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Senior Research Associate II - Immunology In-Vivo Pharmacology


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Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Senior Research Associate II - Immunology In-Vivo Pharmacology in our San Diego office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.  As a Senior Research Associate II working on the Immunology Research team, you will be empowered to design and execute In-Vivo Immunology Pharmacology protocols to support discovery projects. 


  • Designs and executes in vivo Immunology pharmacology protocols to support TCAL discovery projects with ability to work in different models of autoimmune/inflammation.
  • Delivers quantitative analyses of tissue and serum specimens from pre-clinical efficacy, PK/PD, clinical and safety assessment studies to support lead candidates and IND submissions
  • Contributes to in vivo mechanism of action studies for clinical candidates


  • Demonstrates significant knowledge of basic Immunology in vivo pharmacology principles and techniques and undertakes studies with little guidance from supervisor.
  • Independently executes in vivo study protocols 
  • Contributes to the development of new Immunology models, methods and technologies for project advancement
  • Performs and monitors all categories of in vivo studies.
  • Doses animals by PO/IP/IV routes
  • Performs solubilization and evaluation of test materials
  • Injects various immunological agents to establish known and/or novel experimental models
  • Performs necropsy analysis
  • Performs terminal bleeding of animals for analysis
  • Investigates, creates, designs and develops new methods and technologies for project advancement in collaboration with supervisor
  • Keeps an accurate, comprehensible, concise notebook in accordance with company policy 
  • May assist in training lower level staff members
  • Maintains a safe and organized lab bench
  • Communicates and collaborates with colleagues effectively
  • Contributes to the improvement of in vivo immunology pharmacology scientific methods; participates in the development of hypothesis, conducts analysis of results and draws conclusions; may make modifications to experimental procedures and techniques
  • With latitude in specific areas, plans and executes experiments with appropriate controls; decisions have moderate to advanced scope and impact technical operations or project deadlines
  • Manages a number and wide variety of tasks, techniques, and projects; may act as a scientific mentor to others
  • Proactively identifies complex obstacles to progress in specific areas; recommends and implements solutions using a diverse set of resources; improves work processes; develops innovative scientific methodologies and approaches to enhance research efforts; 
  • Participates on cross-functional team and provides technical leadership in area of expertise; may lead an initiative or one of a broader scope with a less-defined outcome; mentors junior personnel


  • Minimum requirements are a BS/BA with at least 8 years laboratory research experience, OR 
  • MS with at least 6 or more yrs laboratory research experience 
  • Experience in animal handling, test article administration 
  • Skilled and proficient at making detailed observations, analyzing data, and interpreting results so as to be able to suggest, design and pursue relevant experiments
  • Highly skilled in animal handling, including animal surgeries and test article administration (e.g., IP, PO, IV, SC, etc)
  • Working knowledge of in vivo pharmacology principles
  • Demonstrated ability to solve scientific problems creatively, effectively and independently
  • Willing to assist with in vivo Pharmacology objectives in general 
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good multitasking skills


  • While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is regularly required to use hands to handle animals, palpate tissues/objects, use surgical tools, or controls, and to reach with hands or arms.
  • The colleague must lift or move up to 10 pounds on a regular basis in the course of daily activities.


  • Willingness to travel to various meetings, including overnight trips. Some international travel may be required.


  • 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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