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Senior Research Associate I, IVS Necropsy Technician

Boston, Massachusetts
Start date
May 25, 2024

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Job Description

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 three therapeutic areas and other targeted investments, we push the boundaries of what is possible in order to bring life-changing therapies to patients worldwide.

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.

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Senior Research Associate I, IVS Necropsy Technician in our Cambridge, MA location.

As a Senior Research Associate I, IVS Necropsy Technician, you will be responsible for operational and technical support of the in vivo and pathology teams. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in in vivo necropsy, tissue processing and histology along with extensive experience with nonclinical pathology procedures including necropsy, tissue trimming, histology. Successful candidates will be able to work within a matrixed organization, across multiple reporting lines and functional areas. Join our dynamic in vivo research support team as part of nonclinical discovery research of new drug candidates.As part of the Comparative Medicine team, you will report to Associate Director, Comparative Medicine and work with other groups within Preclinical and Translational Sciences.

How you will contribute:
  • Schedule management, coordination and prioritization of team workload and tracking via Smartsheet.
  • Act as point of contact for coordination of in-house pathology outsourcing of clinical and anatomic pathology analyses (tissue trimming, histology and microscopic evaluation) of non-GLP studies.
  • Pristima study management database support - generate report appendices, pharmacology study entry, clinical pathology data entry, tabular appendices generation, lexicon updates.
  • Import raw Excel data into the company software resource for graphical visualization.
  • Perform necropsy and tissue collections in coordination with the in vivo team.
  • Perform basic postmortem and histology procedures (e.g. handling fixed animal tissues, tissue trimming, accurate slide and cassette labeling, and archiving of specimens).
  • Perform some histology laboratory tasks (e.g. Cassette and slide printing, Starlims e-manifest generation and import, etc)
  • Perform routine scanning of stained slidesusing slide image acquisition systems (e.g. Leica ScanScope/Versa; Hamamatsu Nanozoomer, or similar) and, manage the associated slide image database(s) (e.g. Leica’s eSlideManager; Indica Labs’ HALO Link, Proscia’s Concentriq or similar).
  • Understand and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Study Protocol requirements for all laboratory assigned activities.
  • Coordination of samples (wet tissues, blocks and glass slides) transferring/shipping to long-term archive upon study finalization.
  • Maintain proper documentation for archiving of generated specimens and data in compliance with corporate policies and practices.
  • Participation in routine maintenance of lab equipment, space, including tracking lab consumables.
  • Demonstrate a clear interest and ability in learning new skills along with the ability to be organized, self-motivated, flexible, multitask, and communicate effectively with a team and diverse individuals.

Proficient in all other duties at the Senior Research Associate level:

  • Demonstrates proficiency in advanced technical skills required including routes of administration and sample collection in the laboratory rat and mouse. Leverage technical expertise into opportunities to share skills with external audience.
  • Must be able to interpret study protocols and follow Standard Work Practices independently. Exercises judgment to evaluate a variety of technical factors and obtain optimum solutions.
  • Initiates complex research with no supervision. Contributes to the generation of study designs. Will coordinate sample transfer, formulation requests, and study updates with multiple groups.
  • Responsible for communicating study related findings to Technical Services Management and Study Directors.
  • Performs complex calculations. Creates and understands data using multiple computer platforms.
  • Assumes primary responsibility of study protocols serving as point person to multiple groups.
  • Lead role in training and coaching efforts of team.
  • Reports animal well being concerns to Technical Services Management and the Comparative Medicine veterinary staff. Reports Safety issues to the EH&S department.
  • Guides and understands implications of lab operations decisions. Working knowledge of all policies and procedures for animal users.
  • Demonstrates expertise in operation of laboratory support equipment. Complex computer and mathematic skills required.
  • Able to work well in teams as well as independently. Able to coordinate schedule without supervision. Must be able to interact well with internal and external colleagues. Effectively communicates with Contract Research Organizations.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Requires A.S. /B.S. or equivalent in a scientific field with 2-4 years of previous relevant animal research necropsy and/or histotechnology laboratory experience.
  • Necropsy experience is required.
  • Effective verbal/written communication and team player skills.
  • Experience with collection and documentation of research data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) is desirable.
  • Industry certifications preferred (AALAS, OpEx belt).
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be willing to work off-hours, holidays and weekends.

Takeda Compensation and Benefits Summary

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. We are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices.

For Location:

Boston, MA

U.S. Base Salary Range:

$84,000.00 - $132,000.00

The estimated salary range reflects an anticipated range for this position. The actual base salary offered may depend on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.The actual base salary offered will be in accordance with state or local minimum wage requirements for the job location.

U.S. based employees may be eligible for short-term and/or long-termincentives. U.S.based employees may be eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, a tuition reimbursement program, paid volunteer time off, company holidays, and well-being benefits, among others. U.S.based employees are also eligible to receive, per calendar year, up to 80 hours of sick time, and new hires are eligible to accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation.

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.


Boston, MA

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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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