Posted to MedZilla on 9/20/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Research Associate, Vaccine Discovery R0009590-MZ


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Job Description


Design and execute experimental programs for assigned projects within Vaccine Discovery. Identify and implement improvements to technical aspects of projects or project efficiency. Prepare technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analyses of experimental procedures, data, and conclusions. Effectively communicate results of experiments and analyses to supervisor and/or project teams.


  • Independently design, execute and analyze scientific experiments.
  • Perform procedures with only general instructions. Identify problems with experiments and implement solutions.
  • Implement new technical solutions to better achieve scientific goals Develop and conduct specialized assays and transfer technology to other users.
  • Effectively analyze and summarize experimental outcomes, record experimental procedures and raw and analyzed data.
  • Train and provide work direction to other Research Associates.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and timely data in laboratory notebooks.
  • Prepare Laboratory Procedures, Business Procedures and Reports Lead interactions with internal partners in other functional areas, external vendors and external scientific partners, as appropriate.
  • Present work in written and oral form to internal and external groups.
  • Ensure production and maintenance of stocks of critical reagents for assigned projects, including viruses, cells, antibodies and other reagents for assays and efficacy studies
  • Participate in monitoring and maintaining facility related aspects of the lab and lab equipment as needed.
  • Perform a wide variety of technical procedures and operate a wide variety of lab instrumentation/computer platforms related to molecular virology and immunology. Other duties as assigned


  • B.S. in Physical or Life Sciences with a minimum of 6 years experience or M.S. in Physical or Life Sciences with a minimum of 4 years of experience.
  • Experience with viruses in a BSL II environment is required; experience with flaviviruses or influenza is desirable
  • Conversant with ELN for record keeping, DOE for assay development and JMP for statistical analysis of data Knowledge of preclinical studies in animal model including study design, study monitoring, sample and data analysis, report writing
  • Hands on experience on Wes, ELISA, Microneutralization, plaque assay, RVP assay and other immunological and virological assays Working knowledge of immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related discipline and technical approaches.
  • Expertise in current instrumentation and analysis techniques and maintenance and familiarity with scientific literature within the relevant scientific discipline.
  • Sound understanding of experimental objectives and concepts of experimental design.
  • Possess organizational, prioritization and general project management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to function cooperatively and effectively in a team environment. Possess good oral and written communication skills. Possess advanced word processing, data entry, data analysis and presentation skills.
  • Comply with safety practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Exhibit the Global Takeda Core Competencies


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc).
  • Typical laboratory bending, stooping, lifting requirements apply.
  • Lifting and moving supplies and equipment (up to 25 pounds).
  • May require specialized respiratory equipment and/or PPE for infectious disease research.


  • Willingness to travel to internal and external training, project and collaborator meetings, including overnight trips (expected to be infrequent).
  • Requires approximately 5% travel.

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