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Microbiologist, Microbiome Sciences

San Diego, California

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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.

Microbiologist, Microbiome Sciences

Job ID R0048474 Date posted Sep. 27, 2021 Location San Diego, California

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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 Microbiologist, Microbiome Sciences located in our San Diego, California 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.

OBJECTIVES/PURPOSE

Takeda is making significant investments in microbiome drug development for gastrointestinal diseases across therapeutic modalities. We are building a dedicated group of microbiome experts as part of GI Drug Discovery Unit (GI DDU) to advance this growing pipeline. In addition, we are developing multi-year collaborations focused on the next generation of microbiome therapeutics. The selected candidate will expand internal microbiology research capabilities to support our growing microbiome portfolio. This is an opportunity to step into a leadership role and build vital capabilities to accelerate preclinical and translational research objectives.

The GI DDU has a growing interdisciplinary group of individuals focused on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, and enteric nervous system/neurodegenerative diseases. We are looking for a dynamic and driven individual join as an expert in microbiology/microbiome-based therapeutics. The Research Scientist will have wide visibility within the organization and among our academic and biotech partners.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Establish internal microbiology research capabilities by planning and equipping a laboratory environment capable of aerobic and anaerobic microbiological research
  • Develop and maintain SOPs for key laboratory workflows and train colleagues as needed
  • Expectation to design, conduct, analyze, and present results from experiments within cross-functional project teams aligned with scientific and operational objectives
  • Perform experiments to isolate, bank, functionally characterize, and manipulate aerobic and anaerobic bacteria from a variety sample types/sources
  • Build relationships and collaborate with internal and external cross-functional scientific leaders and proactively identify new areas for collaboration within the GI DDU and across therapeutic areas
  • Document experimental data in electronic laboratory notebooks and other databases in a timely and accurate manner, and in accordance with the company quality systems and regulatory filing obligations
  • Keep current with emerging trends in microbiology/microbiome fields including genomics and synthetic biology

DIMENSIONS AND ASPECTS

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

Leadership

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

Decision-making and Autonomy

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

Interaction

  • Conducts scientific presentations to internal audiences

Innovation

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

Complexity

TBD/Not applicable

EDUCATION, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

  • PhD degree in a scientific discipline with 2+ years experience, or
  • MS with 8+ years experience, or
  • BS with 10+ years experience
  • Deep knowledge and experience in microbial cultivation (including anaerobic techniques), isolation, and characterization is required
  • Significant experience with current molecular biology, genetic, biochemical, NGS, and synthetic biology techniques
  • Must be able demonstrate successful assay development and validation experience
  • Strong publication track record in top peer-reviewed scientific journals is preferred
  • Experience with implementing and operating laboratory automation, and working with information and/or sample management systems preferred
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Independent, self-starting and supportive of team-based research and experience working effectively in a matrix organization

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

This job posting excludes CO applicants.

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