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Lead Scientist - Cell Therapy Robotics and Automation

Company name
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

Boston, MA, United States

Employment Type

Sciences, Scientist, Chemistry, Engineering

Posted on
Oct 12,2019

Valid Through
Jan 25,2020

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused, innovation-driven company that will inspire you and empower you to shine? Join us as a Lead Scientist - Cell Therapy Robotics and Automation Lead in our Cambridge office.

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 Future

to people around the world.

Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.


The Takeda Cell Therapy team is investing in the development of automated tools to optimize cell therapy workflows including process, analytics and GMP. This position’s primary role is to provide leadership in the development, implementation and deployment of high throughput robotic/liquid handling system across Takeda’s Cell Therapy programs, from pre-clinical to commercial assets.  In this role you will be expected to work with external partners to develop and build custom automated solutions, and to work 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 robotic/liquid handling tools for cell therapy process/analytical automation

Set up, qualify and oversee the operation of High-Throughput liquid handling systems, as well as the implementation of robotics systems in GMP

Lead definition and implementation of Large Scale DoEs for process/analytical development, including critical process parameter (CPP) refinement and definition, media development/optimization as well as target selection.

Work cross functionally with the Analytical, Process and GMP groups to drive optimization of unit operations via integration of automated processing and data analytics.

Responsible for mapping the integration and utilization of robotic solutions into GMP.

Assist in the integration and implementation of digital data enterprises, interfacing across pre-clinical, development, manufacturing and clinical groups

Train and oversee associates on both robotics processing and analysis/interpretation of experimental results.

Supports local and global initiatives which may include leading initiatives or work streams

Contribute to and review regulatory documents.


Education Requirements:

Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 5 years relevant experience

PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 3 years relevant experience

Technical Requirements:

Must have demonstrated experience in the development and operation of automated, integrated liquid handling systems, such Hamilton, High-Res or similar.

Prior experience in implementation of high-throughput robotics systems for Cell Therapy applications not required but highly desired.

Must have a strong understanding of processing automation, including batch and continuous control applications.

Prior involvement and oversight of Factory Acceptance (FAT) and Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) for new robotic system is a plus.

Hands on expertise with the operation of scheduling software, articulating arms, stacker-based devices, liquid handlers, plate readers, barcode printers, incubators, I/O boards and similar is desired.

Must have proven experience in multidisciplinary clinical projects and teams with ability to integrate cross-functional information.

Prepare and maintain the necessary troubleshooting documentation for the equipment/Instruments/systems.

Create and Maintain Team structure and systems for scheduling equipment and instruments documentation storage and access

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

Knowledge and Skills:

Technical Skills – proficient at robotics/liquid handling system development and implementation, with particular focus on high-throughput systems for cell therapy development.

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 leading large projects as well as external collaboration. Prior experience with FAT and SAT for automated tools is preferred,

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 15% 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

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