab-based Takeda employees who work fully on-site or in a hybrid model (as determined by Takeda) must be fully vaccinated to work at a Takeda site or to engage with Takeda colleagues or anyone else on behalf of Takeda. As of the same date, absent an approved religious or medical reason, US field-based employees, employees must be fully vaccinated in order to continue in their current roles.  US employees who work at a Takeda manufacturing facility, and those who work at a BioLife center or BioLife lab, may be subject to different guidelines. Candidates are encouraged to speak with their recruiter to seek further information on the applicable guidelines for the Business Unit/Function for which they have applied.


  • No travel requirements expected.


  • 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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