Posted to MedZilla on 8/15/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Scientific Director - Cognitive Scientist R0000603-MZ


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Job Description

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 Scientific Director -Cognitive Scientist in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Scientific Director -Cognitive Scientist working on the Translational Research and Early Clinical team, you will be empowered to apply your deep scientific rigor to identify innovative medicines to impact our patients.


This position seeks a proven translational and cognitive neuroscience scientific expert with a strong Neuroscience background and experience in the use of behavioral techniques in the context of clinical and preclinical development of CNS drugs. The primary role is to contribute to research planning, and implementation of cognition and other behavior-based biomarker studies, as well as decision-making based on analysis and interpretation of behavioral results, in programs ranging from pre-candidate nomination stage (Lead Optimization) through Early Proof-of-Concept (Ph 1B, biomarker-driven studies in small patient populations).

Responsibilities include partnering with drug discovery scientists and early project teams for identification and implementation of neurocircuit engagement biomarker studies, identifying and arranging the internal and/or external resources for those studies, and coordinating analyses and presentation of the data. The candidate will also serve as an internal behavioral and cognitive design and implementation expert for consultation with other functions, such as late-stage project teams in the CNS therapeutic area. The scientist will also keep up to date with the field and provide scientific expertise regarding preclinical and early clinical and translational pharmacology initiatives external to the company.


  • PhD + 5 years in Neuroscience research
  • At least 5 years of relevant industry experience in cognitive and behavioral studies
  • Recognized expertise in behavioral assessments as demonstrated by publications, regulatory submissions and/or national or international presentations
  • Experience/knowledge base in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders
  • Excellent understanding of drug discovery and development, including regulatory processes and clinical study design
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills


  • 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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