Associate Director, Computational and Statistical Genetics

Location
San Diego, California
Posted
Sep 14, 2018
Ref
R0003627
Required Education
Doctorate/PHD/MD
Position Type
Full time

Overview

Takeda is a global, innovation-driven pharmaceutical leader with 30,000 professionals working together across more than 70 countries. We have maintained an unwavering dedication to put patients first for more than 235 years while we live our values of Takeda-ism—Integrity, Fairness, Honesty, and Perseverance. We are united by our mission to strive towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

We focus our research and development on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, neuroscience, and on providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.

Takeda California generates highly disease-specific and patient-tailored transformative new medicines aligned with Takeda’s global market strategies through research in Gastrointestinal (GI), Neuroscience and Immunology. Takeda California’s team of experienced scientists and clinicians deliver on the needs of patients by blending its internal capabilities, global Takeda resources, and expertise and technology from best-in-class external partners. In early 2019, Takeda California will open a new 165,000 square-foot building with the intent to make it an external innovation and collaboration hub for San Diego.

Responsibilities

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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 an Associate Director, Computational and Statistical Genetics, in our San Diego office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.  As an Associate Director, Computational and Statistical Genetics working on the Computational Biology team, you will be empowered to lead a team and perform computational and statistical analysis of human genetics data sets

POSITION OBJECTIVES:

  • The Associate Director will be part of a team focused on computational biology support of discovery research and translational science. S/he will lead a group of experts in computational and statistical genetics to generate insights from big human data to support reverse and forward translation across multiple therapeutic areas of interest of Takeda. The Associate Director will apply expertise in statistical genetics, computational biology and genomics to analyze biobank, population scale molecular profiling and phenotype data for the identification and characterization of genes, networks and pathways involved in normal and perturbed physiology. This information will be used to understand the molecular basis of disease pathology and the mechanism of action of drugs, and ultimately be used for selection and progression of drug targets and assets.

POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Sets strategic direction, develops tactical plans, motivates, develops and leads team to execute projects effectively
  • Applies statistical genetics analyses to large scale internal and external genetics and genomics data to support or falsify target hypotheses and support patient and indication selection and biomarker development.
  • Performs computational analysis of WES, RNA-seq, other OMICS and real-world data from internal, collaboration and public sources. Applies unsupervised and supervised machine learning and other advanced algorithms to extract novel biologically meaningful information.
  • Integrates genomics, genetics, epigenetics, proteomics and literature data to strengthen understanding of diseases and treatment perturbations. 
  • Interact with the external scientific community to bring cutting-edge statistical and computational methods to bear on drug development.
  • Provides analysis and interpretation of data, specifically for the selection of new drug targets and indications
  • Writes study reports and presents data effectively in all settings and with participants of all levels of the organization.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

  • PhD or equivalent in statistical genetics, computational biology or similar area with Post Doc and at least 8 years of working experience after post-doc
  • Has a solid background in basic cellular and molecular biology with an understanding of a range of disease areas including neurobiology, gastroenterology, immunology and oncology. Exposure to a wide variety of therapeutic areas such as neuroscience, gastroenterology and oncology is a plus. 
  • Fluent in the use of R, Bioconductor, Python, and/or other languages commonly used for statistical genetics and computational genomics analysis. 
  • Must be expert in utilizing of various types of human genetic datasets (e.g. GWAS, CNVs, Rare variants, etc.) and has hands on experience in using public human genetics and epigenetics databases.
  • Must be expert in statistical genetics with solid understanding in frequentist or Bayesian inference, Mendelian randomization and polygenetic risk score calculation.
  • Must be expert in sequencing data analysis such as RNAseq, DNAseq, scRNA-seq, etc.
  • Must have a proven track record in the analysis of large OMICS data
  • Is able to develop creative methods for integration of human genetic, epigenetic, gene and protein expression data
  • Must be expert and able to apply advanced machine learning methods such as Hidden Markov Chain, Elastic net, neural nets and deep learning algorithms.
  • Must be able to apply methods of unsupervised machine learning algorithms such as WGCNA, K-means, Hierarchical, DBSCAN, and/or Spectral clustering
  • Must be able to apply methods of dimensionality reduction algorithms such as Non-negative Matrix Factorization (NMF), Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Independent Component Analysis (ICA), Manifold Learning and similar techniques.
  • Driving results is essential. Need to be able to motivate individuals in a cross-functional, matrixed organization and project team setting, to achieve and exceed goals by establishing accountabilities, clarifying performance expectations, agreeing to high standards and measures, monitoring and reviewing performance, and providing timely and relevant feedback.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinker with an ability to create and drive a shared understanding of a long-term vision.
  • Planning, priority setting, and time management are essential.
  • Accountability – takes responsibility for his or her own performance and accepts full ownership of issues, problems, and opportunities, regardless of the source.
  • Comfort with initiating analyses without always having a clear direction planned in advance
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation, including ability for divergent thinking and the propensity to question to traditional methods, processes, and products, as well as build on others' ideas.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal sensitivity, and negotiating skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Carrying, handling, and reaching for objects up to 25lbs
  • Able to work in a lab environment

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Up to 20 % travel, both domestic and internally may be required

WHAT TAKEDA CAN OFFER YOU:

  • 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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