Scientist I Toxicology – Cambridge, MA

Job Description
Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a research scientist-Toxicology, in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Scientist I Toxicology, you will be empowered to provide leadership and global functional expertise for projects in the Takeda portfolio.


  • Help us make safer drugs | The next generation of life changing medicines include gene therapies, oligonucleotides and cell therapies all honed to treat previously untreatable diseases. Help us shape this next generation of life-saving medicines by improving the therapeutics selected for further development based on proactive detection & de-risking of dose limiting toxicities.
  • Deliver decision-making data | Conduct state of the art in vitro assays with cutting-edge technologies to detect & de-risk drug-induced toxicities for medicines in discovery & development. Help shape the evolution of cell & gene therapies to deliver safer & more effective medicines for patients with rare diseases.
  • Develop biomarker models | Validate new biomarkers for drug safety risk assessment


  • Conduct in vitro assays, including biochemical, traditional cell culture and cardiomyocyte functional assays.
  • Use molecular & cellular biology and next generation sequencing technologies to investigate mechanisms of drug-induced toxicity.
  • Collaborate with investigative toxicologists to make safer medicines.
  • Present information at internal and external meetings.

Education, behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Rapid growing group needs scientists with Master of Science in molecular biology, pharmacology or toxicology with 3+ pharma experience, or PhD in molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology or a related discipline. Previous training on wet lab experimental skills are required.
  • Experience with conventional and advanced cell culture approaches with cell lines, primary cells, and iPSC cells. Experience with 3D cell-culture highly desirable.
  • Experiences in CRISPR technology is a plus. Previous experience with next generation sequencing is highly desired.
  • Experience working in a matrixed team environment at a pharmaceutical company and/or CRO
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • 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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