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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 Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate, Oncology Cell Therapy Innovation 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. Here, you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

As a Research Associate / Sr. Research Associate, you will be empowered to build a world class cell therapy team in Oncology Cell Therapy Innovation.


  • The candidate will play an important role in maintaining human iPSC, T cell, NK cell culture

  • The candidate will be involved in developing and conducting analytical methods such as flow cytometry, in vitro, in vivo killing assays with CAR-T, CAR-NK cells , etc. and conducting experiments to deliver data for cell therapy discovery platforms such as CAR-T, CAR-NK.

  • Conduct CRISPR gene editing in different cell types.

  • Work with Scientist to plan and executes process, characterization and qualification studies.

  • Prepares study protocols, reports, technology transfer documentation. Presents study results at team meetings.


  • Understands project timelines and deliverables and plans/coordinates project work accordingly with departmental, functional and external stakeholders.

  • Works with departmental and/or cross functional peers to execute on assignments, under limited supervision.

  • Owns responsibility for technical aspects of a project.

  • Prepares experimental protocols.

  • Reviews, interprets and communicates data internally (e.g., to supervisor, project teams) and prepares technical reports.


  • Master in Immunology, Oncology, Cell biology, biomedical engineering or related pharmaceutical science; Masters with at least 0-3 years working experience is required for this position. Direct relevant industrial experience is a plus.


  • Experience with human stem cell (e.g., induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)) culture and aseptic techniques.

  • Experience culturing T cells, NK cells.

  • Experience with CRISPR gene editing, cell transfection, transduction, iPSC clone selection.

  • Experience with basic molecular biology such as PCR, sequencing library preparation. Experience with ddPCR or chromosome translocation assays is a plus.

  • Experience with flow cytometry and in vitro, in vivo killing models for CAR-T, CAR-NK cells

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: Able to conduct basic data analysis. Can work with supervisor for troubleshooting critical issues or problems.

  • Teamwork: Ability to work well in a highly cross-functional team environment.

  • Communication: Able to express oneself 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 can successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Knowledge Sharing: Ability to capture organizational knowledge; improve solutions, processes, and deliverables through use of information; improve information capital by contributing experience, theories, deliverables, and models for others to use

  • Technical: Proficient in use of applicable lab equipment and operations.


  • May require approximately 1% 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

  • Community Outreach Programs

Empowering Our People to Shine

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This job posting excludes CO applicants.

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Cambridge, MA

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