Posted to MedZilla on 1/20/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Research Investigator, Formulation Development 1703319-MZ


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 Research Investigator, Formulation Development in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Research Investigator working on the Formulation Development team, you will be empowered to develop formulations for novel biologic molecules and transfer drug product manufacturing processes to global manufacturing sites, and a typical day will include:

  • Responsible for providing technical leadership for research project implementation and coordination by independently planning and executing unit operations/characterization and optimization experiments
  • Additionally this position assists with preparing technology transfer documentation and provides onsite support/trouble shooting during technology transfer or manufacturing as appropriate for project/role
  • This may include leading technology transfer activities and compiling vendor data for presentation
  • This position also independently interprets and communicates results and owns technical aspects of a project
  • Works with departmental and/or cross functional peers to execute on assignments, under limited supervision
  • Owns responsibility for technical aspects of a project
  • Prepares complex experimental protocols
  • Contributes significantly to project work which may include multiple projects within functional area
  • Reviews, interprets and communicates data internally (e.g., to supervisor, project teams) and prepares technical reports
  • Proposes and implements resolutions to technical problems/issues
  • May participate actively on GCT project teams by communicating activities from designated functional area to project team
  • Designs experiments/unit operations independently including follow up experiments as necessary
  • Assists with the development of project strategy and communicates complex data/decisions within department and cross functionally as necessary
  • Supports local initiatives as directed by supervisor and participates in global CMC or functional initiatives as appropriate
  • Serves as a technical resource for junior staff and leverages expertise in laboratory technology as a functional resource/trainer
  • Coordinates within departmental as well as cross functionally with peers on project work


Education and Experience:

  • Associates degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 7+ years relevant industry experience
  • Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 3+ years relevant industry experience,
  • Previous experience working in lab setting
  • Protein formulation development experience preferred
  • Experience with analytical methods used for protein analysis such as HPLC, CE, spectroscopy, and sub-visible particle analysis
  • Experience with Design of Experiments and statistical principles for experimental design and data analysis; Experience with the development of prefilled syringe products and drug antibody conjugates preferred
  • Experience working with aseptic drug product manufacturer preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills - Able to troubleshoot critical issues or problems and determine causes and possible solutions using appropriate information
  • Teamwork Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment
  • Communication Able to expresses one s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues ; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support contributing to internal technical documents
  • Organization Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use
  • Technical - Advanced proficiency in use of applicable lab equipment and operations


  • May require approximately 5% travel


  • 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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