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Manager Flow Cytometry Cell Therapies

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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

Boston, MA, United States

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Chemistry, Sciences, Engineering

Posted on
Jul 13, 2021

Valid Through
Oct 26, 2021

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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 Scientist/Research Investigator, Flow Cytometry Management, Cell therapies in our Cambridge, MA 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.

The analytical team within cell therapy is looking for someone passionate about flow cytometry and managing the cytometers within the cell therapy group. The individual will primarily be responsible for maintaining cytometers in a core environment, user trainings and development of 8-12-parameter based assays on BD Lyric and CANTO. Additionally, he/she will work with the high parameter flow cytometry team and develop 20 color assays to characterize the CART cells, while playing a major role in understanding and analyzing clinical samples.

As a member of the analytical development team, the individual will have the opportunity to contribute in multiple development programs and to assist in development, validation and transfer of analytical methods to advance Takeda`s portfolio.


Responsible for maintaining the flow cytometry equipment, conducting training seminars for users under minimal supervision. This position will also support flow cytometry panel design, assay development.


Performs the daily maintenance and tracking of flow cytometers.

Helps users with troubleshooting and contacts service as needed

Coordinates all activities surrounding the flow cytometers including contacting external and internal departments and keeping up with the inventory and the maintenance.

Trains users in the operation of cytometer and FlowJo analysis software.

Provides support in experimental setup, acquisition, analysis and creates templates on analysis software

Contributes to technical documents such as test methods, reports, protocols, SOP and internal presentations

Contributes significantly in a small team of scientists towards the optimization, qualification and technical transfer of flowcytometry based analytical methods in a compliance-based environment in a timely manner to meet program timelines

Identifies and communicates routine technical problems within scope of responsibility 

Contribute scientifically to project team and local initiatives as appropriate

Makes and understands basic experimental decisions within scope of responsibility.

Contributes to technical transfer of experimental data/procedures to vendors as appropriate

Documents personal experimental results accurately and completely in laboratory notebook.

Collaborates departmentally as well as cross functionally with peers on project work as appropriate.

Additional accountabilities for a Scientist level role include:

Can replace instrument parts without the need to contact the service.

Identifies project needs, independently designs and develops 12 parameter panels on BD Lyric and 20 parameter panels on BD Symphony for various projects in cell therapies and establishes those panels on instruments by conducting appropriate experiments

Applies the developed panels on clinical samples, analyzes the data via advanced analysis platforms such as viSNE, FlowSOM, CITRUS, SPADE and summarizes the results.

Participates in assay development and qualification.

Builds analytical capabilities of the team by identifying advanced platforms to enhance our knowledge of the cell therapy products.

Optimizes instruments/PMTs and standardizes cytometers



Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science and 8 years relevant industry experience

Masters degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 6 years relevant industry experience

PhD in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering or related pharmaceutical science; 0 years relevant industry experience

Bachelors or Masters: Extensive experience in CMC pharmaceutical development for active pharmaceutical ingredients and drug products under cGMP’s

Sound knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

Previous experience with the use of contract facilities

Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary team environment

PhD: Demonstrated mastery of subject or area related to field

Knowledge and Skills:

Experience in flow cytometry is a must, especially with BD CANTOII, BD Lyric, BD Symphony.

Knowledge in immunology and/or immune oncology

Experiences in immune cell handling, including cell isolation and culture

Experiences in cellular characterization assays, including flow cytometry-based is required, Amnis imaging flow cytometry-based, ELISA, qPCR and other cell-based assays.

Experiences with assay validation and tech transfer is desired.

Teamwork – Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment

Communication - Able to expresses one’s self clearly and concisely within team; documents issues and/or concerns concisely with colleagues; timely and effectively communicates issues to supervisor; technical writing skills to support contributing to internal technical documents

Organization - Exercises good time management and prioritization skills and is able to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously 


May require approximately 5% 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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