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Associate Medical Director, Clinical Imaging Scientist

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Mar 3, 2023

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About the role:

At Takeda, we are a forward-looking, world-class R&D organization that unlocks innovation and delivers transformative therapies to patients. By focusing R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as an Associate Medical Director, Clinical Imaging Scientist where you will ensure appropriate use and interpretation of imaging methods, in particular radiological endpoints, in clinical trials and serve as an imaging expert on clinical program teams and scientific point of contact for imaging vendors.

You will also provide a scientific review of imaging-specific clinical trial documents and contribute to building and maintaining a global external Imaging network for Takeda. As part of the Clinical Imaging, you will report to the Head, Clinical Imaging.

How you will contribute:
  • Serve as an in-house Subject Matter Expert in Imaging, especially in later-phase clinical studies and those employing radiological endpoints.
  • Build and maintains relationships with key cross-functional internal stakeholders involved in clinical development (especially, the clinical therapeutic area units).
  • Work with program teams and other advanced technology groups to optimally devise and implement imaging biomarkers in drug development plans and clinical studies.
  • Work closely with preclinical imaging group scientists to ensure smooth translation of imaging biomarkers and alignment between preclinical and clinical platform activities.
  • Represent Imaging on cross-functional Clinical Sub-Teams (CSTs) and Translational Sub-Teams (TSTs) to support imaging strategies and implementation plans.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to development teams about the appropriateness, utility, feasibility, limitations, and benefits of various imaging techniques.
  • Validate and operationalize imaging biomarkers to be fit-for-purpose for drug development.
  • Ensure the proper implementation of imaging in clinical trials by scientific guidance on the choice of imaging core lab and external imaging collaborators, input into study protocols and imaging-specific trial documents, and oversight of imaging conduct and imaging deliverables.
  • Enable the conduct of imaging studies across technological platforms and geographies.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of advances in imaging and assesses these advances for their potential value for Takeda’s portfolio.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable Takeda representative on imaging issues to external imaging experts, imaging biomarker activities, and consortia.
  • Contribute to developing external relationships with key academic imaging centers, imaging diagnostics companies, and imaging CROs.
  • Maintain a scientific profile in the broader community via participation in relevant conferences, consortia, and scientific disclosures.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree MD or MD/Ph.D. with imaging expertise required.
  • Minimum of 7 years experience in imaging (post-PhD or post-MD).
  • Experience in drug development and/or design and implementation of imaging in clinical trials.
  • Cross-imaging modality expertise is strongly preferred (especially MRI and CT) including knowledge of technical fundamentals.
  • Advanced MRI experience preferred.
  • Experience in preclinical as well as clinical imaging is preferred, to facilitate translation.
  • Pragmatism to apply innovative imaging technologies in a “fit for purpose” manner in the drug discovery process.
  • Ability to engage in discussions on imaging biomarkers in innovative drug discovery from early preclinical through to late-stage development.
  • 10 - 15% travel required.

What Takeda can offer you:
  • Comprehensive Healthcare: Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Financial Planning & Stability: 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • 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 and a company match of charitable contributions
  • Family Planning Support
  • Flexible Work Paths
  • Tuition reimbursement

More about us:

At Takeda, we are transforming patient care through the development of novel specialty pharmaceuticals and best-in-class patient support programs. Takeda is a patient-focused company that will inspire and empower you to grow through life-changing work.

Certified as a Global Top Employer, Takeda offers stimulating careers, encourages innovation, and strives for excellence in everything we do. We foster an inclusive, collaborative workplace, in which our teams are united by an unwavering commitment to deliver Better Health and a Brighter Future to people around the world.

This position is currently classified as "hybrid" in accordance with Takeda's Hybrid and Remote Work policy.

Base Salary Range: $184,000-263,000, based on the candidate's professional experience level. Employees may also be eligible for Short-term and Long-Term Incentive benefits as well. Employees are eligible to participate in Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401(k), Charitable Contribution Match, Holidays, Personal Days & Vacation, Tuition Reimbursement Program, and Paid Volunteer Time off.

The final salary offered for this position may take into account a number of factors including, but not limited to, location, skills, education, and experience.

In accordance with the CO Equal Pay Act, Colorado Applicants Are Not Permitted to Apply.


EEO Statement

Takeda is proud in its commitment to creating a diverse workforce and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information or characteristics, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, special disabled veteran, or other protected veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, and any other characteristic protected by law.


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Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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