Posted to MedZilla on 11/13/2019

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Scientist, Cell Therapy Automation and Engineering R0013231-MZ


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At Takeda, we are transforming the pharmaceutical industry through our R&D-driven market leadership and being a values-led company. To do this, we empower our people to realize their potential through life-changing work. Certified as a Global Top Employer, we offer stimulating careers, encourage innovation, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our global teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Futureto people around the world.

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The Cell Therapy Pharmaceutical Sciences team is pursuing several programs towards in-human clinical studies, in addition to managing Takeda s commercial cell therapy assets. This position s primary role is to provide technical leadership in bringing these programs to patients, with particular focus on process and analytical engineering, automation and digital enterprises. In this role you will be expected to contribute to the definition of Takeda s Cell Therapy manufacturing strategy, working cross-functionally across development, automation and manufacturing teams to support the definition and implementation of Takeda s future programs and manufacturing/data platforms.


  • Work within the Cell Therapy Engineering and Automation group to develop and optimize cell therapy processes and workflows towards GMP
  • Support the definition and implementation of Takeda s Cell Therapy automation strategy, with particular focus on development and implementation of automated cell processing tools
  • Work cross functionally with the Analytical, Process and GMP groups to qualify and transition programs from development to GMP
  • Design and lead experiments, analyze data and prepare reports/technical summaries. Present outcomes to both internal and external stakeholder
  • Lead the qualification and validation of custom automated solutions for cell therapy manufacturing, working with external vendors as well as with internal stakeholders
  • Assist in the integration and implementation of digital data enterprises, interfacing across pre-clinical, development, manufacturing and clinical groups
  • Supports local and global initiatives which may include leading initiatives or work streams
  • Contribute to and review regulatory documents


Education Requirements:

Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or related pharmaceutical science and 5+ years relevant experience

Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 2+ years relevant experience

PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science

Technical Requirements:

Must have experience in Cell Therapy development and manufacturing or relevant academic background in biology/biotechnology and/or cell engineering.

Must be familiar with cell culture requirements, both process and analytics. Prior experience with GMP automation tools is a plus.

Must be proficient at analyzing, summarizing and presenting data. Use of statistical analysis tools (JMP or similar) to drive experimental design and optimization via DoE and similar approaches is a plus.

Experience in multidisciplinary clinical projects and teams with ability to integrate cross-functional information

Experience in working in conjunction with engineering and automation department to deliver phase-appropriate manufacturing solutions (including custom solutions)

Experience in CAR-T, immunology, immune-oncology or vaccines with strong understanding of technical manufacturing requirements

Knowledge and Skills:

Technical Skills proficient at cell culture, analysis and aseptic techniques.

Teamwork Skills Demonstrated ability to work well on global cross-functional teams.

Communication Skills Able to expresses one s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; adjusts communication style as appropriate for the audience; timely and effectively communicates with senior management; technical writing skills to support authorship and approval of internal technical documents

Portfolio Management / Stakeholder Management Demonstrated experience in projects, including timelines and milestones.

Organization Exercises good time management and prioritization skills to balance multiple project and departmental objectives

Technical - Demonstrated ability to successfully contribute across multiple scientific endeavors. Prior experience in URS, RFP and custom engineered solutions.

Knowledge Sharing - Ability to capture knowledge within the organization; improves solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improves information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use

Resource Management -Project management skills; ability to manage one s time within individual, departmental, and corporate goals and timelines; management of internal external resources (vendors)

External Involvement Demonstrated involvement in professional community evidenced by presentation of scientific posters or lectures at professional conferences or events. Interacts with external vendors for projects

Leadership Skills Develops and uses knowledge and interpersonal skills to appropriately influence and guide others towards the accomplishment of department/function goals and objectives.


May require approximately up to 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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