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Senior Research Associate II

San Diego, CA
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Feb 29, 2024

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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 in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

Join Takeda as a Senior Research Associate II where you will be empowered to develop, validate and execute cell-based assays that model complex cellular biology, with a focus largely on primary cell analysis. You will also perform and interpret research lab assignments independently and contribute to the experimental design and implementation of improvements for routine and non-routine procedures. Here, you will analyze functional endpoints from complex in vitro cell cultures to support TAK-279 preclinical research. As part of the GI and Inflammation Drug Discovery Unit (GI² DDU), you will report to the Associate Director and work with the organization.

How you will contribute:
  • Independently conduct complex in vitro experiments within a project scope, exercise judgement to evaluate a variety of technical factors, and obtain optimum solutions.
  • Independently design well-defined experimental procedures, and independently provide work group with technical guidance and problem resolution related to methods, procedures, and processes.
  • Utilize a battery of in vitro assay technologies in primary cell types to execute on TAK-279 preclinical research including (but not limited to): ELISA, qPCR, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence microscopy.
  • Exercise technical judgement in execution of specialized procedures and interpretation of complex results, initiate routine and non-routine problem investigation and recommend solutions.
  • Perform calculations and basic analysis on experimental results and develop hypotheses.
  • Maintain responsibility for routine laboratory instrumentation and supplies, and maintain good records.
  • Prepare detailed protocols / SOPs that enable transfer of validated assays to project team members and collaborators.
  • Preparation and presentation endpoint analysis to project teams.
  • Organize time and plan specifics of project related work with oversight from manager.
  • 100% lab based at San Diego site.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • BS with 6+ years research experience, or MS with 2+ years research experience; in a scientific discipline of Cellular & Molecular Biology, Immunology, or equivalent; with previous industry experience required (minimum 2 years).
  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of basic Immunology and in vitro pharmacology.
  • Contribute to the improvement of in vitro immunology and pharmacology scientific methods; participate in the development of hypothesis, conduct analysis of results and draw conclusions; make modifications to experimental procedures and techniques.
  • Communicate and collaborate with colleagues effectively.
  • Knowledge in the use of common analytic softwares including Microsoft Office programs and Graphpad Prizm.
  • With latitude in specific areas, plans and executes in vitro experiments with appropriate controls; decisions have moderate to advanced scope and impact technical operations or project deadlines.

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

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.

Base Salary Range: $81,900.00 to $117,000.00, based on candidate 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.


San Diego, CA

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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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