Posted to MedZilla on 6/24/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Research Associate 1700400-MZ



Responsible for supporting the cell line development team through participation in transfection, subcloning, expansion and selection of cell lines for clinical and commercial production. This position will perform laboratory experiments using a variety of cell culture technologies including liquid handling automation and small scale bioreactors. The candidate will need strong organizational skills and experience with MS Excel to review and interpret large amounts of data. This position will be expected to conduct experiments with limited supervision, documenting experimental steps in an electronic laboratory notebook, and drafting support documentation.


  • Works with department peers to execute well defined assignments.
  • Prepares experimental protocols as appropriate/necessary
  • Interprets data with support from supervisor, and contributes to technical reports.
  • Identifies and communicates routine technical problems within scope of responsibility
  • Supports project team and local initiatives as appropriate
  • Makes and understands basic experimental decisions within scope of responsibility.
  • Assists with technical transfer of experimental data/procedures to vendors as appropriate
  • Documents personal experimental results accurately and completely in laboratory notebook.
  • Coordinates with departmental peers on project work as appropriate.


  • Associates degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 2+ years relevant industry experience
  • Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; some relevant industry experience preferred
  • Appropriate laboratory training
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills -Able to troubleshoot routine issues or problems using appropriate information
  • Teamwork - Ability to work well within small group functional teams.
  • Communication Skills -Ability to expresses one s self clearly and concisely within function; documents issues and/or concerns concisely; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor
  • Organization Exercises good time management skills


  • Some laboratory activities require repetitive motion.
  • May require approximately 5% travel.

Biologics Upstream Cell Line Development:
Experience in solution preparation, working within a laboratory setting and strong documentation practices are required. Prior experience with cell culture laboratory procedures and aseptic technique is preferred.

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